– With AAP.
1. After 11 months behind bars for electoral fraud, Salim Mehajer could walk free today.
Disgraced Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer could be just hours from walking from a NSW prison after 11 months behind bars for electoral fraud.
The former Auburn deputy mayor, who shot to infamy after his garish wedding, bizarre media appearances and frequent brushes with the law, is scheduled to be released from Cooma Correctional Centre on Tuesday.
Mehajar who once requested to stand at an intern for an interview on national television to declare his desire to be prime minister, was found guilty in April 2018 of being part of a 2012 electoral fraud plot that helped put him on Auburn City Council.
He was jailed in June but the conclusion of his 11-month stint in prison on Tuesday won’t mark the end of his legal woes.
He’s fighting allegations he staged a 2017 crash which saw his Mercedes AMG collide with another vehicle just before he was meant to appear in court over a taxi driver assault.
The 32-year-old was also charged with fresh charges on Friday relating to driving issues in 2012 to 2013, including four counts of making a false declaration for material benefit and four counts of dealing in identification information. Police allege he falsely nominated other people to take the fall for speeding tickets.
He is due to face those matters before Cooma Local Court in July.
2. Labor contender Anthony Albanese says he would be a different leader to Bill Shorten.
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Anthony Albanese believes he would be a different Labor leader to Bill Shorten because they’ve tread contrasting paths in life.
“I’m someone who comes from a different background,” he told ABC’s 7:30 on Monday, after mentioning he was raised by a single mother in public housing in Sydney’s inner west.