More police officers to target domestic violence in NSW.
Domestic violence prevention and action is set to become a bigger priority for the NSW police force.
The DV specialist NSW police unit will be getting additional officers to target repeat offenders and those who don’t comply with apprehended violence orders.
Police Minister Paul Toole says police prosecutions will also get a boost, with an additional 35 positions created to help achieve convictions. The minister announced 120 new positions on Monday, saying it was the biggest increase in police numbers across the state in more than 30 years.
The extra positions are part of 550 new officers this financial year. The government needs to fulfil a 2018 commitment to hire 1500 staff over four years at a cost of $583 million.
Mr Toole said the new positions would lead to more proactive policing, including increased foot patrols and more officers in “high-risk areas”.
“This is about giving police the resources they need to stay ahead of the game and to make sure that they keep our community safe,” he said.
The extra officers would also provide more support to victims and more time to investigate crime.
If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.
You can also call safe steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for further information.
The Men's Referral Service is also available on 1300 766 491 or via online chat at www.ntv.org.au.
Canberra to ban new petrol cars from 2035.
The ACT has announced they will become the first jurisdiction in Australia to mandate electric vehicles.
Motorists in Canberra will be banned from purchasing new “fossil fuel” vehicles in the nation’s capital from 2035, meaning all new cars, motorcycles and small trucks must be electric.
Interestingly, other states are expected to follow in the coming years.
“Our intent is that from 2035, you will not be able to put new (cars) on the road,” Minister for Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said. “But the government does not intend to take your car off the road if you’re driving around in an all-petrol vehicle.”
Overseas, the UK government has already announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.
In terms of financial assistance, people in the ACT can already access an interest-free loan of up to $15,000 to buy electric cars.
The ACT is expected to follow in the footsteps of Europe and the UK in mandating an end date for the sale of new ICE cars. #ElectricCars #ElectricVehicle #SWMFeed #ACT #Canberrahttps://t.co/JNd1XNfDt7— CarExpert (@CarExpertAus) July 18, 2022
Russian spies found in Ukraine’s Security Service.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has sacked the head of the country’s domestic security service and state prosecutor, citing hundreds of cases of alleged treason and collaboration with Russia, as Moscow appeared set to step up military operations.
Zelensky said more than 60 officials from the SBU security service and prosecutor’s office were working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied territories, and 651 treason and collaboration cases had been opened against law enforcement officials.
“Such an array of crimes against the foundations of the national security of the state pose very serious questions to the relevant leaders,” Zelensky said. “Each of these questions will receive a proper answer.”
Regarding the sacking of the Ukrainian head of the security service, he said: “Sufficient evidence has been collected to report this person on suspicion of treason. All his criminal activities are documented.”
Surprisingly, the now ex-head of the security service, Ivan Bakanov, was a childhood friend of President Zelensky. And in 2020, Zelensky said about Bakanov: “There has never been such an honest head of the Security Service of Ukraine.”
Emily Ratajkowski Doesn’t Get A ‘Hot Pass’.
Ricky Martin has been accused of domestic violence and incest by his 21-year-old nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez. Here’s everything we know about the allegations so far.
And Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have joined the list of celebrities opting for low-key Las Vegas weddings, according to a new newsletter penned by Mrs Jennifer Lynn Affleck. From a vintage movie dress to an Elvis car and a… dirty bathroom, we need to dissect the celebrity wedding news of the year.
Plus, it’s been reported that model and best-selling author Emily Ratajkowski is planning to divorce her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, after he allegedly cheated on her. But it’s not the cheating allegations that we need to unpack – instead we need to talk about the intense reaction from the public who are shocked that Em Rata didn’t have a ‘hot pass’ to protect her from infidelity.
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$750 COVID payment to resume, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Yesterday marked eight years since the downing of flight MH17.
We took a look back at the tragedy that claimed the lives 298 people including 80 children and how protestors marked the anniversary, here.
These are the top news stories you need to know today, Monday July 18.
1. $750 COVID isolation payment to resume as second COVID cruise ship docks in Sydney.
COVID-19 isolation payments will resume later this week, as health authorities try to stop rising case numbers across the country.
From Wednesday, employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate from their jobs can receive a $750 payment.
It comes after the federal government agreed to extend the isolation payments to the end of September, after the scheme concluded on June 30.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the payments, which will cost $780 million, were reinstated following health advice on the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases caused by a more infectious strain of the Omicron sub-variant.
Meanwhile, a second cruise ship dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak has docked in Sydney.
More than 100 people on board the Pacific Explorer, which was carrying 2800 passengers and crew, have tested positive to COVID-19, after the Coral Princess arrived in Sydney last week.
Carnival Cruises says it will pay for those who do not live close to Sydney to stay in a hotel to complete their week-long isolation.
