1. First asylum seekers granted refugee status on Nauru
The first refugees on Nauru to have been granted visas have been released from Australian immigration detention on the island.
The ABC reports 13 asylum seekers have been given refugee protection, including an Iranian family and four single adult males.
The 13 refugees have been given a five-year visa and will be given the option of settling in Cambodia, if a resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia is signed as expected.
This comes nearly two years after asylum seekers began being sent to Nauru.
2. Student protests
Riot police have had to contain students across Australia as a day of national protests saw thousands of students marching.
In Sydney there were two arrests, while in Melbourne the police had to forcibly remove students from outside Parliament House.
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3. Child bride case in court
A NSW father who allegedly arranged an illegal marriage between his 12-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old Lebanese immigrant has appeared in court charged with procuring a child under 14 for unlawful sexual activities and being an accessory before the fact to sexual intercourse with a person under 14.
The court heard the father consented to the marriage.
“It’s a way of not committing a sin,” he told the police.
He also allegedly gave his daughter advice to not use contraceptives and, a week after the wedding, he asked the girl’s older siblings to put two single mattresses next to each other so the couple had a bed in the family home.
4. Three-year-old boy fighting for his life
A young boy struck by a car yesterday afternoon is fighting for his life in a Sydney hospital.
Nine News reports the three-year-old was following his father, who stepped onto a busy road not knowing the toddler was behind him.
5. Tony Abbott’s daughter’s scholarship
Frances Abbott, the daughter of the Prime Minister, is under fire for accepting a scholarship for a $60,000 design degree from the Whitehouse Institute of Design — where an Abbott donor sits as chairman on the board of governors.
The Guardian reports Liberal supporter Les Taylor, who donated over $12,000 to the NSW Division of the Liberal Party, sits as chairman on the board of governors.
Mr Taylor once received a gift of ‘clothing’ from the Prime Minister when he was in opposition. Mr Abbott did not declared the scholarship on his pecuniary interest register, which members of parliament are required to do.