Posted: 24 May, 2015

Terrorists To Be Stripped Of Aussie Citizenship

New laws for dual nationals who join terror groups

Dual nationals who join terrorist groups will be stripped of their Australian citizenship under new laws expected to go before parliament this week.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference at the Conrad Treasury Hotel on July 17, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. Abbott responded to Prime Minister Julia Gillards earlier announcement of a federal election set for August 21.  (Photo by David Hardenberg/Getty Images)

The legislation will extend an existing power that lets the government take the citizenship off people who fight with foreign armies against Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.   

"People who are fighting with terrorist groups overseas or who are engaged in terrorist activities here in Australia are effectively taking up arms against us," Mr Abbott told reporters in Brisbane on Sunday.   

"It's very hard to imagine that we should allow to remain in the bosom of our country people who are trying to destroy us."   The measure could lead to second-generation Australians losing their status if they are also citizens of their parents' birth country.   

Mr Abbott flagged the move in a national security statement in February.   

The government is also understood to be considering restricting the rights of those who only hold Australian citizenship.   However, Mr Abbott said anyone who had committed a crime in Australia,whatever their citizenship, would still face the full consequences including jail time.   

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants to see details of the legislation before committing Labor to a position, although he noted the party was inclined to support the government on counter-terrorism matters.   

He's asked Mr Abbott for a briefing on the new laws.

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Posted: 22 May, 2015

Reservoir Fire Reveals Drug Lab

Two People Under Arrest

An early morning fire at a Reservoir address has exposed five cannabis plants and a small hydroponic set-up to authorities.

They were uncovered by emergency crews called to extinguish a blaze just after 4.30 this morning, who noticed the plants as they entered the house. Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman Ross Duncan said the fire was brought under control quickly, but the house was filled with smoke.

Once the fire was extinguished, police were called and the unit became a crime scene.

A 37-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were arrested and are being interviewed by police. The fire was contained to a small area of the house, and detectives are treating it as suspicious.

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Posted: 22 May, 2015

Police Are Chasing Vandals Who Damaged War Graves

More than $24,000 damage!

Dozens of graves have been vandalised in a Melbourne cemetery, including 12 war graves, in what police have labelled a heartless crime.

Almost 50 plaques were stolen from gravestones in Frankston Cemetery overnight on May 12, leaving a damage bill of $24,000.

Detective Senior Constable Mark Garrett says despite only being able to get about $10 for each plaque, they may be sold for scrap metal. He's warning scrap metal dealers to be vigilant.

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Posted: 21 May, 2015

Daniel Morcombe's Killer Loses Appeal

Had been trying to have his conviction overturned

Brett Peter Cowan, the man convicted of Daniel Morcombe's murder, has had his appeal thrown out of court.

Cowan is sentenced to life behind bars with a 20-year non-parole period.  

Queensland's Attorney-General was trying to have the sentence extended, that appeal was also rejected.

Bruce Morcombe was in court today, he says he has mixed emotions.

"Eleven and a half years ago was the last time Denise and I, and the family, saw Daniel. We don't forget.  Today we hope Mr Cowan doesn't forget his actions have resulted in him spending a minimum 20 years in jail.  We hope they're tough," he said.

Cowan's legal team won't rule out further legal action though.  They're claiming police involved in getting Cowan's confession overstepped the mark.

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Tags: Daniel Morcombe, Brett Peter Cowan, court, appeal

Posted: 21 May, 2015

Car Recall Bigger Than First Thought

More than 550,000 Aussie cars affected

More Australian cars have been caught up in the latest car recall - now considered the largest in the world - over faulty airbags. 

All up, 56 million cars are already being pulled from the roads globally...34 million in the US, and more than half a million here. What's scary is that figure's expected to climb. 

After initially denying there was any problem (and then claiming it had been fixed), Japanese company Takata has revealed the problem is far bigger than originally thought. All of these airbags could spray shrapnel in an accident... it's all to do with moisture getting in during the manufacturing process.

The company makes 20% of the car industry's airbags. 

Overseas, at least six deaths have so far been linked to the fault.

At this stage, the recall is so massive not all car companies have been able to calculate exactly which models are affected, but we know the makes include Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors ... typically, they're 2003 - 2007 models

Some car companies have started to release statements about the release, with many admitting replacements won't be fitted until at least next year.

While car companies are scrambling to make contact with original buyers, they're running into trouble because often the vehicles have been sold (sometimes multiple times) since the original purchase (between 2003 and 2007). 

If you think you could be affected, you should check the website or contact the car company direct. 

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Posted: 20 May, 2015

Hugh Jackman Shows The US How to Eat Vegemite

Actor teaches Jimmy Fallon the proper way to eat the Aussie favourite

Actor Hugh Jackman has pulled Jimmy Fallon up on-air after The Tonight Show host gave the iconic Aussie spread a less than impressive review.

Fallon tasted Vegemite during a segment last week and couldn’t hide his disapproval - claiming it tasted like beef bouillon that had fallen on a brewer's floor.

The actor set out to change the reputation of Vegemite in the US, telling Fallon last night, “I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick with you man. You were talking a bit of smack last week about Vegemite.”

Jackman telling the comedian he hadn’t eaten the spread the traditional Aussie way, saying it needed to be eaten on toast with butter and layered on thin.

“It’s not like Nutella, it’s refined… you just need a little bit.”

Out comes the toaster to prove the point and once Fallon tries it, he looks a lot more impressed.

“Much better! Oh, that’s fantastic.”

Jackman referred to this lesson as a “public service announcement for Australia.”

