1. Shorten says he has changed his mind about Labor asylum seeker policy.
Labor leader Bill Shorten says he has changed his mind about boat turnbacks and wants to convince his party to support the policy.
On last night’s 7.30 he said:
“I can no longer escape the conclusion that Labor, if we form a government, needs to have all the options on the table,” Mr Shorten said.
He said he believed the Coalition’s policy of turning back asylum seeker boats, in conjunction with resettling asylum seekers offshore, had worked.
“It’s not easy, though, because it involves the admission, I think, that mistakes were made when Labor was last in government,” he said.
“If I want to be the leader of this nation, I’ve got to be able to face the truth and the truth for me is that if we have policies in place which gives sustenance and support to people smugglers to exploit vulnerable people, where they put these vulnerable people on unsafe boats and then people drown at sea, I can’t support any policies which do that.”
He now faces the task of convincing the ALP’s left faction at its national conference this weekend.
He also told 7.30 that Labor would look to increase Australia’s refugee intake numbers.
2. Women tells of the moment her partner choked her.A 33-year old woman from Sydney has told the Supreme Court of the moment her fiance choked her so hard she could not scream – and how she then plunged a knife into him killing him.
Marcela Castaneda is facing charges over the stabbing of her fiancé Gregory Peck in February 2013 in their western Sydney home.
Earlier this week the judge directed the jury to find Castenada not guilty of murder but consider manslaughter charges reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
She told the court yesterday that the night she stabbed him she had called off their wedding.
“All of a sudden I could feel his hands around me,” she said.
“I could feel pressure around my neck and I was struggling to breathe, and I could feel him on top of me … I couldn’t scream.”
She fled to the kitchen but she said Mr Peck followed her.
“That scared me, because he’d never come after me before. So then when I saw the knife, I just grabbed it,”