1. Mick Fanning returns to Australia.
Australian surfing hero Mick Fanning is safe on home soil after his brush with death in South Africa.
The 34-year-old champion gained worldwide fame yesterday after he escaped a terrifying shark attack while competing in the Jeffreys Bay surfing championship.
This afternoon, he touched base at Sydney’s International Airport and spoke about his ordeal.
“It goes through waves and brings up emotionally,” he told media this afternoon.
I’m doing okay, I haven’t got a scratch on me it’s more of an emotional, mental sort of trauma right now,” he told media this afternoon.
“It will probably take a couple of weeks, months, I don’t know how long it takes.
“I’m just really lucky I’ve got good people around me.”
Clearly still shaken from the incident, Fanning recounted how a woman on his plane home showed him his image on the front page of the paper — bringing him to tears.
Fanning said he will return to surfing in the future.
2. Aboriginal women ‘sent to jail’ because there isn’t room in domestic violence housing.
Women in regional Australia are being ‘sent to jail’ due to a lack of safe housing for domestic violence victims.
The Royal Commission into Family Violence heard that women waiting low-level court hearings are being sent to maximum security prisons because it’s not safe for them in the community.
“I have magistrates tell me directly that they have had to remand mothers of our children because there’s nowhere safe for the mother to be… which I find a sad indictment on this society,” Aboriginal Children’s Commissioner Andrew Jackomos told the Royal Commission.
Mr Jackomos told The Age that this incarceration can start a cycle of crime.
“The majority that go in on remand don’t go on to serve a custodial sentence. But I know of young Koori girls who go in clean and come out dirty. If you go to prison while on remand, you’re more likely to return.”
3. Police tell woman locking her baby in the car is “not an emergency.”
A Queensland woman had just buckled up her 18-month-old daughter before she closed the door, accidentally locking her in.