Here are today’s top stories.
1. Hundreds have gathered for a memorial picnic to pay tribute to Stephanie Scott.
Hundreds of people gathered in the New South Wales Town of Leeton yesterday to remember murdered school teacher Stephanie Scott on the day that would have been her wedding day.
Ms Scott’s family and fiancé Aaron Leeson-Woolley were joined by friends and hundreds of community members for a memorial picnic.
In a moving tribute punches of yellow helium balloons were released into the sky.
Ms Scott’s father Robert said the family had been comforted by the outpouring of support.
“Thanks very much to the people from Leeton and everywhere else today for coming up to this park to have a picnic lunch together to celebrate the life of our beautiful daughter,” he said.
“It’s been most helpful in helping us to have some degree of closure on her life and as my daughter put on Facebook, unfortunately she was taken away from us for a short time but now we’ve got her back and we’ll restore her dignity and that’s most important to her family and it will also assist those that knew her to deal with this tragedy.
“Stephanie was a bubbly, bright, witty, intelligent, fun-loving girl and a young woman who obviously has impacted on many people here today.
“Our wishes for the future are that that will continue in your minds, [that] you remember her as the girl she was and I’m sure, wherever she is now, she would wish that to be the case.”
See images from yesterday’s moving community gathering organised by Stephanie Scott’s family here:
2. Russell Brand asks fans to help save Bali Nine duo.
Outspoken british comedian Russell Brand has tweeted his support for convicted Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who are due to be executed in Indonesia in coming weeks.
Brand expressed his support for the ‘Mercy Campaign’ to save the pair and called on fans to get behind it.
The tweet reads: “These Aussie blokes are going to be killed soon for a bit of daft drug smuggling (they’ve done 10 yrs already) HELP!”
It also contained a link the campaign’s website where people can view a video that includes interviews with the duo and sign a petition calling for clemency.