1. Teenage father admits to killing baby son.
A teenager father has pleaded guilty to killing his newborn son in Perth last year.
The 16-year old boy from Bunbury was visiting his son who had been born prematurely last February at Bunbury Regional Hospital.
The baby was airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital but died several days later in his teenage mother’s arms.
At the time the mother posted heartbreaking messages to social media.
“Omg what do i do sitinq here so lost missing my son rip mummys boy love you to the moon nd bak,” she wrote.
“You Went In My Arms I Lovee Yhu So Much.”
The teenager was initially charged with assaulting the 27-day-old boy but after the baby died the charges were upgraded to unlawful killing of the baby.
2. Leaked emails from Liberal Party federal treasurer Philip Higginson address ‘conflict of interest’ posed by Loughnane and Credlin marriage.
By political editor Chris Uhlmann and political reporter Anna Henderson.
The latest shot in the campaign to depose the Prime Minister was fired last night with the leaking of a letter of resignation from the Liberal Party’s honorary federal treasurer Philip Higginson.
The ABC has obtained two letters from Mr Higginson, an avowed long-time friend of Tony Abbott.
One letter, foreshadowing Mr Higginson’s resignation, attacked what he saw as the organisational conflict of interest created by the marriage between Liberal federal director Brian Loughnane and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Peta Credlin.
“How this party ever let a husband and wife team into those two key roles where collegiate competitive tension is mandatory and private consultations between colleagues to see that each side is served well is a complete mystery,” the letter said.
“The persons in our party’s history that allowed it to occur should hang their heads in collective shame.
“The federal director has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the organisation at all times, repeat, at all times.
“How can this possibly happen when the COS [chief of staff] to the PM is his wife?
“It immediately brings about the cessation of open communication to the federal director, contributes to wooden and unreliable communication, and a reluctance towards open and trusting lines of communication and, dare I say it, retribution.
“In corporate Australia the chairman of the board would never allow his EA [executive assistant] to be wife of the managing director, or the managing director would never allow his EA to be the wife of the chairman.”
President of the Liberal Party Richard Alston responded to the letters by writing to the federal executive saying he was not aware of any breach of duty by Mr Loughnane.