Posted: 9 October, 2015

Australians Bashed By Thai Bouncers

Video has emerged of Thai bouncers in Phuket brutally bashing Australian tourists.

Video shows brutal bashing of two Australians by Thai bouncers

Video has emerged of a brutal bashing of what is believed to be two Australian tourists by Thai nightclub bouncers outside a club in Phuket.

The images of an assault on the tourists outside the nightclub 'The White Room' has lead to the involvement of the Thai Police who're now investigating the excessive use of force.

In the video we can clearly see 5 bouncers kicking and punching the two Australian tourists while on the ground with onlookers unable to intervene.

"At this stage, we have not pressed any charges against the security guards, as we have only heard one side of the story," said Colonel Pongpichan in the Phuket Gazette.

"We will continue to search for the six Australian tourists."

The White Room nighclub in Patong, Phuket has announced it has fired the 5 bouncers as Thai Police are still trying to locate the men in the video to make a statement.

"We, the management of White Room Night Club, are shocked and upset by the violent incident. We strongly reject all forms of violence and we are currently reviewing the necessary measures to ensure nothing like this will ever happen again," announced the management via the Phuket Gazette.

More news as it develops.

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Posted: 9 October, 2015

Socceroos Lose First World Cup Qualifier

Jordan too good in front of home crowd and go to top of Group B

Tomi Juric's face says it all (photo: Socceroos)

Australia's succumbed to an inspired Jordan 2-0 in Amman, losing their first World Cup qualifier on the road to the 2018 World Cup.

In front of a boisterous crowd of 13,000, which began chanting hours before kick-off and only stopped for the national anthem, Jordan took it right up to the Asian champions.

Jordans Oday Zahran (C) defends against Australia's Tommy Oar (R) during the AFC qualifying football match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Jordan and Australia on October 8, 2015 at the Amman International Stadium in the Jordanian capital. AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI        (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

The first half finished locked 0-0 but that changed straight after the break with Matthew Spiranovic struggling to deal with a speculative ball over the top, tugging at the shirt of Hamza Al-Dardour and giving away a spot kick in the 47th minute.

Hasan Abdel-Fattah put the penalty away before Al-Dardour sealed a famous victory for the home-side with six minutes remaining.

Jordans Hasan Abdel-Fattah (R) knocks the ball over Australia's Jason Davidson (L) during the AFC qualifying football match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Jordan and Australia on October 8, 2015 at the Amman International Stadium in the Jordanian capital. AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI        (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

The result repeated Australia's defeat in the Jordanian capital during their previous qualifying campaign - and gives top spot in their group to Jordan.

While the result is undoubtedly a setback to their qualifying hopes, Australia retain control of their destiny.

The Socceroos have four matches remaining - including three at home - in the first group stage and four victories would secure passage.

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Tags: Socceroos, Jordan, Amman, World Cup Qualifier

Posted: 8 October, 2015

Salim Mehajer charged with intimidation

Auburn Deputy Mayor issued with Personal Violence Order

The local politician who made headlines for his over the top wedding at Lidcombe has landed himself in trouble with the law.

Controversial Deputy Mayor of Auburn Salim Mehajer has been charged with intimidation, after allegedly threatening the father of one of the Lindt Cafe siege survivors.

It follows an alleged altercation with personal trainer Bruce Herat outside a gym at Burwood in September, who reportedly asked him to stop dropping weights.

Police have confirmed the 29 year old has been served with a future court attendance notice for the offence of intimidation.

He's also been served with a Personal Violence Order and is due to face Burwood Local Court on November 19.

Mr Mehajer was slapped with a $220 fine after shutting down a Lidcombe street for his lavish wedding in August.

The celebration, which angered local residents, included four helicopters and a motorcade of motorbikes and luxury cars worth $50 million.

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Posted: 8 October, 2015

Socceroos Fans Ripped-Off At Jordan Gates

A hairy night ahead for both players and fans in Amman

Aussie soccer fans are being charged top dollar plus face the prospect of hostile locals when the Socceroos take on Jordan.

