Woolworths’ Anzac ad under fire
Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has ended its recent Anzac campaign after Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael Ronaldson deemed it “inappropriate”. The company is being slammed on social media for incorporating its own branding into a campaign to commemorate Anzac Day, with the ad reading “Lest we forget 1915-2015 – Fresh in our memories”. Senator Ronaldson said he asked the company to remove the ad as soon as he saw it because Woolworths had not received permission to run the campaign. “It was not appropriate, they did not have permission and, under the Protection of Word Anzac Act (1920), I’ve got to authorise the use of the word Anzac and I did not provide it for those who are looking for purely commercial benefit,” he said.
Georgina Bartter’s friend reverses plea in fatal drug incident
Rebecca Hannibal, the best friend of the Sydney teenager who died in November at the Harbourlife dance festival, has pleaded guilty to supplying the ecstasy pills that caused Ms Bartter’s death. The 19-year-old originally pleaded not guilty in February to supplying the pills to Ms Bartter, but reversed her plea today during a mention at Downing Centre Local Court. Ms Bartter will return to court on June 10.
Australian Defence Minister fails to name Islamic State leader
Kevin Andrews avoided answering questions regarding the name of the Islamic State leader during his 7:30 interview with Leigh Sales last night. During the ABC interview outlining Australia’s role in Iraq, the defence minister could not provide the name of the Islamic State leader. “There’s a cadre of leaders in the ISIL forces and we’re not just dealing with one organisation. There’s fluidity between organisations and individuals who are involved,” Mr Andrews said. – Compiled from web sources by Jacinta Scott
Top photo from the Woolworths ANZAC campaign ad.