1. Man to appear in court over estranged wife’s murder.
A man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of his estranged partner after police allege she was shot several times in the head in a road side attack.
A 73-year old man was detained by a passer-by at the scene and then arrested when police arrived.
Two women were shot, a 37-year old woman and her 53-year old companion.
They were rushed to hospital but the 37-year old woman died.
The other woman, who received injuries to her hand and arm, is in a stable condition in hospital.
Tasmanian police allege the 37-year-old woman was the estranged partner of the alleged offender.
Police have possession of the firearm allegedly used.
The shooting makes the 37-year old woman the 24th woman to have died this year in Australia due to domestic violence or alleged domestic violence.
She is the second woman this week to have died after a woman in Dallas in Victoria was killed allegedly by her partner on Monday.
For help in situations of domestic violence 24/7, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
2. Two-year old boy dies in house fire.
A two-year old boy has died after a house fire in Beenleigh yesterday.
Around 3pm, police and emergency services were called to a Kokoda Street address.
Upon arrival, the house was fully engulfed, and two-year old Roman Campbell was unaccounted for.
The body of the boy was located a short time later within the residence. The Courier Mail reports that the boy’s father had to be held back from rushing in to save him.
His mother and four other children escaped the fire, which took place while the father Jared Warwick was picking up the eldest child from school.
3. No more double-dipping in Government’s vocabulary.
The Australian reports that the government has made a deliberate shift to change its language and phase out the term ‘double-dipping’ in relation to changes to the paid parental leave scheme proposed under the budget.
Though the government yesterday had to admit that the wives of Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg had themselves ‘double-dipped’ accessing both the 18-week minimum-wage national PPL scheme, worth $11,539, plus their own employer-provided entitlements.