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1. Police launch campaign for missing QLD 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer.

Police in Queensland have launched a back-of-bus campaign appealing for information regarding the unsolved murder of 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer.

The school girl’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River on November 5. She had gone missing one week beforehand near Marsden State High School.

Tiahleigh’s mother Cyndi Palmer said her family desperately wanted answers.

“People need to not forgot and the more we keep it out there the more it’s going to help somebody come forward. That is my mission,” she said.

“We have a person or people walking our streets that have killed my daughter.”

“It’s getting harder not easier … I want answers for what happened to my daughter.”

The buses will circulate around Marsden State High where Tiahleigh was last seen, following routes around Brisbane CBD and travelling as far out as Springfield and Beaudesert.

Despite a substantial reward on offer for the first person who did not commit the crime to provide information that leads to the arrest of the offender no suspects have been identified.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

2. ‘We will bring this plane down’ written on crashed EgyptAir plane.

The EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed into the Mediterranean had “We will bring this plane down” written on its underside, it has been reported.

According to The New York Times the plane was once the target of political vandals, who apparently scribbled the graffiti about two years ago.

The EgyptAir security officials said the threatening graffiti had been the work of aviation workers at Cairo Airport who were disgruntled about the domestic Egyptian political situation at the time.

Flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday morning with 66 people on board.

3. The family of the woman who died on Mt Everest found out about her death from Google.

The family of Melbourne woman Dr Maria “Marisa” Strydom, 34 found out about her tragic death on Mt Everest on Saturday via the Internet.

Her sister, Aletta Newman of Brisbane told News Limited she learned of Marisa’s death by Googling for news of Everest before going to bed on Saturday night.


“I found this article from the Himalayan Times naming her as having deceased. I was shaking like a leaf because no one had told us anything, that’s how we found out. We just couldn’t believe it. We are just in absolute disbelief and shock.”

She told the ABC “We haven’t had anyone from that company talking to myself directly, they haven’t called us to inform us of anything,” Ms Newman said.

“A number of family members have tried to call around and get information. We’ve even read in newspapers and online different accounts of what actually had happened.”

Dr Strydom died just 400 metres shy of the summit.

The ABC reports that over the last eight years, Dr Strydom has climbed Denali in Alaska, Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount Ararat in Turkey and Kilimanjaro in her continent of birth, Africa.

Before she left for Nepal, Dr Strydom said felt well-prepared.

“There are certain aspects of the mountain which will be out of our control, such as avalanches and icefalls which have plagued the previous two seasons on Everest,” she said.

“We can’t worry about this aspect of the climb and the odds are still very small of being caught up in it.

“A very experienced guide in Alaska once told us that of all the things you can regret once you are on the mountain, you will never regret over-training. It is also important to get experience spending long periods on a mountain.”

4. Opposition maintains lead in latest Newspoll.

The latest Newspoll has the Opposition maintaining their lead but Malcolm Turnbull remains Australia’s preferred Prime Minister ahead of Bill Shorten at 46 to 31 per cent.

The latest Newspoll, taken ­for The Australian, shows that after the first two weeks of the election campaign support for Labor remained the same in the two-party-preferred vote 51 to 49 per cent.

Coalition’s primary vote is steady at 41 per cent, while Labor dropped one point to 36 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Greens are unchanged at 11 per cent.

The huge surge of approval for the Prime Minister in the early months after he replaced Tony Abbott  has been wiped out, with Mr Turnbull’s net satisfaction rating now the same as for the Opposition Leader, at -12 points.

5. World Vision CEO Tim Costello labels offshore processing as “torture.”

World Vision’s Tim Costello says keeping asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru is psychological torture.


“There’s no question that the psychological torture of not being able to actually resettle, and you can’t go back home, is torture.” Mr Costello said.

He told Sky News that the Somalian woman who set herself on fire on Nauru showed how desperate the federal government’s refugee policy was making people.

“World Vision works in Somalia and 98 per cent of women suffer female genital mutilation. Somalia is a terrifying place,” he said.

“You would flee that, I would flee that.”

The Howard government’s Pacific Solution meant there was no “indefinite torture” on Nauru or Manus Island, Mr Costello said.

“It did stop the boats and quietly allowed all those who were found to be refugees – and it was 85 to 90 per cent – to be resettled back in Australia.”

6. Search for missing mother-of-five.

Police have appealed for help following the disappearance of a mother of five last Thursday.

Fiona Hawker, 47, of Melbourne has not been seen since she went for her regular morning walk into the Monbulk town centre at 8.15am on Thursday.

Police are concerned Ms Hawker, a mother to five children aged seven to 20 years, may have fallen in rough terrain or become disoriented.

Acting Superintendent Peter Wheeler said it was out of character.

“This is something that is not normal, not in her history and is unusual for her,” acting Superintendent Wheeler said

Acting Superintendent Wheeler said searchers were going door-to-door and searching homes, yards, sheds and alcoves looking for her.

“She could be somewhere waiting to be found or she may not even be in the area and be with friends,” he said.

“Someone may think they are doing the right thing, without realising she is a missing person with a significant medical condition.”

“She has a physical condition that really is going to make it difficult to walk undulating terrain. She is not a bushwalker and finds it difficult to navigate,” he said.

Ms Hawker did not take any credit cards or her phone or medication for an existing condition.


She is described as about 170 centimetres tall, with a solid build and straight, long brown hair. She was last seen wearing black ugg boots, dark track pants and a dark-coloured pullover.

7. CWA throws its support behind gay marriage.

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) in Victoria have thrown their support behind marriage equality.

Victorian president Machelle Crichton said those who judged the group as “conservative” from the outside really had “to be in it to know what’s going on.”

Members attending a state conference at the weekend agreed that the CWA “advocates for equality for all Australians under the Commonwealth Marriage Act”.

600 women attended the Melbourne conference, representing close to 6000 members statewide.

The Victorian CWA is the first branch to endorse marriage equality.

“People tend to think of the CWA as older ladies. They’re surprised when these things come up in conversation,” Ms Turner said. “I’m never surprised because CWA ladies are passionate, they’re intelligent and they’re across all areas.”

8. School bans teachers from blowing a whistle to signal the end of lunchtime because it might scare the children.

Alan Smithers, a professor at Buckingham University, has described the ban as "crazy". Via IStock.

A school has banned teachers from blowing a whistle to signal the end of playtime at lunch and recess because it is “too aggressive” and could scare children.

Instead the teachers have been told to raise a hand in the air.

Teaching assistant Pamela Cunningham told Country Life magazine “It’s thought some children may be afraid of the noise.

“We now have to raise a hand and hope the children – all 120 of them – see it and stop playing.”

She said staff at St Monica’s Catholic Primary in Milton Keynes in the UK are worried a hand signal may not be enough in emergencies.

Alan Smithers, a professor at Buckingham University, has described the ban as "crazy".

He told The Sunday Times: “We have become extraordinarily oversensitive. Does this means children are not going to be able to play football and hockey because the referees use whistles?

“What about fire alarms? Sharp noises are very good signals. This seems crazy to me.”

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