The World Cup qualifier costs 50 Jordanian dinars (between $95 - $100aus), despite tickets being available to locals for 3 JD ( $5.85aus).

The price structure is different for the opposing supporters because of the seating arrangements.

Aussie fans essentially do not have access to pay the cheaper fee because that would mean sitting with the locals - which could be deemed as too dangerous.

Here is the latest update by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) for Aussie travellers going to the Jordan match.

"You should be aware that there is a possibility of crowd violence when attending soccer matches in Jordan," it reads.

"The environment is generally not family friendly and sexual harassment of female fans is not uncommon."

A number of Socceroos fans have travelled to Amman for the World Cup qualifier.



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Tags: Socceroos, Jordan, world cup

Posted: 8 October, 2015

Rent On The Rise In Sydney

Now The Most Expensive For A Unit In The Country

pic: getty images

Well this won't come as too much of a surprise. It's not cheap to rent a place in Sydney.

A new report by Domain shows Sydney rent is rising at the fastest rate in 4 years, now the most expensive in the country for a unit, setting you back an average of $510 a week.

Melbourne on the other hand is a relative bargain at $370 a week, $140 cheaper.

Senior Economist Dr Andrew Wilson said the fact that Sydney had overtaken Darwin as the most expensive capital city for unit rentals was concerning for first home buyers, where investors have been driving a property price boom.

"Notwithstanding the deposits required for purchasing property, increased rents means there are more outgoing expenses for first home buyers and therefore more time and saving needed to meet the requirements," he said.

Sydney was also the second most expensive city to rent a house, behind Darwin where landlords charged an average $590 a week.

House rents rose 3.9 per cent to a record $530 in Sydney, dwarfing Melbourne's 2.6 per cent rise to $390.

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Posted: 7 October, 2015

Sydney's Worst Roads

Highway takes dubious title for fifth straight year

It's something you wouldn't want to win, let alone five years in a row, the worst road in New South Wales.

The Pacific Highway has yet again claimed the title, in the NRMA's annual Seeing Red on Roads Campaign.

NRMA President Kyles Loades wasn't surprised the Pacific Highway continues to wear the crown.

"Starting at the Sydney end, the Pennant Hills Road end and as you head north it bottlenecks at Beresfield and Hexham and the other asepct that is most furstrating was the mid-north coast around the Coffs Harbour area."

The Pacific Highway is due to be duplicated by 2020. 

In Sydney, 8000 NRMA members voted Pennant Hills Road as the second most frustrating followed by Parramatta Road.

The M5 was a big mover, going from number three last year, to the ninth worst road in the state in 2015.

The 10 worst roads in NSW and the ACT: 

  1. Pacific Highway
  2. Pennant Hills Road
  3. Parramatta Road
  4. Princes Highway 
  5. M4 Western Motorway
  6. Wattle Tree Road (Holgate)
  7. Great Western Highway 
  8. Barton Highway
  9. M5 Motorway 
  10. Narellan Road

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Posted: 7 October, 2015

Police Raid Properties Across Sydney's West

Two men aged 16 and 18 still being questioned

Source: 7 News Twitter

Two of the men arrested in a series of coordinated anti-terror dawn raids across Sydney this morning have been released without charge this afternoon.

Another two men aged 16 and 18 are still being questioned in relation to the fatal shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng.

More than 200 officers were involved in the raids on four properties at Guildford, Wentworthville, Merrylands and Marsfield at 6:00am.

Those arrested include a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old man from Wentworthville; a 22-year-old man from Merrylands; and, a 22-year-old man from Marsfield.

