1. Bali Nine’s Scott Rush is getting married
Convicted drug courier and Bali Nine member Scott Rush is reportedly getting married to a woman he met one week before he was arresting in 2005.
28-year-old Rush – who is currently serving a life sentence in a Bali prison – proposed to London banker Nikki Butler this month.
Rush was just 19 when he was arrested in Bali in 2005 for carrying drugs. Together with the other couriers, the Bali Nine had 8.2kg of heroin strapped to their bodies.
Rush and Butler met in 2005, and spent one day together before he was arrested, Ms Butler returned to London and didn’t hear of Rush again until 2013 when she saw a report about another prisoner in Bali. The Bali Nine were mentioned in the story, which lead Butler to get in contact with Rush.
2. Christmas Island staff on ‘standby’
An asylum seeker vessel made contact with marine rescue authorities on Thursday night, with the ABC reporting that the vessel is from Southern India and has more than 150 people on board, including 37 children.
The leaking boat is reportedly 300 kilometres from Christmas Island.
Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan has said staff on Christmas Island have been told to prepare for the possible arrival of the asylum seekers.
As Fairfax reported, “No vessel carrying asylum seekers has successfully reached Australian shores since December 19.”
3. NRL player Todd Carney being investigated over lewd photo
The NRL is investigating Cronulla Sharks star Todd Carney after a lewd photo of him was published online on Saturday night. The graphic image appears to show the Sharks player urinating into his own mouth while in the bathroom of popular Sutherland Shire nightspot Northies.
It is the latest incident to tarnish Carney’s career, which has been marred by alcohol-related issues including a drink driving charge in 2006. Carney joined the Sharks in 2012 after being dismissed by the Roosters, after he broke a club-issued alcohol ban.
4. Thousands to lose Disability Support Pension
The Federal Government is reportedly set to release a discussion paper that suggest only people with permanent disabilities receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP).