Man charged with murder after woman killed in Victoria.
A man has faced court over the death of a woman who was found injured at her home in Melbourne's northwest, who died from her injuries.
Hayden Kidd, 20, was charged with murder after a 67-year-old woman - Shirley Kidd - was found with critical injuries at a Darley property about 10.30 pm on Saturday. She could not be revived by emergency services and died at the scene.
Police confirmed the pair were known to each other, and it is believed that Shirley was his grandmother.
Shirley is the 20th woman killed by violence in 2022, and one of two women killed over the weekend this Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.
Friend Lisa Miller told the Herald Sun that Shirley was always cheerful and positive.
“Not only was she a loving mum but, my god, she devoted her time and love to her grandkids. She would often be at the school picking up or dropping off one of her grandbabies.”
Miller said Shirley’s family was “broken beyond belief”.
“I don’t know how they will ever deal with this loss. Nothing was ever too much for her to help them, it’s horrific.”
Loved ones have also described Shirley as having “a pure heart of gold”.
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.
NSW Police destroy tonnes of guns in firearm amnesty.
Three tonnes of firearms, including rifles, pistols and shotguns, will be destroyed in NSW this month after being seized by police in criminal investigations or handed in by the community.
The haul consists of 2809 firearms, weighing 3228kg, includes pistols, rifles, shotguns, military-style firearms, home-made firearms, gel blasters, air pistols and air rifles.
"They are going to go to the scrap heap," said Deputy Premier and Police Minister Paul Toole. "They will be firearms that will no longer be in people's households. They are firearms that are no longer going to be out there on our streets."
A firearm amnesty, put into place in July of last year, had assisted in allowing firearms to be surrendered no questions asked.
NSW bans single use plastic bags.
Single-use plastic bags will be banned in New South Wales this week, starting from Wednesday.
The ban applies to “lightweight plastic bags” but does not include bin liners, dog-poop bags and thin bags used for fresh produce at grocery stores.
Later in the year around November, single-use plastic straws, cutlery, chopsticks and food picks will also be banned.
NSW Environment Minister James Griffin said single-use bags are convenient but their impact is great - so it’s time to say goodbye to them.
“Single-use plastic is used by many of us for just a few convenient minutes, but it remains in our environment for many years, eventually breaking into microplastics. Single-use plastic items and packaging make up for 60% of all litter in NSW.”
NSW plastic bag ban: how will it work and what will be gained from it? https://t.co/AhpV0JNZHd— Guardian news (@guardiannews) May 29, 2022
Unpacking the real motive behind Australia’s new ‘cheating scandal’.
Singer Lachie Gill has won the 2022 season of The Voice Australia, but the news has once again kick-started an important conversation about diversity and reality TV.
And Busy Phillips has announced that she and her husband, screenwriter Marc Silverstein, have separated after 15 years of marriage and are planning to divorce. The couple kept the news a secret for well over a year and said that going down the normal celebrity separation path “made them both feel sick”.
Plus, it’s the story that’s been dominating headlines for the past few days, a ‘cheating scandal involving Married At First Sight stars Olivia Frazer and Jackson Lonie. Now we need to talk about the publicity stunt accusations and what this says about the public’s appetite for reality TV stars and public misfortunes.
Listen to The Spill below:
Barnaby Joyce defeated as Nationals leader.
In more news from Canberra, Barnaby Joyce has been defeated as leader of the National party by Maranoa MP David Littleproud.
Littleproud beat former minister Darren Chester in a three-way contest to lead the party.
Senator Perin Davey has been elected as his deputy.
"The National party today starts its journey towards 2025, with a vibrant team, ready to articulate the policies that are important to regional and rural Australia, but also to draw on the experience of two former deputy prime ministers in Barnaby Joyce and Michael McCormack," Littleproud told media.
I effectively became a member of @The_Nationals 40 years ago as a 6 year old boy handing out for my father in Chinchilla in a state election.— David Littleproud MP (@D_LittleproudMP) May 30, 2022
To be elected Leader is one of the proudest moments of my life.
I’m looking forward to working alongside @PerinDavey & @senbmckenzie. pic.twitter.com/TeKaRkh8XG
Peter Dutton confirmed as Australia's new opposition leader.
Peter Dutton has been confirmed as the new leader of the Liberal Party.
As expected, his deputy will be Sussan Ley.
BREAKING | Peter Dutton has been confirmed as the new leader of the Liberal Party. Sussan Ley will take the deputy position.— 2GB Sydney (@2GB873) May 30, 2022
The pair were elected un-opposed to take over, with Queensland Liberal MP Stuart Robert confirming as much on Nine this morning.
"(I'm) super happy about the party room and the leadership team we're bringing in," he said.
Mr Robert also said he expected there would be more women on the Liberal front bench, following a reshuffle after former ministers lost their seats in the May 21 election.
Addressing the media, Dutton said, "As prime minister, you need strength of character and relentless resolve to see our country through the good and the bad times. They are among the character traits that I bring to this job."
The 51-year-old also paid tribute to "Scott Morrison, his wife Jenny, and his girls for the enormous contribution they’ve made not just to our country but the Liberal Party as well".
"We wish them all the very best in the next stage of their life."
Dutton to be elected Liberal leader today, and all the news you need to know this morning.