Video: Raids in Sydney

Four people have been arrested in Sydney this morning as a result of a Joint Counter-Terrorism Team operation involving the NSW Police and Australian Federal Police (AFP) in relation to the fatal shooting of Curtis Cheng at Parramatta last Friday.At 6am today more than 200 officers executed warrants at premises located at Guildford, Wentworthville, Merrylands, and Marsfield.Today’s operation involved officers drawn from the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, the Australian Federal Police and the Tactical Operations Unit.Those arrested include a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old man from Wentworthville; a 22-year-old man from Merrylands, and, a 22-year-old man from Marsfield.A fifth man, a 24-year-old man from Merrylands was not detained as part of the operation but was arrested as a result of an outstanding warrant for identity fraud and other fraud matters.The four men have been taken into custody and have been taken to various police stations where they will be interviewed in relation to Friday’s fatal shooting.This operation is separate from the activities overnight in relation to the 17-year-old student arrested yesterday.NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, Commander Specialist Operations, said today’s operation is a clear indication of the resolve to identify those who allegedly had involvement in the fatal shooting on Friday.“It is of serious concern that in the heart of our community there have been plans to conduct an attack on such an innocent person.”“Our Joint Counter Terrorism Team will meticulously work through all information obtained this morning and proceed according to any evidence obtained, Deputy Commissioner Burn said.Deputy Commissioner Burn also called for calm and vigilance.“While the events of last Friday are disturbing, we have to be better than those who want to disrupt our lives.”“It’s important that we get on with our lives. But we have to be vigilant, be aware and be ready to make a call if you see or hear anything suspicious,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.AFP acting Deputy Commissioner National Security Neil Gaughan said it was important to remember that this is a shocking crime targeting the New South Wales Police Force, and the fact it was perpetrated by a 15 year old boy just underlines the importance of families and communities working closely together with law enforcement. This operation is also yet another tangible example of the effectiveness of the cooperation between Australia’s law enforcement agencies.Members of the community are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A fifth man, a 24-year-old from Merrylands was not detained as part of the operation but was arrested as a result of an outstanding warrant for identity fraud and other fraud matters.

The four men are now in custody and will be interviewed at various police stations across Sydney, following the fatal shooting of Mr Cheng at the hands of 15 year old Farhad Jabar outside NSW Police Headquarters in Parramatta.

Today's raids have been a joint effort between NSW Police's counter-terrorism and homicide squads, and the Australian Federal Police.

One of the arrested men's mothers has also been taken into custody after she had to be restrained from attacking police.

Eggs were also thrown at journalists by neighbours of the arrested Merrylands men.

Video: Family member lashes out

Police stress this operation is separate from the activities overnight in relation to the 17-year-old student arrested yesterday.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said, "what we're doing today is a result of the events that happened on Friday- we are investigating the brutal murder of Curtis Cheng." 

"We won't speculate in terms of legal actions and charges, but we suspect a terrorism offence has occured and those arrested may have some knowledge."

Members of the community are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.


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Tags: Terror raids, Sydney's West, NSW Police

Posted: 7 October, 2015

Cool Change To Hit Sydney

Bringing gale force winds across Sydney and the NSW coast today.

After spending the night kicking the covers off because of the heat, its now time to batten-down-the-hatches.

The Bureau has issued a severe weather warning for the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra and South Coast.

BOM Severe Weather Warning

Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts

Issued at 4:14 am EST on Wednesday 7 October 2015.


Weather Situation

A vigorous southerly change currently near Wollongong is expected to reach central parts of the coast around dawn. Gale force southerly winds are likely along the coastal fringe between about Narooma and The Entrance for a brief period with the change.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are likely for the coastal fringe of the Metropolitan, Hunter (particularly the Central coast), Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts early this morning.

Kiama Automatic Weather Station recorded a wind of SSW 69 gusting 89 km/h at 4am.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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Posted: 7 October, 2015

Hooper Out, Folau In Doubt

Wallabies looking for back-up ahead of Wales

Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper will miss Saturday's World Cup clash with Wales after copping a one-week ban for foul play during last weekend's big win over England.

Hooper pleaded guilty at a two-hour judiciary hearing in London, ruling him out of Australia's final group match - which will decide who tops Pool A and earns the easier draw through the knock-out stages.

As coaching staff scramble for a Hooper back-up they will be most likely looking for a replacement for star fullback Israel Folau.

Folau is in major doubt for Sunday's (AEST) clash with an ankle injury and has failed to train so far this week.

