Case of "serious misconduct" flagged between NSW Police and an Indigenous teenager.
A NSW Police officer engaged in "serious misconduct" when they touched a restrained and sedated Aboriginal teenager on the nipple while making "turkey gobbler" noises as fellow officers laughed along.
The findings of the NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission's investigation were released on Tuesday, following an investigation during which the officers involved were shown footage of the incident.
"The officer alleged to have inappropriately touched the young person's nipple conceded that the footage clearly depicted him doing so whilst laughing along with other officers," the LECC said.
The investigation was triggered following a complaint from the Aboriginal Legal Service on behalf of the boy, who was 15 when the incident occurred in February last year.
He was restrained, sedated, and his face covered with a towel on an ambulance stretcher when the officer repeatedly touched his exposed nipple, the LECC reported. Police later accused the teen of assaulting police, a charge that was dismissed by a magistrate.
When officers were shown footage during the LECC examination, they conceded they were laughing and it was inappropriate of them to do so.
The LECC noted the repeated touching of the 15-year-old's exposed nipple while making a noise like a gobbling turkey and laughing with other officers amounted to serious misconduct.
It recommended the police commissioner consider taking "non-reviewable action", which can range from coaching and mentoring, through to warnings, reprimands and restricted duties for the officer.
- With AAP.
NSW flood victims forced out of temporary accommodation for tourists.
Families across Northern NSW are struggling in the wake of the floods. But some have been dealt another blow.
Those who have been staying in temporary accommodation - because their own homes have been flood affected - claim they are now being displaced again, to make way for tourists who have Easter holiday bookings.
Some have had to resort to social media to ask “out-of-towners” to consider cancelling their holiday plans so that temporary accommodation can be prioritised for those in need.
Single mother-of-three and renter Alysha Drylie had been staying in a holiday family rental, until now.
She said to 9News: "We were able to stay there until March 31, when the real estate agent kicked us out because there were people coming for a holiday.
"It would be nice if they could wait and delay their accommodation booking for another month, so people who are stuck without a house can have somewhere to sleep for the night."
NSW flood victims to be relocated to Queensland to make way for Byron Bay tourists https://t.co/7fAFhaD1p0— Guardian Australia (@GuardianAus) April 1, 2022
The Grammys are trying to hide their biggest new controversy.
Kanye West has pulled out of his scheduled appearance at the Coachella festival, with Variety reporting he had not rehearsed or prepared for the appearance.
And the Grammys took place this week, with a number of female artists taking out some of the most coveted awards. Doja Cat’s acceptance speech should go down in the history books and a throwback to an infamous diva moment stole the show.
Plus, the Grammys were quick to criticise the Oscars and Will Smith’s infamous slap, but their celebration was also not without some controversy. Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. won the award for Best Comedy Album, promoting a furious discussion about why his work was even in the running. Now the organisers of the Grammys have responded and we smell a cover-up.
You can read the article detailing the allegations against Louis CK here.
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Another Liberal MP calls out Scott Morrison for 'bullying'.
NSW Liberal MP Catherine Cusack has called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his "self-serving ruthless bullying" and said she will not vote for his government in the upcoming federal election.
In an opinion piece for The Guardian, Cusack, who recently announced she would quit Parliament over the handling of flood funding, accused Morrison of having "ruined" the Liberal party and spoke out against federal disaster payments which flood-affected towns Ballina, Byron and Tweed were originally excluded from.
"Scott Morrison’s brazen attempt to fund flood victims in a National party seat and exclude flood victims in a Labor seat that I happen to live in was just too much," she wrote in the piece.
"To see the self-serving ruthless bullying that has increased inside the Liberal party spill over into public policy and the poorest most vulnerable Australians who lost everything in the floods are the targets of this outrageous abuse of morality and power is simply intolerable."
I’m a Liberal MP and I cannot vote for the re-election of a Scott Morrison government | Catherine Cusack | The Guardian https://t.co/FkLLgVr6z4— Malcolm Farr (@farrm51) April 4, 2022
Just last week, outgoing Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells called Morrison "ruthless" and "not fit to be prime minister" during a parliamentary speech on budget night.
"Morrison is not interested in the rules-based order. It is his way or the highway, an autocrat, a bully who has no moral compass," said the senator, who lost preselection for her NSW upper house seat.
Fierravanti-Wells also spoke about statutory declarations claiming that when Morrison ran for the NSW lower house seat of Cook in 2007, he made "racial comments" against his opponent, Michael Towke, in the preselection battle.
"I am advised that there are several statutory declarations to attest to racial comments made by Morrison at the time that 'we can’t have a Lebanese person in Cook'."
The prime minister has continued to deny the claims.
Mother and son fighting for life after Blue Mountains landslide, and all the news you need to know this morning.
You may remember the government announced a big $58m endometriosis funding plan last month.
It appeared to be major news for the 830,000 Aussie women who live with the debilitating condition. But a lot of people aren't happy about it.
My colleague and Senior Health and Beauty Writer, Erin Docherty, spoke to Aussie women to find what they really think.
But first, let's get you across the top five news stories you need to know this morning, Tuesday April 5.