National Reconciliation Week continues today and this year, we're hearing lots of talk about the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about the statement after the government committed to it "in full", right here.
But first, let's get you across the top news stories you need to know today, Monday May 30.
1. Dutton to become first Queenslander to lead Liberals.
Former defence minister Peter Dutton is set to be the first Queenslander to lead the Liberal party.
The Dickson MP is tipped as Scott Morrison's likely replacement when the party meets today, with Sussan Ley seeking to become the deputy leader.
Dutton, a former police officer, spruiked his credentials for the job of opposition leader following his nomination.
"In a prime minister you need someone who won't buckle in hard times and will stand up for our country and I have proven that in the portfolios I've had," he wrote on Facebook.
"My work ethic is second to none and I have the skill and experience having served five leaders and have learnt from each."
Dutton also pledges to take the party back to its core values, and represent the aspirational "forgotten people" regarded as the nation's middle class.
"We aren't the Moderate Party. We aren't the Conservative Party. We are Liberals," the post reads.
The Nationals will also hold a leadership ballot on Monday.
2. Second man charged over Queensland woman’s murder.
A second man has been charged with murder after a young woman was shot dead at a home on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
25-year-old Feebie McIntosh was reportedly shot during a loud argument at a home at Dicky Beach about 9.30am on Friday.
She was dropped off at Caloundra Base Hospital with a severe gunshot wound to her head and died later from her injuries.
A 30-year-old Wartulla man has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was denied bail and remanded in custody.
He is due to face Maroochydore Magistrates court today.
A 30-year-old Narangba man was already charged with murder over the woman's death on Saturday.
3. Biden visits Texas school as police admit they made the “wrong decision”.
US President Joe Biden has visited the Texas town of Uvalde following the country's deadliest school shooting in a decade.
The president and first lady Jill Biden wiped away tears as they visited memorials at the Robb Elementary School where the gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, laying white roses and paying respects to makeshift shrines to the victims.
"Do something," a crowd chanted outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church as Biden exited after attending mass.
"We will," he answered.
The Bidens are also visiting with victims' families and survivors for several hours before later meeting with first responders.
President Biden on Sunday wiped away a tear while embracing survivors of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. It was his second such trip in nearly two weeks to mourn with families suffering from a mass shooting. https://t.co/tC7tiCDpjm pic.twitter.com/UH4njxquim— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2022
Meanwhile, investigators are seeking to determine how critical mistakes were made in the response to the shooting, including why nearly 20 police officers remained outside a classroom as eight calls to emergency services were placed from inside the room.
The on-site commander, the chief of the school district's police department, mistakenly determined at the time that the gunman was barricaded inside and children were no longer at immediate risk, giving officers time to prepare, McCraw said.
"It was the wrong decision, period," McCraw said, acknowledging that standard law enforcement protocols call for police to confront an active school shooter without delay, rather than wait for backup or more firepower.
4. 'Vigilance vital' as COVID-19 deaths rise.
COVID-19 deaths are again on the rise, with Australia recording 88 fatalities over the weekend and 363 in the past seven days.
By contrast, daily toll reports during April only once exceeded 50 and were often less than 25.
On Sunday, Victoria recorded 16 deaths, Western Australia seven, NSW four, Queensland two and Tasmania one.
We thank everyone who got vaccinated and tested yesterday.— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) May 28, 2022
Our thoughts are with those in hospital, and the families of people who have lost their lives.
More data soon: https://t.co/OCCFTAtS1P#COVID19Vic #COVID19VicData pic.twitter.com/ZfbS2IpITC
Australia's active virus caseload remains above 300,000 and there are more than 2,700 patients recovering in hospitals around the country.
Authorities have again extended emergency powers in Tasmania, where almost one-third of the state has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and there have been almost 60 deaths this year.
Director of Public Health Mark Veitch expects it will be for the last time, but says vigilance is vital.
"Although we expect to transition out of the state of Public Health Emergency by 30 June, this does not mean that COVID-19 will be over," he said on Sunday.
5. Free flu jabs for WA, SA and NSW.
Residents in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales will be able to receive a free flu jab in June.
WA residents of all ages can receive their free influenza jab from Wednesday at state-run clinics or participating pharmacies and GPs.
People aged over five in South Australia can go to their local GP or pharmacy to get their free vaccine.
"The dual challenge of broad community spread of COVID-19 and influenza at the same time during winter threatens to put further pressure on a hospital system already facing significant demand," SA Premier Peter Malinauskas said in a statement on Sunday.
In NSW, flu vaccines will be free of charge via GPs and pharmacists for those five years and above during June.
Free flu vaccine 'blitz' announced in NSW amid 'increasing hospitalisations' https://t.co/sW573MDA9r— ABC News (@abcnews) May 29, 2022
Queensland has also made influenza vaccines free to all people aged six months and over, while Victoria is considering a similar arrangement and other states and territories are likely to follow.
We'll be back to bring you more of the top stories throughout the day.
- With AAP.
Why we need the Uluru Statement from the Heart now.
Five years after the Uluru Statement from the Heart was gifted to the Australian people, it seems the new Labor Government is finally willing to implement it after the previous government resisted.
But what exactly is it, how do we go about bringing it into force, and how will it impact you?
The Quicky speaks to a First Nations scholar, and an expert in Australian history and culture.
Feature Image: Facebook/Getty.