A wrap-up of this week’s news headlines.
High Court rules in favour of non-specific gender
The High Court unanimously ruled in favour of non-specific gender recognition on Wednesday. Androgynous Redfern resident Norrie won the right to register as neither male or female on basic documents issued by the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, such as birth certificates. The landmark decision after a four-year court battle could mean national recognition for individuals who do not identify with either gender.
ASIC unimpressed by April Fools joke
A fake press release posted by a 16-year-old girl has been referred to ASIC for investigation. The email, claiming to be from Metgasco’s chief executive Peter Henderson, said the gas drilling company would pull out of northern NSW after fierce local opposition. The fake statement said the company would instead build a solar thermal plant near Casino.
The stunt was labelled as potentially devastating for shareholders by the real Mr Henderson, who was forced to assure the Australian Securities Exchange that operations in the Clarence-Moreton Basin would continue. The penalties for making a false or misleading statement can range up to 10 years in jail, a fine of $765,000 or both.
Palmer misses deadline to register
The Palmer United Party has missed the deadline to register for the 2015 NSW state election. Under electoral laws parties must submit their paperwork 12 months before the election, a deadline that passed on March 28.
Candidates from Clive Palmers’ party are still eligible to run as endorsed independents but the Palmer United Party’s name may not appear on the ballot paper. The party also failed to register for the state election in South Australia.
Fire closes Neil Perry’s Rockpool
A spokesperson for Neil Perry’s award-winning Rockpool Bar and Grill told the Newsroom they hope to have a “definitive idea” of when the restaurant will reopen by Friday’s end. The building is still undergoing assessment for damaged caused by a fire on Wednesday night. The kitchen fire forced the evacuation of staff and customers shortly after 8:30. A statement on the restaurant’s official Facebook page has thanked everyone for their support and says Rockpool hopes to be back in operation as soon as possible.
Shark attack search continues
The search for a 63-year-old woman killed in a suspected shark attack has resumed despite bad weather. Christine Armstrong was swimming at Tathra Beach south of Bega on Thursday morning when she disappeared. Witnesses said she was attacked by a three- to four-metre shark seen in the vicinity at the time. The popular tourist beach remains closed. – Compiled by Naomi Winner from web sources
Top image created by Naomi Winner.