1. British mother and son fighting for life after Blue Mountains landslide.
A British father and son have died, and a mother and son from the same family remain in a critical condition, following a landslide in the NSW Blue Mountains yesterday.
Crews will return to the site this morning to retrieve the bodies of the 49-year-old and nine-year-old boy who died at the scene at Wentworth Pass while the family was holidaying in Australia.
A 50-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy were winched from the scene and taken to hospital in critical conditions with significant head and abdominal injuries following the landslide on the walking track.
A fifth member of the same family, a 15-year-old girl, was treated for shock after the incident, which was reported to emergency services at about 1.40pm yesterday.
Detective Acting Superintendent John Nelson said: "Unfortunately there's been a landslip while they've been bushwalking... It's quite a tragic scene."
He described the 15-year-old girl as "extremely distressed".
"Both patients have significant head and abdominal injuries requiring sedation and intubation prior to them being extricated via winch," NSW Ambulance Acting Chief Superintendent Stewart Clarke told media.
"It is terribly sad to have lost two lives here today and my heart goes out to the families and the survivors of this horrific ordeal who have witnessed what is certainly a traumatic event."
2. US President Joe Biden calls Putin 'a war criminal'.
US President Joe Biden has called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin after reported atrocities on civilians in Ukraine.
"You saw what happened in Bucha," Biden told reporters, adding that Putin "is a war criminal".
Biden's comments came after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha, one of the towns surrounding Kyiv where Ukrainian officials say hundreds of bodies of civilians have been found.
Zelenskyy called the Russian actions "genocide" and called for the West to apply tougher sanctions against Russia.
"We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight. And we have to gather all the detail so this can be an actual - have a war crimes trial," Biden said.
Biden noted that he faced push back last month when he described Putin as a war criminal after hospitals and maternity wards were bombed. On Monday, he made clear that label still applied.
"This guy is brutal and what's happening to Bucha is outrageous, and everyone sees it," he said.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union will send investigators to Ukraine to help the local prosecutor general document war crimes. The US and more than 40 other countries are also working together to investigate possible violations and abuses.
3. Josh Frydenberg targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has called out vandals who have defaced his election posters with anti-Semitic graffiti in Melbourne.
Frydenberg, who was born in Australia to Jewish parents, condemned the "obscene" vandalism on Twitter on Monday.
"Vandalism is a crime. This kind of vandalism is obscene. It doesn’t matter which political group is on the receiving end, it’s just not on. Our community deserves better," he wrote alongside a picture of an election poster.
"Swastikas are a reminder of a dark past & it’s our collective duty to say 'Never Again.'
Vandalism is a crime. This kind of vandalism is obscene.— Josh Frydenberg (@JoshFrydenberg) April 4, 2022
It doesn’t matter which political group is on the receiving end, it’s just not on. Our community deserves better.
Swastikas are a reminder of a dark past & it’s our collective duty to say “Never Again.” pic.twitter.com/W2cZTkYSBG
His opponent, independent candidate Dr Monique Ryan, also had her posters vandalised with anti-Semitic imagery.
"There’s no place for hatred in politics. The odd black tooth, sure... but not hatred. We’re better than this," she wrote on Twitter.
4. UN calls climate report a 'file of shame'.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has blasted politicians and businesses in the wake of a grave climate crisis assessment.
"It is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unliveable world," Guterres said of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released on Monday.
"Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals. But the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels. Investing in new fossil fuels infrastructure is moral and economic madness," he continued.
"Some government and business leaders are saying one thing - but doing another. Simply put, they are lying."
BREAKING: The world must slash fossil fuels by 60-70% to prevent climate catastrophe, says a new UN report.— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 4, 2022
"It is now or never."
▪️ Emissions must drop 45% by 2030, but current pledges will make them rise 14%.
▪️ Global heating may reach 6.3°F by 2100, 2x Paris climate goals. pic.twitter.com/rdwwNbXUxx
The IPCC report said actions such as drastically cutting fossil fuel use, growing forests and eating less meat were needed to contain global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.
Global emissions are currently on track to blow past the 1.5C warming limit envisioned in the 2015 Paris Agreement and reach some 3.2C by century's end.
5. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein quits politics with ‘empty tank’.
In case you missed it, Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced he was quitting politics to spend more time with his family yesterday afternoon.
The 57-year-old father-of-two said his "tank was empty" after two years of managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
"What I've found after the last two years especially is I have nothing left in the tank to give," Gutwein told reporters in Launceston.
"Unless you can give 110 per cent to the role of premier, you should not be doing this job. I can no longer give 110 per cent."
Peter Gutwein leaves public life with our gratitude & great respect. He is a great Tasmanian leader. I thank him for everything he has done for the Liberal Party, Tasmania & Australia & wish him & his family all the best for the next chapter in their life. https://t.co/k9WpCl1UrX— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) April 4, 2022
The decision comes less than a year after he led the Liberals to a record third-straight election victory.
Gutwein said he would remain premier until the Liberals elected his successor later this week.
That's it, you're all up to speed. We'll bring you more of the biggest news stories throughout the day.
- With AAP and Reuters.
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But why is it that some people seem susceptible to falling prey to different variants, even quite close together, while others seem to remain immune, even when they've been surrounded by people who are very unwell?
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