Canberra residents are being warned to stay indoors amidst toxic smoke fears as fire fighters battle a chemical fire at an industrial site in the city’s north. There are no reports of any injuries, but residents living in close proximity to the Mitchell blaze have been evacuated and others within 300 metres have been asked to stay indoors and close their windows. Some schools will close for the day. Witnesses reported seeing flames and explosions up to 200 metres into the air throughout the night. You can check live updates on the fire here.
At a Pacific Islands forum in New Zealand, a bus driver stopped Prime Minister Gillard from boarding a leader’s bus and told her to opt for the ‘spouses’ bus instead. The mix up was immediately corrected, the driver was not used again during the Auckland Forum and Ms Gillard was later overheard joking about the incident. Do you think she should be offended?
Leaked documents have revealed how the FBI trains its agents to treat everyday Muslims. One presentation explains that tendencies towards violence: “may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology. “The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.”
Monsignor David Cappo, the man chosen by the Federal Government to lead its mental health commission, has stepped down amidst allegations he failed to investigate sexual abuse allegations against a fellow priest. His appointment had been questioned by independent senator Nick Xenophon, who earlier this week named Monsignor Ian Dempsey as the man who allegedly molested the current South Australian Anglican Archbishop John Hepsworth. For the record, Monsignor Cappo rejected “”any suggestion that I or the church handled the complaint by John Hepworth with anything other than proper and due diligence” but he said the matter “has the potential to distract from the important work of the newly formed mental health commission. I cannot allow that to occur.”
Well that’s how the rest of the world might view the land down under, according to business culture expert Patti McCarthy. She said shows like Neighbours and movies like Crocodile Dundee had influenced the world’s perception of Australia, and our laid-back attitude and sport culture had led foreigners to doubt Australia’s corporate power. But she said overseas visitors generally changed their attitudes when they arrived here. “I guess we look great and our lifestyle’s great. People just don’t expect us to have a brain as well,” she said.