PM confirms Parliament house a potential target for terror attack
Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday confirmed that there has been talk among terrorist groups that Parliament House is a possible target for terror attacks. Intelligence groups, police and counter-terrorism agencies intercepted information regarding the possible plot. It has resulted in security at Parliament House being increased. The Australian Federal Police will be taking over security, both inside and outside of Parliament House.
Round the clock patrols for Sydney landmarks
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, along with major transport hubs will be under heavy supervision after security threats were discovered during yesterday’s counter-terrorism raids across the city. Operation Hammerhead will see hundreds of highly visible officers patrolling locations in Sydney, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and large sporting events and public gatherings in a bid to ward off attempted attacks. The security boost follows Thursday’s dawn raids on houses and vehicles across Sydney’s west and north-west and in Brisbane’s south.
For more information on the raids seen across the country see The Newsroom‘s coverage here.
Escaped QLD convicted Sex offender caught in NSW
Charles Gardner, a dangerous sex offender that escaped detention in Brisbane after removing his GPS tracker has been caught in Murwillumbah this morning. Gardner, who is listed as an offender and supervised under the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act 2003, was Jailed for seven years in 2005 for rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and deprivation of liberty. Gardner went missing early this morning and was caught at 10am (AEST). NSW police told AAP they expect to extradite him back to Queensland shortly.
Apple releases iPhone 6 In Australia
Apple fans that have lined up for days outside of Apple stores will today be able to get their eager hands on the device. The new iPhone 6 comes in two models – the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus which sports a larger screen than the iPhone 6 and all other previous iPhone models. Apple’s operating system iOS 8 was released yesterday and can be installed on most prior devices and boasts an unbreakable passcode system, new apps and updates to messaging and photos.
The iPhone 6 with the 4.7 inch display will set you back anywhere from $869. The iPhone 6 Plus with the 5.5 inch display can be purchased from upwards of $999 depending on the storage sizes. – Bree Hetherington