1. A 35-year-old woman who is pleading for the choice to die has become the face of voluntary euthanasia.
Kylie Monaghan wants to have choice. Via Facebook.
Kylie Monaghan from Port Pirie in South Australia was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer six years ago. The disease has now spread to her liver and bones.
She has become the face of a new campaign called ‘Be the Bill’, urging politicians that their vote impacts real people.
“It’s something that needs to be talked about — it’s obviously an uncomfortable situation to talk about as it’s very personal for a lot of people,” she said.
She told The Advertiser, "I don’t want to be lying in bed staring at the ceiling and feel like a burden on my family — I want that choice."
The campaign, backed by television and radio personality Andrew Denton, will launch in Adelaide this week. It asks South Australians to lobby their local MP to support the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016 which would make SA the first state to allow seriously ill people to choose to end their lives.
The campaign is jointly run by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and Denton’s Go Gentle Australia.
2. New York explosion: 29 injured in 'intentional bomb blast' with second device found in Manhattan.
New York is on high alert after an explosion rocked the Chelsea district of Manhattan injuring 29 people.
The blast ripped through the area shortly after 8.30pm Saturday night.
It is understood to have originated from a device placed in a metal container outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 West 23rd Street. A second device was found four blocks away on West 27th Street.
Earlier in the day there was an explosion at Seaside Park, New Jersey, which was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force has been called in to investigate the Chelsea blasts well as the New Jersey incident.
Meanwhile in Minnesota, a man claiming he was a soldier of the Islamic State has gone on a stabbing rampage, injuring eight people.
3. Australian jets involved in US-led air strike which mistakenly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers.
The Defence Department has confirmed that Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers, who were apparently mistaken for Islamic State fighters.
The ABC reports the strikes came less than a week into a fragile ceasefire aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria's five-year civil war.
The Defence department said: Australian aircraft were “among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation."