1. Terrorism suspect shot dead
An 18-year-old man has been shot dead by counter-terrorism police and two policemen have been stabbed in Melobourne.
Police said the two officers met the man outside the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s outer south-east before he attacked the officers with a sharp instrument.
He then ran towards the police station and was shot, Fairfax Media reports.
The man had been asked to come in to the station by police to answer questions regarding an ongoing terrorism investigation. The ABC reports that the man’s passport had been confiscated and he had made threats in the past towards the Prime Minister.
The ABC also reports police have confirmed reports the man was seen recently with an Islamic State flag.
2. Airstrikes against Islamic State
The United States and “partner nations” have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria says the Pentagon.
“It must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people,” President Obama said.
According to CNN an Al-Qaida branch in Syria known as Khorasan was targeted by the US as they had intelligence to believe it was “nearing the execution phase” of a planned terror attack on the US or Europe.
CNN reports that the planned attack involved a bomb made of a nonmetallic device, toothpaste container, and clothes dipped in explosive material.
One of the plots Khorasan were looking at involved concealed bombs on airplanes CNN reports.
Meanwhile air strikes against the Islamic State held city of Raqqa are said to have killed at least 70 militants and wounded more than 300 according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
3. Julia Gillard interview
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken to the Nine Network saying that when she deposed Kevin Rudd it was because people wanted change.
“I asked Kevin for a ballot. By the time I got back to my office it was filling with supporters and that I’d have to say just had the sense of kind of, you know, almost uprising about it. People wanted change. ”
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4. Chloe Valentine inquest
An inquest into the death of four-year old Chloe Valentine who died after being forced to ride a 50-kilogram motorbike despite repeatedly crashing has heard that Chloe begged not to live with her mother, Ashlee Polkinghorne.
Ashlee Polkinghorne, and her former partner Benjamin McPartland, are serving jail sentences for manslaughter through criminal neglect for the little girl’s death.
The ABC reports that the inquest heard evidence from Chloe’s godmother who said Chloe often stayed with her overnight when her mother went out. At times her mother forgot to pick her up – at one stage leaving her there for more than five weeks.