Toddler killed by reversing car in Sydney
A 20-month old toddler has been tragically killed by a reversing car, in the driveway of his home in Sydney. The boy died at Westmead Children’s hospital from head injuries on Friday afternoon. The child’s parents were not at home at the time.
One child is accidentally run over in their own driveway every week in Australia.
Firefighters in VIC and SA gain upper hand
Firefighters in Victoria and South Australia have managed to gain the upper hand against most of the fires burning throughout their states; and now weather conditions are flaring in NSW. South Australia’s Country Fire Service says at least 15 houses were lost this weekend – although the total damage will not be known for several days. Victoria has been warned to prepare for more fires throughout summer.
Homes are also believed to have been lost near Wagga Wagga, NSW, after lightning sparked dozens of fires in the state last night.
Campbell Newman plans to combat alcohol-fuelled violence
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has said that the State Government is considering tougher penalties to combat alcohol-fuelled violence, instead of relying on limiting opening hours for bars and similar. Mr Newman said, “The Government has no desire to be a bunch of wowzers … [I] believe that we should be fairly relaxed about our drinking hours, our opening hours… It is authoritarian, in my view, to make laws that penalise the many for the sins of the few.”
Meanwhile, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has been accused of dragging his feet on reforms, after it was revealed that for 16 months he has had in-principle cabinet approval for new liquor licensing laws, which would have forced venues in NSW to address violence.
Royal Australian Naval personnel accused of inappropriate comments about asylum seekers
A member of the Royal Australian Navy has been accused of behaving inappropriately on social media, after allegedly making disparaging comments about asylum seekers – while having his Facebook employment status visible to the public. The man in question posted on a friend’s (who lists themselves as a member of the ‘anti-Islam Australian Defence League’) Facebook page, writing, ”I’m about to head out today to deal with these f—ers.”