A second cruise ship dealing with a COVID outbreak onboard is set to dock in Sydney this morning. pic.twitter.com/D059zvmCLr— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 17, 2022
In Victoria, the state government has put forward a more than $160 million package to respond to a wave of COVID-19 hospitalisations set to occur in coming weeks.
The money will be used to fund 400 additional specialist staff across 12 major hospitals in Melbourne and Geelong.
The country recorded more than 78,000 new cases and 107 deaths over the weekend.
2. Police search for three missing children in NSW.
Police are searching for three children missing from NSW’s Central Coast.
Geordi Finlayson-Walker, aged nine, and his sisters Sahara, aged eight, and Havana, aged five, are believed to be in the company of their father, Anthony Walker.
They were last seen on Lakeview Road, Umina Beach, around 11.15am on Saturday.
Police were notified after they failed to return home, with family and police concerned for their welfare due to their age.
Have you seen Georgi, Sahara and Havana Finlayson-Walker? The 9, 8, and 5-year-olds are believed to be in the company of their father, Anthony Walker. Last seen Umina Beach yesterday (Sat 16/7). A SMS geo-targeting alert has since been issued. MORE INFO:https://t.co/4qVggTNRC2 pic.twitter.com/UeSdPUEs5l— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) July 17, 2022
Police believe the children may be travelling with their 58-year-old father in a white 2010 Toyota Aurion sedan with NSW registration BNR-21J.
3. Greens yet to decide climate bill stance.
Greens leader Adam Bandt says he wants to work with the government on its upcoming climate bill, but the party's final stance is still undecided.
The government will introduce legislation to formally lock in a 43 per cent emissions reduction target when parliament resumes later this month. The bill will also lock in a net-zero by 2050 goal, as well as require the minister to provide regular updates on how the targets are being met.
The Greens have called for a higher target to be put in place to reduce emissions, despite calls from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for all MPs across the parliament to back the legislation.
Bandt said it was still too early to determine whether the party will support the climate legislation, and did not rule out voting against it alongside the coalition.
"It's good that we're finally taking action on climate, but we need to do better ... we're up for talking, we're up for moving, we're up for shifting," he told the ABC's Insiders program on Sunday.
Bandt said he would also call for no new coal and gas projects to be approved, as well as ensuring the 43 per cent target would not be able to be reduced by future governments.
The government would need the support of all 12 Greens in the Senate plus one upper house crossbencher in order to pass any legislation if the opposition vote against the bill.
4. Aussie Cameron Smith wins British Open.
Australian golf player Cameron Smith has won the 150th British Open at St Andrews, after closing with a record eight-under-par 64 on Sunday.
With a remarkable five successive birdies to start the back nine, Smith overtook favourite Rory McIlroy to become the first Australian to claim the win since Greg Norman at Royal St George's in 1993.
"Ah, geez, what a week. I'm going to fall apart here, I know," Smith said, choking back tears after being handed the trophy.
"All the names on there, every player that's been at the top of their game has won this championship.
"It's pretty cool to be on there. It really hasn't sunk in yet. I don't think it will for a few weeks. Yeah, it's just unreal."
5. Ricky Martin denies incest allegations.
Singer Ricky Martin has denied allegations he engaged in an incestuous relationship with his nephew.
In a statement to TODAY, Martin’s attorney, Marty Singer, said, "Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges."
"Ricky Martin has, of course, never been — and would never be — involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew... The idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting."
Earlier this month, police attempted to issue a domestic abuse restraining order against Martin, under 'Law 54', also known as the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act. Based on the nature of the case, authorities have not revealed the petitioner's name.
Martin has since denied the allegations in the domestic abuse restraining order. He also released an additional statement on Twitter, saying the allegations are "false", also noting he is "grateful for the countless messages of solidarity".
Martin's brother Eric Martin has since revealed the accuser is the singer's 21-year-old nephew - the son of Martin's stepsister - Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, publications Marca and Latin Post reported.
According to Sanchez, Martin exercised "physical and psychological attacks" on him during the relationship they had for seven months. Martin's attorney has said the allegations are untrue.
If found guilty of incest, the singer could face up to 50 years in prison under Puerto Rico's laws.
That's it, you're all up to speed. We'll be back with more of the biggest news stories throughout the day.
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Aussies warned not to build as construction firms go bust.
Since the federal government introduced the Home Builder grants program, thousands of Aussies have excitedly applied for the financial assistance to help fulfil their dream of building or seriously renovating their home.
Unfortunately, for many people that dream has turned into a nightmare as dozens of building companies have gone bust, and experts are warning that many more construction firms are vulnerable.
The Quicky speaks to a woman who has experienced this with her renovation, a guru in construction law, and an expert in supply chain management to find out why this is happening, and what can be done to protect people who have already invested in their dream home project.
Feature Image: AAP.