An Australian man and woman have been released from hospital after a London stabbing attack that left a 64-year-old US woman dead.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the two Australians were among five people injured in the attack that took place in London’s Russell Square on Wednesday evening. A 19-year-old Norwegian man of Somali origin remains in custody on suspicion of murder, with London Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley stating the investigation “increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental health issues.”
“So far we have found no evidence of radicalisation or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism,” he said.
Pauline Hanson has her say in the Senate
The One Nation party has secured four seats in the Senate. The party, led by Pauline Hanson, managed to get two seats in Queensland and one in New South Wales after the final election results were confirmed on Thursday night. Her controversial party policies include a royal commission into Islam and climate science, and calls for Renewable Energy Targets to be removed. The three extra seats means that Hanson’s party now has one more seat than the Nick Xenophon Team after already gaining a seat in Western Australia this week.
Sydney shopkeeper to be sentenced over fire that killed three people
Rozelle store owner Adeel Ahmad Khan will be sentenced today after being found guilty of killing his upstairs neighbour and an 11-month-old boy and his mother. The 46-year-old deliberately lit a fire inside his store that caused an explosion. Khan was found guilty of manslaughter in June.
Cartoon depicting indigenous father and son slammed
A cartoon by Bill Leak published in The Australian on Thursday has drawn criticism from Indigenous Affairs minister Nigel Scullion. The cartoon shows a policeman holding an Aboriginal boy by the scruff of the neck and his Aboriginal father holding a can of beer who has forgotten his son’s name. “Although Australian cartoonists have a rich tradition of irreverent satire, there is absolutely no place for depicting racist stereotypes,” Scullion said in a statement. ABC Four Corners journalist, Caro Meldrum-Hanna broke the story on last week’s program and voiced her displeasure over the tasteless cartoon via Twitter.
— Caro Meldrum-Hanna (@caromeldrum) August 4, 2016
Prison escapees back behind bars
Two men will face court today after being recaptured following their escape from Ivanhoe minimum-security prison in NSW a month ago. The pair were arrested at a unit in Wollongong on Thursday night and will appear in court charged with escaping custody, assaulting a police officer and break and enter. – Compiled from online sources by Luke Cullen.
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