1. School holiday sand dune death
A school holiday tragedy with the death of a 10-year old boy after a sand dune collapsed on top of him at Terrace Beach in Ben Boyd National Park on the NSW South Coast.
Fairfax Media reports that the young boy had been digging in the sand when a dune collapsed, crushing him beneath he went into cardiac arrest and was unable to be saved.
2. Call to attack Australians
In a concerning development Islamic State have released a statement calling for its followers to attack citizens of Australia, the US, France and other allies who have formed a coalition to fight the militant group.
Fairfax Media reports that the statement specifically mentions Australia three times while calling for followers to attack civilians of these countries by any means possible.
“Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever, whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers.”
For more on this chilling threat read this post here.
3. Terror laws
Senator George Brandis will introduce today a further range of anti-terrorism laws targeting Australians who fight with or support terrorist groups overseas.
4. Lockhart Funeral
Kim and Geoff Hunt and their three children have been farewelled at a funeral in Lockhart, in south-west NSW.
Mr Hunt shot his wife and three children Fletcher, 10, Mia, 8, and Phoebe, 6 on September 10 before turning the gun on himself.
Ms Hunt’s sister Jenny Geppert was the first to arrive at the cemetery this morning with her husband Mark, and she wrapped her arms around each of the five coffins at the service, the Daily Mail reports.
Ms Geppert has previously said she doesn’t ‘blame’ Mr Hunt for the murder-suicide.
“All I feel is sadness and the terrible loss of a most amazing family,” she said earlier this month. “I still love Geoff as much as I ever have and I always will.”
5. Climate change summit
The UN Climate Change summit will get underway this evening in New York with 120 heads of state and government to attend the meeting.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will represent Australia.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott who will be in New York for a sitting of the Security Council the next day is not attending.