Morning poppets! So there’s a lot of heavy stuff going around. Yesterday the big news was that lots of people were yelling at Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott about the carbon tax, but we thought that was a given so instead, here’s some of the other news you might NOT have heard about. Or had the time to brush up on. Sit back. Relax…
Federal Independent MP (from North Queensland) Bob Katter is in the process of registering his ‘Australia Party’ and hopes to stand candidates in the next Queensland state election. One policy? To get rid of bats in urban centres. The animals help spread the deadly Hendra virus, of which there is an outbreak in Queensland and northern New South Wales. How? Any old how! “Whether we shoot them, or what we have to do, that is a decision for the future.”
News Limited, the Australian newspaper arm of News Corporation, has said it will investigate itself to guard against ‘absurd’ rumours that its titles are also affected by the widening phone hacking scandal in Britain. CEO John Hartigan announced the move late yesterday. In his memo, he noted: “As disturbing events continue to unfold in London I believe it is important to keep you up to date with our position in Australia. Some media outlets, certain commentators and some politicians have attempted to connect the behaviour in the UK with News Limited’s conduct in Australia. This is offensive and wrong … We will be conducting a thorough review of all editorial expenditure over the past 3 years to confirm that payments to contributors and other third parties were for legitimate services.” Last night Australia time, News Corporation announced it was withdrawing its $12.5 billion bid for the BSkyB television in Britain because the big had become ‘politicised’.
It’s been a decade and there’s no sign of the body of Peter Falconio, who was murdered in the Northern Territory Outback while travelling in a van with his girlfriend Joanne Lees. Mechanic Bradley John Murdoch was found guilty of his murder in 2005 but the whereabouts of Peter’s remains are a mystery. Ms Lees said it was hurtful that many gossiped about whether she had something to do with Peter’s disappearance that night.