Watch the full appearance below.

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Tags: Hugh Jackman, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, Vegemite

Posted: 18 May, 2015

Man Hit By A Car Driven By Jon Stevens

Noiseworks frontman expected to check in with the victim today

Aussie rocker John Stevens is expected today to check on the pedestrian he hit while driving his BMW in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs yesterday. 

It is understood Stevens was visiting his son when his luxury 4WD collided with a 69-year-old man on a pedestrian crossing at the corner of Wolseley Rd and New South Head Rd just before 1.30pm.

NSW Police say the singer stopped to assist the victim, who suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head, legs and hand.

The man was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment. Rose Bay police are now investigating with officers appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. 

It has been reported an on-the-spot-alcohol test was carried out and returned a negative result.

The former noiseworks and INXS frontman has since released a statement overnight, expressing concern for the injured man.

"I hope the gentleman is okay, police and paramedics assured me he is, but I'll be checking in to make sure. It was just an accident. I can’t take a trick right now. I am devastated,” said Stevens.

He was driving his black BMW X6 just 150m from his former fiancé Jodhi Meares' plush Point Piper pad when the pedestrian was knocked to the ground. 

After making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, it comes a week after the Aussie rocker was captured by the paparazzi leaving a Sydney restaurant after a long lunch with John Singleton.

Singo was fined $550 dollars for offensive behaviour over the boozy lunch.

Stevens also had assault charges against him dropped in a Sydney Court last month over an alleged incident involving Meares.

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Tags: Jon Stevens, INXS, Car accident, Point Piper

Posted: 18 May, 2015

Massive All-In-Brawl Erupts In Hungry Jacks

A Perth Hungry Jacks descended into mayhem.

A fight at a Hungry Jack's store has been caught on camera by a fellow diner.

The video was uploaded to YouTube sometime on Friday, and shows a group of teenagers fighting with three others by throwing chairs, tray mats and even tables at a store in Perth's CBD "after a night out".

It is not known if Police are investigating the fight or video, however with the damage that was done to the store there's little doubt that law enforcement would be involved.

In the video you can see other customers trying to get out of the way of the brawl, and staff hiding behind the counter at the store.

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Posted: 18 May, 2015

Lambie Green Light for Party

Former Palmer United senator wins approval to set up her own political party

Jacqui Lambie has won the tick of approval from the Electoral Commission to set up her own political party.

The Jacqui Lambie Network can now appear on federal election ballot papers and receive public funding if its candidates garner enough votes.

Senator Lambie was elected under the Palmer United Party banner but defected in November.

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Posted: 18 May, 2015

Love Locks to be Removed

Love locks set to go due to weighty problem

They were supposed to symbolise everlasting love, but Melbourne City Council intends to remove more than 20,000 "love locks" from a Southbank bridge, citing safety concerns.

Melbourne lovebirds and visitors to the city have made their way to the Southbank Foot Bridge for three years to lock in their love forever, placing their padlock on the bridge and throwing away the key.

But Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says the safety barrier wires are now sagging under the weight of the locks.

They'll be to be removed as part of routine maintenance.

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Posted: 18 May, 2015

Haddin Confirms What Triple M Already Knew

Aussie keeper hangs up the one-day gloves

Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin has confirmed to the world what he already told Triple M a day after winning the one-day World Cup at the MCG on March 29.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 28:  Brad Haddin of Australia bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand at Eden Park on February 28, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)During a hectic phone call with The Triple M Grill Team - which included talking to Steve Smith and coach Darren Lehmann, who was showing the effects of a long night of celebrating, Haddin let slip when asked about getting in the faces of the New Zealand players during the decider.
"I'm not gunna play another one-dayer so they can (line slightly drops out) suspended me for as long as they like..."

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The 37 year old hanging up the gloves having played 126 matches in the green and gold.

His one-day international career beginning against Zimbabwe in Hobart in 2001, before he finally took a permanent place in the side in 2008 following the retirement of Adam Gilchrist.

Haddin claiming 170 catches and 11 stumpings, the third most dismissals for an Aussie keeper behind Gilchrist and Ian Healy.

While with the bat he scored 3122 runs at an average of 31.53 which included two centuries placing him 18th overall an the Australian all-time ODI run-scorers list.

The official announcement coming on the eve of his departure for Australia's West Indies and Ashes Tours.

Haddin saying, "It's been a privilege to play one-day cricket for Australia, I've come through during an amazing era. I've been lucky enough to go to three World Cups and I think to finish the way I am, after that great event of the World Cup final at the MCG, it doesn't get any better."

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Tags: Brad Haddin, retirement, one-day, international, cricket, World Cup, keeper

Posted: 18 May, 2015

Young Melbourne Man Killed In Syria

Irfaan Hussein fought for Islamic State

A young Australian man has reportedly been killed while fighting for Islamic State in the Middle East.

The family of 19-year-old Irfaan Hussein has confirmed his death, but did not comment on claims that he had been beheaded while trying to return home or killed in a bomb blast, according to the Herald Sun.

Hussein called himself Aby Sufyan Al Australi and attended school with Numan Haider who was shot dead last September after stabbing two Melbourne police officers.

Police allege that Hussein assisted Aussies wanting to go to Iraq or Syria to connect with extremist recruiters in the Middle East.

Police told court earlier this month that another Melbourne terror suspect, Harun Causevic had Hussein’s international phone number when he was arrested for allegedly plotting attacks on Anzac Day.

Hussein is said to have travelled to Turkey in September or October last year before he was smuggled over the border to Syria.

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