1. Jamie Murphy has celebrated with a Corona before arriving home in Perth.
The Perth teenager arrested and then released in Bai after being caught with a bag of white powder that turned out to be painkillers has flown home to Perth with his parents.
Murphy, a promising young soccer star, landed in Perth in the early hours this morning, being ushered through Perth airport by security and let out a side door to escape the media.
Travelling with his parents his father told the cameras “no comment” as they were followed earlier through Denpasar Airport.
His brother, Liam, posted a celebratory picture on Facebook, good heartedly calling his brother a “dumbass.”
Kuta police chief, Wayan Sumara, said Murphy was “lucky.” Mr Sumara said the bag of powder Mr Murphy “got in the street” was “medicine ... not drugs”.
“They tell him ‘just try this one you will feel better than now’. That is fine,” Mr Sumara said.
“But after taking and he drink in room hotel he gets problem (at the club).
“(But) it is not drugs it is medicine.”
A reporter asked the police chief if Mr Murphy thought it was drugs when he bought it and was told: “He doesn't know is this drug or not but according to the man who give in the street ‘you can try this medicine, is better for your life,’” Mr Sumara said.
Yesterday, Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, issued a warning to the schoolies who travel overseas.
“I do urge young people and their families to remember that once you leave Australia, you’re no longer subject to Australian laws, you’re subject to the laws of that country,” Ms Bishop told Sunrise.
2. The 'Santa Claus lie' is harmful for kids, an academic warns.
Two Australian academics have warned that Santa is harmful to kids and the “myth” of the big white guy is just for parents.
In an article in The Lancet Psychiatry, Dr Kathy McKay and Dr Christopher Boyle question whether parents tell their kids about Santa for their own good.
Dr McKay says the "Christmas” lie” has potential for harm when belief makes children a subject of ridicule among their peers. It can also undermine their trust in adult integrity, leading them to wonder what else in the adult world might be fabricated.
"They're a fiction told over an extended period of time and involve such a lot of detail, from leaving food out for Santa and his reindeer to writing letters to threats when children are naughty," said Dr Kathy McKay of the University of New England. "It's not about removing the magic from Christmas but about looking at why this lie has become so important to parents."
"I think most kids could care less where their presents come from at the end of the day," Dr McKay says. "As long as presents come. For adults though, this is something that they can enjoy - embrace their inner child - relive some fantasies and play. Maybe the lie is more important for parents."