A home intruder has died after a struggle with a Sydney father, & more in News in 5.

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1. A home intruder has died after a struggle with a Sydney father.

A Sydney man who confronted an intruder who subsequently died was entitled to use “reasonable force” to protect himself and his family, a senior detective says.

Johan “Francois” Schwartz, 44, was quizzed by NSW Police after an intruder he confronted in his Harrington Park lounge room on Sunday died following a struggle between the two men.

“Generally people are entitled to their home and they’re entitled to use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property,” Detective Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank told reporters.

Investigators say Mr Schwartz was woken on Sunday about 7.30am by his dogs barking.

He went to investigate “and challenged a male intruder located in the lounge room”.

“He confronted that male intruder and a struggle has ensued,” Det Insp Woolbank said.

“As a result of that struggle, the male intruder has collapsed and become unconscious.”

The intruder, 35, couldn’t be revived despite neighbours performing CPR and paramedics being called.

It’s believed Mr Schwartz’s wife and young child were home at the time.

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The 44-year-old was taken to Narellan police station and quizzed. He was released on Sunday evening “pending further inquiries”.

Neighbours say they saw a man running barefoot down the street about the time of the incident.

“The thing I noticed the most was he was barefoot – it was strange,” one man told Network Ten.

Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The deceased man was described as having a ginger-like moustache and beard. He was wearing a blue sleeveless top and grey shorts.

The man had two distinctive tattoos: One on his chest saying “True to outselves is our true honour” and another on the left upper inside of his arm in a foreign language.

2. Government launches national television advertising campaign to counter anti-vaxxers.


A national television advertising blitz is being launched to counter the misinformation spread by anti-vaccination campaigners.

The federal government will spend an extra $12 million over the next three years to reinforce the health benefits of the nation’s immunisation program.

Meanwhile, the government will also offer free flu vaccinations to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under the age of 14, who are more likely than non-indigenous kids to be hospitalised with the disease.

3. Young Liberals suspended over lewd comments about women.

Four members of NSW’s Young Liberals have been suspended after they made derogatory comments about women on social media.

The four men used dating app Tinder to connect with women they hoped to persuade to vote Liberal and then made sexually explicit comments about a woman on a closed Facebook group.


The comments were made about a year ago.

The four on Friday received the maximum available penalty and were suspended for six months after Liberal Party officials were alerted to the chat by the Sun-Herald.

They may be expelled from the party, according to the paper.

In one instance, one of the Young Liberals reportedly posted a photo of a woman he was chatting with on Tinder, describing her as a “potato”.

“A potato that can vote,” the Young Liberal reportedly wrote.

“Then root and boot her and leave some HTVs (how to vote cards). … I could go some fries right now.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the comments shouldn’t be tolerated and was glad such “decisive action” to suspend them was taken.

“All of us need to stand up and take action against anything derogatory said or acted against women,” she told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

The NSW Liberal Party leader disagreed with claims the incident indicates her party has a problem with women.

Instead, she said it showed society had a problem with how it speaks about and treats women.

“This is not a problem or challenge isolated to one or two political parties, this is an inherent social problem that we have,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The Liberal Party has recently copped criticism for not women treating well and having a “female problem”.

“People already think we don’t treat women fairly. They will just look at this and say ‘see, you don’t’,” a senior Liberal source told the Sun-Herald.

4. PM Scott Morrison recorded video to deter people smugglers.


The prime minister has recorded a video message to be translated into 15 languages and aired in 10 countries considered asylum-seeker hot spots.

“Make no mistake, if you attempt to come to Australia illegally by boat, you will not succeed,” he says in the two-minute clip.

“So do not waste your money or risk your life, or anyone else’s life, for nothing.”

His direct message comes after changes to the medical treatment of asylum seekers were legislated against the federal government’s wishes.

Doctors have been given a greater say in medical evacuations for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and the immigration minister’s discretion to refuse transfers to serious criminals has been curtailed.

Mr Morrison has been accused of sending mixed messages and encouraging people smugglers to come to Australia by suggesting the country’s borders are now less secure.

“Scott Morrison’s problem is that he says one thing one week and another thing another week,” Labor frontbencher Penny Wong told reporters in Adelaide on Sunday.

“People know a politician who is being authentic and one who is not.”

But the prime minister is continuing to pile pressure on Labor for supporting the medical transfer changes, saying he could “drive a truck” through the protections they put in place.

“Our government will be doing everything within our powers – despite what the Labor Party have done to undermine our border protection regime – to ensure these boats don’t come,” he told reporters in Tasmania.

“Last week Labor weakened our borders, what I’m doing today is to strengthen them.”

The legislative changes will only apply to people who are already in offshore detention; any future boat arrivals will not be affected.

However, the prime minister has argued this “nuance” will be ignored by people smugglers trying to entice asylum seekers onto boats.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said it was also “implausible” a future Labor government would not extend the medical transfer laws to new arrivals.

“At the first conceivable opportunity Labor had to soften what have been very tough rules around who comes to Australia they took it,” he told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday.


“There is some implausibility about the notion that they wouldn’t take that opportunity again if in government for a future cohort.”

The government is reopening a detention centre on Christmas Island at a cost of $1.4 billion as it braces for an expected flood of medical transfers.

Meanwhile, security agencies are conducting security checks on asylum seekers being held offshore.

“Opening Christmas Island is a rational, indeed, one of very few limited responses that we can take to deal with the influx of hundreds of people,” Mr Porter said.

5. Qld mum charged with stabbing 17-year-old daughter.

A Brisbane woman will face court on Monday charged with the attempted murder of her 17-year-old daughter.

The teenager remains in hospital in a stable condition after being stabbed in the face and neck during a disturbance at a unit in Wynnum just after 5am on Sunday, police said.

It is believed a kitchen knife was used in the attack and the girl was stabbed multiple times.

The woman will appear in Wynnum Magistrates Court.

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