The Newsroom recaps this week’s top stories.
Toilet stop that changed history
An archaeologist has stumbled upon one of Australia’s most prehistoric sites thanks to the call of nature. Giles Hamm from La Trobe University was surveying gorges in the remote outback South Australia with Adnyamathanha elder Clifford Coulthard when they stopped the car for a toilet break. That pit stop led to the discovery of a 49,000-year-old Aboriginal settlement, pushing back the date of occupation of inland Australia by 10,000 years. Mr Hamm told the ABC the site, in the northern Flinders Ranges, contained more than 4000 artefacts, including the remains of plants, ochre and bones. He said they initially noticed the rock shelter with a blackened roof about 20 metres above a creek bed. “Cliff walked up this creek bed into this gorge and found this amazing spring surrounded by rock art,” he said. “A man getting out of the car to go to the toilet led to the discovery of one of the most important sites in Australian pre-history.”
— Quinnquelyn (@Quinnquelyn) November 3, 2016
Stephanie Scott’s father Bob struck by tree on Canowindra property
Robert Scott, the father of murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott has died in a tragic accident on his property in Central West NSW. Police believe Bob Scott was clearing trees on the family farm in Nanami Lane, Canowindra when the accident occurred. The incident comes just weeks after Vincent Stanford, a cleaner at Ms Scott’s school, was sentenced to life in prison for Ms Scott’s murder. Tributes for the Scott family have flown in from social media and from students at Canowindra High School, where Mr Scott previously taught.
Absolutely devastated for the Scott family in #Canowindra today. What a shocking thing for the community as well.
— Matt Ryan (@mr060511) November 1, 2016
Tragic news: Bob Scott, father of murdered Leeton schoolteacher Stephanie Scott has been killed by a falling tree at his home.
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) November 1, 2016
Stan Grant joins ABC as editor of Indigenous Affairs
Respected journalist Stan Grant is gearing up to make television history as the first Indigenous anchor of a current affairs program. The ABC have hired Mr Grant to launch a new prime-time program kicking off in December on Friday nights at 7.30pm. The 53-year-old, who previously worked for SKY, NITV, and CNN has also landed the new position of editor of Indigenous Affairs, overseeing Indigenous content nationally. Gaven Morris, ABC’s Director of News said “Indigenous Affairs is an area of great importance to our nation and one ABC News has always comprehensively covered. Stan will lead the way in extending and better structuring our reporting on it throughout our news and current affairs coverage.”
— Louisa Lim (@limlouisa) October 28, 2016
— Leigh Sales (@leighsales) October 28, 2016
Bono named in ‘Women of the Year’ list
US women’s magazine Glamour Magazine has named U2 frontman and humanitarian Bono in their 2016 ‘Women of the Year’ list. Glamour Magazine explained their decision saying, “when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decides to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide – well, all that’s worth celebrating.” 56-year-old Bono created the 2015 Poverty is Sexist campaign which aimed at helping the world’s poorest women. Many women took to Twitter, questioning the magazine’s decision to choose Bono.
So many women doing wonderful things for women & girls. So many yet we will never know their names & they wouldn't want us to #Bono
— Ｓｕｅ Ｖｅｎｅｅｒ (@sueveneer) November 2, 2016
— Tempest Rose (@HOBTempestRose) November 2, 2016
Amirah Droudis found guilty of murdering Man Haron Monis’ ex-wife
The former girlfriend of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis has been found guilty of murdering Monis’ ex-wife. Amirah Droudis was accused of killing Monis’ ex-wife at a unit block in Sydney’s west in April 2013. The victim was stabbed multiple times before being doused in petrol and set alight. Justice Peter Johnson said he was satisfied that Monis had planned the murder while Droudis carried it out. – Compiled from online sources by Jessica Staveley
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