Assistant coach Stephen Larkham has suggested he would again sit out of training when the Wallabies go through their paces in south London, before a scheduled rest on Wednesday.

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Posted: 6 October, 2015

Teen Arrested Days After Parramatta Police Worker Executed

The teen's reportedly from same Parramatta high school attended by gunman...

(Photo: ABC)

A teenage boy has been arrested this morning, accused of threatening officers just days after a teenage gunman shot dead a police accountant outside Parramatta's Police Headquarters on Friday afternoon.

The teen, reportedly from Arthur Phillip High School - where 15 year old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar also attended, was stopped by officers on his way to school at about 8.30am.

(photo: ABC)

Police wanted to speak to the boy over alleged social media posts following the death of Curtis Cheng, which reportedly has references to police, another attack and words like "burn in hell."

It was while speaking with the student, that officers claim he threatened and intimidated them and he was then arrested, handcuffed and taken away in the back of a police paddy wagon.

His belongings were reportedly emptied onto the footpath, the ABC claiming the boy as saying police did not like him videoing them on his mobile phone.

He's currently being questioned at Parramatta Police station.

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Posted: 6 October, 2015

First Real Day Of New CBD Bus Changes

Light rail to bring commuter pain

Source: Supplied

Commuters returning to work in Sydney’s CBD after the long weekend are experiencing a transport overhaul with George Street completely closed to buses for the construction of the light rail.

New CBD bus routes were introduced on Sunday, where 600-thousand commuters and drivers have had to change their daily commute this week.

The state government has urged patience, and says the amount of buses on Elizabeth Street will increase from 179 to 201.

But the Opposition says construction of a new 12-kilometre light rail route through the city will bring short-term pain for no long-term gain.

We're being told to avoid driving now if you can, because from October 23rd cars will start to be diverted away from George Street.

The light rail is expected to accommodate an additional 150,000 people who are expected to travel into the city over the next 10 years.

Construction is expected to take two and a half years, before testing begins in June 2018.


  • Buses from Victoria road: Most buses will now terminate at Town Hall, no longer making stops at Queen Victoria Building, Martin Place, Wynyard or Circular Quay.
  • Buses from the northern suburbs (Cammeray, Eastern Valley Way): Buses will travel to and from Bridge St and Gresham St, and will no longer go via Wynyard. They’ll now go via the Cahill Expressway and Bridge St, terminating at Gresham St. Outbound services will now start at Loftus St.
  • Buses from the northern suburbs (Lane Cove, Epping): Routes that were going to Barrangaroo will no longer operate past Wynyard to the QVB. Those on routes 252, 254 and 261 might be better off changing trains at St Leonards or North Sydney for a train to Town Hall. Other routes will stop early, e.g. route 286 will stop at Milsons Point and no longer go to the CBD – commuters could take a 297 instead.
  • Buses from Parramatta road: Some buses from the northern suburbs will terminate as early as Milson’s Point - north of the harbour bridge - however most will not travel any further into the city than Wynyard.
  • Buses from the Hills district: A few routes will go to and from the QVB at York and Clarence Streets and no longer go via Chinatown or Railway Square. Bus stops have moved from Bathurst and Clarence Streets to corners along Kent St.  
  • Buses from the eastern suburbs: Will terminate early and no longer stop at Martin Place or Circular Quay.
  • Buses from the northern beaches: Buses will go to and from Wynyard and no longer go to QVB, Chinatown or Central/Railway Square.

For more information on how the CBD changes could affect your journey visit

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Posted: 6 October, 2015

Man Dies At Sydney Swim Spot

Pulled From Water At Gordons Bay

(image - twitter)

A long weekend snorkel has turned to tragedy.

A 27 year old man has drowned after getting into difficulty at Gordons Bay overnight.

Its believed he had been snorkeling with friends near Clovelly, when something went wrong, leading him to lose consciousness on Monday evening.

He was pulled from the water by swimmers, just after 5.30pm, but despite the efforts of off-duty lifesavers, lifeguards and paramedics to revive him, he couldn't be saved.

At this stage it's not known how he got into trouble and a report will now be prepared for the coroner.

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