News in 5: Mum of Dreamworld victims speaks; Australian troops in vile group; Taylor Swift video.

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1. “They wouldn’t want others to miss out.” Mother of Dreamworld victims speaks.

Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett (centre) and Roozi Araghi. Image via Facebook.

Tomorrow marks one year since four people were horrifically killed when a ride malfunctioned at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

In the accident, Canberra woman Kim Dorsett lost two children, 32-year-old Kate Goodchild and 35-year-old Luke Dorsett, as well as Luke's partner Roozi Araghi, 38.

Now, she's spoken to media about the events of that awful day, October 25, 2016.

"One year ago, we were a family of seven enjoying the perfect weather of the Gold Coast," Kim begins, in an article published on The Courier Mail. "Katie was the perfect mummy to her two beautiful girls (aged 13 and 1), and Luke and Roozi the perfect uncles."

Kate's eldest daughter Ebony was also on the ride at the time of the accident but survived. Kate's husband David Turner was watching nearby holding the couple's baby, Evie.

Kim said the year since the accident has been understandably tough, and is thankful for the Gold Coast community and its support.

"Our year has been filled with tears, laughter and ­disbelief," she writes.

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"At times, it has been difficult to face this tragedy and getting out of bed can be a major achievement... A mother should never see her children buried, no matter what the circumstance.

"It is a fact of my life that I visit my family at the cemetery, no longer able to drop in to annoy them."

She thanked Queenslanders for their kindness and generosity, as well as the first responders who "so lovingly cared for these three beautiful souls and showered the family with love and affection".

Most poingnantly, Kim says her children loved theme parks and they would not want others to be deterred because of this awful "accident".

"Luke, Roozi and Katie were huge fans of the theme parks and it was their third visit to Dreamworld. They would never want people to miss out on the ­enjoyment and thrills of Dreamworld and the theme parks because of this ­accident."

Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi died alongside a fourth victim, Cindy Low.

To read her full piece on the Courier Mail, click here.

2. Australian troops allegedly part of Facebook group sharing vile rape material.

Image via SNAFU Facebook.

Scores of serving members of the Australian Defence Force are allegedly part of a Facebook group which shares material promoting domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse of children.

The Victims of Abuse in the Australian Defence Force Association has analysed eight per cent of the 30,000 likes of the Facebook site SNAFU - Situation Normal All F****d Up - and allegedly identified 100 serving Australian defence personnel.

Some of the material shared on the site carries misogynistic messages or cartoons and memes promoting child sex abuse.

"There's a picture of a poor girl naked, hanging from a rope and a rafter and the meme reads - if you rape them right you don't have to kill them, they will kill themselves," association secretary Jennifer Jacomb told AAP.

"It shows the ongoing culture of abuse is alive and well in the Australian Defence Force."

Another meme reads: "The best part of a hooker dying on you?... the second hour is free."

Image via SNAFU Facebook.

Administrators for the group have apologised for not properly monitoring posts and say they will revise their practices.

"The posts are clearly offensive and disturbing," the group said. "We are sincerely sorry that we did not have in place appropriate guidelines."

The defence force's investigative service has been looking into the site to determine whether any serving members or Defence public servants have engaged in unlawful or inappropriate use of social media.

"Anyone found to have acted contrary to Defence policy will be held to account with disciplinary or administrative action being taken against them," the spokesman said.

"Anyone found to be engaging in criminal behaviour on the site will be referred to the relevant authorities for further investigation."

The SNAFU website went from public to private on Monday afternoon.

3. Taylor Swift releases preview of 'Ready for It' video.

...Ready For It? Official Music Video out Thursday night. #ReadyForItMusicVideo

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Taylor Swift fans have joked they were "not ready for it" when the singer shared a preview of her new music video for Ready For It, in which she appears to be almost fully naked.

On Monday the 27-year-old US pop star unveiled a snippet from the video, which will be released in its entirety on Thursday, and which sees her in full futuristic mode and seemingly nude.

Swift posted three short clips on her Instagram page, and within one hour they had been viewed more than 2.5 million times in total.

In the teaser, set in a futuristic sci-fi universe, Swift walks down a corridor with a hood over her head before she is seen as a robot or cyborg-like being.

She seems to be unclothed with geometric lines of lights across her body, although some fans have suggested she is wearing a nude-coloured bodysuit.

4. Tony Abbott 'headbutter' facing a potential 10-year jail term.

A Hobart DJ and self-confessed anarchist and Tony Abbott-hater, accused of headbutting the former prime minister, faces a new charge which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail.

Astro Labe, 38, allegedly attacked Mr Abbott as he walked along the Hobart waterfront on September 21.

He was originally charged with common assault but that was altered to the federal offence of causing harm to a Commonwealth public official, AAP reports.

Labe didn't enter a plea at Hobart Magistrates Court on Monday and will re-appear on January 18.

Mr Abbott claimed it was an orchestrated attack as part of the same-sex marriage debate.

Labe was wearing a 'yes' sticker when he encountered Mr Abbott but insisted his actions were solely because of a "personal hatred" for the ex-PM.

Mr Abbott said he was left shocked and with a fat lip.

5. Tennis Australia welcomes its first female president.

Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka has been elected as the first female president of Tennis Australia (TA).

Hrdlicka replaces Chris Freeman, who only served six months as president.

Hrdlicka was appointed to the TA board in January 2016.

"The future of our sport is very bright," she said in a statement, AAP reports.

"A great foundation has been established and we have some tremendous leadership at all levels of the game.

"I want to bring that all together in a highly collaborative and transparent environment."

6. Progress: New clues for determining breast cancer risk.

A team of international researchers have discovered an additional 72 common genetic variants that put women at higher risk of breast cancer.

The findings from the world's biggest genetic study of breast cancer, published in journals Nature and Nature Genetics, bring the number of known genetic markers for the disease to about 180.

Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench - head of the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) - says they now have a greater understanding of the inherited causes of breast cancer, AAP reports.

Prof Chenevix-Trench hopes this will lead to improved screening and prevention strategies for at-risk women in the future.

"Many women are offered mammogram screening when they are middle-aged, but if we know a woman has genetic markers that place her at higher risk of breast cancer, we can recommend more intensive screening at a younger age," she said.

The large study involved more than 550 researchers from about 300 institutions in six continents, including Australia's QIMR, University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria.

In total they analysed genetic data from 275,000 women, with and without breast cancer, from across the globe.

 

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