– With AAP.
1. Missing teen Larissa Beilby reportedly fled a violent ex-boyfriend before disappearance.
Missing 16-year-old girl Larissa Beilby was in a relationship with the man Queensland Police are hunting for, according to a new report by The Courier-Mail.
Police have launched a manhunt to find 34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky who is possibly carrying weapons. He is wanted in relation to the discovery of a body – understood to be that of a teenage girl – found in a barrel in a ute at a mobile home park at Staplyton on the Gold Coast.
Police would not confirm the dead body belonged to the Brisbane teen, who went missing on June 15 and last contacted family on June 18. However, Detective Acting Inspector Scott Furlong told reporters Larissa and Sikorsky knew each other.
“We know they’re associated, however, we don’t know the exact relationship,” he said on Thursday.
Larissa’s friends claim she was dating the now-fugitive, The Courier-Mail reports.
The newspaper reports Larissa may have told friends she was concerned her new boyfriend Sikorsky might learn her true age and that he had a gun.
Her friends said the Queensland teen had recently fled a violent boyfriend and according to the Courier-Mail, had been living in transitional accommodation in the Brisbane suburb of Sandgate.
Police have asked any members of the public who spot the neck-tattooed man or the 2014 Holden Commodore he was driving to not approach, but to call police immediately.
You can read the Courier-Mail’s full story.
2. “You should stop shagging men.” Senator yells obscenities at Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young.
NSW Senator David Leyonhjelm has confirmed he told the Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young to "stop shagging men" and then swore at her when she confronted him.
Senator Hanson-Young told parliament the Liberal Democrats senator made the remark during a vote on a motion about arming women with tasers to combat violence.
"I asked whether I heard him correctly. He confirmed he yelled 'you should stop shagging men, Sarah'," Senator Hanson-Young said.
"Shocked, I told him he was a creep. His reply was to tell me to 'f*** off'."
Senate president Scott Ryan asked Senator Leyonhjelm to apologise but he refused.
Senator Leyonhjelm said he was responding to Senator Hanson-Young's interjection, which was "along the lines of all men being rapists".
"I responded by suggesting that if this was the case she should stop shagging men. I did not yell at her," Senator Leyonhjelm said.
"Following the division, Senator Hanson-Young approached me and called me a creep. I told her to f*** off."
He said if the Greens senator took offence, it was an issue for her.
"I am prepared to rephrase my comments. I strongly urge Senator Hanson-Young to continue shagging men as she pleases," Senator Leyonhjelm said.
Senator Hanson-Young described the comments as sexist and offensive, adding she was disappointed Senator Leyonhjelm had not apologised.
3. A father and two sons have died after being overcome by fumes in a shed.
A father and his two sons have died after being overcome by fumes while operating a pump in a shed in Broken Hill. They were rushed to hospital but couldn’t be saved. #7News pic.twitter.com/OUVIilnVPB
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) June 28, 2018
Three members of the same family have died in an accident in far western NSW.
Emergency crews were called to a home on Creedon Street, Broken Hill, about 4.30pm on Thursday and found the trio unconscious in a rear workshop.
The 44-year-old man, 23-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were in cardiac arrest, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.
"They've obviously been overcome by fumes," he said. "It's a hazardous material incident."
A malfunctioning generator reportedly played a role in the incident.
The three patients were taken to Broken Hill Hospital but died, NSW Police confirmed.
"It will be some time before officers can gain access safely to conduct a full investigation," police said in a statement.
The ABC has reported the victims were a father and two sons.
4. Lottoland has been punted from Australian shores.
Government has passed legislation banning lottery betting. Means Lottoland will have to cease Australian operations by end of year.
— rob harris (@rharris334) June 28, 2018
The government has outlawed betting on overseas lotteries, effectively signing the death warrant of gambling company Lottoland in Australia.
The Gibraltar-based company's product, known as "synthetic lotteries", will be banned after draft laws cleared parliament on Thursday night.
The government and Labor united against synthetic lotteries after concerns they entice people away from traditional lotteries and the revenue they generate for newsagents, pubs and clubs.
But not all newsagents were against Lottoland, with some groups arguing the company's demise will stop increased competition in lotteries, hurting small businesses.
Last month, Lottoland chief executive Luke Brill said the company would consider a High Court challenge if the bill passed parliament.
Independent senator David Leyonhjelm voted against the ban, saying it was a shameful protectionist measure to lock out an innovative company.
"We should not be closing down businesses, we should be encouraging it," he said.
Lottoland has vowed to honour its three-year sponsorship deal with NRL club Manly even if the legislation passed.
5. A man has admitted to sexting police during a bizarre late-night escapade.
A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sexting a police-issued smartphone on Sydney's lower north shore during a bizarre late-night escapade.
River Sebastian Jordan appeared in Hornsby Local Court on Thursday after he was accused of performing a naked "lewd act" in a Chatswood street on Tuesday night.
Officers from Chatswood Police Station were called to Havilah Street by a man who claimed to have witnessed the act but when they arrived the offender was nowhere to be seen.
They contacted the witness who became evasive and hung up.
Jordan allegedly admitted in text messages that he was the offender, before sending the police several images of himself performing the "lewd act".
About an hour later, further calls and messages were made to the police phone, including a picture of the man standing naked in the street.
NSW Police said when they found Jordan at the scene he "appeared to be suffering some obvious effects of the cold night air but was otherwise well".
Jordan pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, and wilful and obscene exposure but denied making a false representation resulting in a police investigation.
His matter was adjourned to August 8.