Here are today’s top stories.
1. Protesters clash at rallies against “Islamic extremism” across Australia.
Opposing rallying groups confronted one another resulting and arrests and violence in capital cities across the countries. Anti-Islam group, Reclaim Australia says their rallies were a public response to Sharia law, Islamic extremism and minority groups who want to “ruin the traditional Australian culture”.
Australian flags and signs saying “Yes Australia. No Sharia” were carried by Reclaim Australia in their protests which took place in 16 cities.
At Federation Square, in Melbourne’s CBD, Reclaim Australia protesters classed with counter-rally supporters promoting religious tolerance in Australia. More than 100 police officers were called to contain the protests. Paramedics were called to treat minor injuries from assaults.
Organisers of the counter rally claimed that Reclaim Australia was making a direct attack on Muslims in the Australian community.
In Brisbane, One Nation Leader, Pauline Hanson, joined the Reclaim Australia marches. Ms Hanson defended her anti-Islam stance, saying that criticism of a culture is not racism.
2. Search for missing 11-year-old boy with autism, Luke Shambrook, enters third day.
Luke Shambrook was last seen on Friday morning at the Candlebark Campground near Lake Eildon, where he was camping with his family.
More than 100 people, including police, SES volunteers, campers and locals have taken part in the air and ground search.
Locals involved in the search said people had driven up from Melbourne after learning about the search on the news on Saturday night.
Police on the scene said they had new information that might assist with the search, but would not say what it was.
Sergeant Greg Paul said they would scale up their efforts today in new areas, as well as combing over areas that have already been searched.
“We’re throwing everything we can at finding Luke at this time and we’ll continue the efforts for as long as it takes,” Sergeant Paul said.