Tuesday's news in under 5 minutes


BREAKING NEWS: A 19 year-old man has been arrested in Brisbane after the brutal murder of a Korean tourist in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Korean national Eunji Ban, 22, was killed as she walked to her cleaning job in central Brisbane on Sunday.

A 19-year-old Spring Hill man is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today

1. Nauru baby

The 31-year old mother Latifa

Lawyers will argue in a Brisbane court today to stop a newborn baby and his family being sent to Nauru.

The woman from Myanmar, was transferred from Nauru to give birth a fortnight ago.

AAP report that they remain in detention with the child’s father and siblings.

The newborn, Ferouz remains weak, has trouble breastfeeding and his mother is recovering from a caesarean birth and suffers from diabetes.

Mamamia has previously reported on this here.

2. Vaccine decision

A controversial group that claims vaccines cause autism and cancer will be forced to change its name after the Administrative Decisions Tribunal found the name “Australian Vaccination Network” (AVN) was likely to mislead an ordinary member of the public into thinking it provided comprehensive information about vaccination.

The victory is the end of a long-running legal battle between the AVN and various arms of the NSW government.

3. Breast cancer photographer dies

Photographer Kiki van de Laar has died

A courageous 27-year old Adelaide mother of two Kiki van de Laar has died of breast cancer. A photographer, Kiki van de Laar documented her breast cancer journey. Her images went viral when she released a book about her struggle.

For more on her inspirational fight against breast cancer read this post here. “Kiki van de Laar dies”

4. Women’s superannuation

‘Unfair and unstaintable changes’ are afoot for women and low income workers with the Coalition’s plans to scrap the $500 Low Income Super Contribution for people earning less than $37,000 a year as part of its bill to repeal the mining tax.

Industry superannuation funds are warning these changes will cut as much as $27,000 from the retirement savings of 3.5 million Australians.

5. Gonski reforms

The States are demanding the Abbott government stand by its pledge to honour Labor’s schools funding agreements after Education Minister Christopher Pyne flagged a revamp of the reforms.

6. Defence force sex ring

An alleged ringleader of the so-called Jedi Council defence force sex ring has been charged by police.

Hastings Fredrickson, an ex-army commando attended Queanbeyan police station yesterday to be charged with six counts of using a carriage service to cause offence. It is alleged that a group of up to 17 men had shared videos of naked women.


7. Water skier death

A world champion water skier has died after a high-speed fall in the Bridge to Bridge race on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. Sarah Teelow died last night.

8. Child abuse retreat allegations

Disturbing accusations are being made by former carers and staff about their time at Heal for Life, a foundation that runs retreats for victims of child sexual abuse in four states of Australia. The ABC has reported that several former carers have come forward to complain of inadequate training, routine self-harm, and bizarre allegations of a satanic cult.

Heal for Life was founded by the high-profile former TV and movie casting agent Liz Mullinar.

If you or a member of your family need help, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

9. Same-sex marriage

The ACT government filed a response yesterday to a Commonwealth submission which had argued the ACT same-sex marriage law was unconstitutional.

The ACT’s legal team said that territory-based same-sex marriage laws could operate concurrently with the federal Marriage and Family Law Acts.

The case will be heard by the full bench of the High Court on December 3 and 4.

10. Pre-school note

A preschool teacher in New York has written a note to parents urging them to take action over the “soiled, stained” clothes she alleges they send their children to school in, making them “unclean” and giving off “unpleasant” smells.

Furious family members have hit back, saying the note taught hatred and have challenged the teacher to show compassion.

11. Christmas lights

A Canberra family have claimed a world record with 502,165 Christmas lights for the second time. Father-of-three David Richards from Canberra first won the title in 2011 with 331,038 lights, but was beaten by a family in New York who put up 346,283.

His family vowed to take regain the title this Christmas. His display raises funds for SIDS & Kids ACT.

In Brief:

An international peace conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war will be held on January 22.

Yale University is advising students and staff to shelter in place as authorities look for a gunman.

Katie Couric is leaving ABC News American to join Yahoo to anchor a news program for the Internet company.

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