Long serving chairman of Sydney Airport retires
In May, Max Moore-Wilton will step down as the operator of the country’s largest airport, which had announced a six per cent rise in full-year pretax earnings. The 72-year-old also announced in the same week he would be stepping down as chairman of Southern Cross Austereo. The $948 million raised over the full year for the airport pretax earnings met stakeholder expectations, while revenue climbed 4.3 per cent to $1.164 million. Last year the airport reported a 1.2 per cent rise in domestic traffic and a 2.8 per cent rise in international traffic. A large amount of Sydney Airport’s earnings come from international traffic.
Sydney gymnastics teacher charged with assault
A 43-year-old gymnastics instructor was charged for filming himself giving a sports massage to a 13-year-old boy. The police said during the massage the instructor indecently assaulted the boy. The child is allegedly the man’s second victim, after his first arrest for indecent assault in December last year. He was taken into police custody and was due to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.
Medicinal cannabis campaigner dies of cancer
Dan Haslam, 25, died on Tuesday afternoon after five years of fighting terminal bowl cancer. The Tamworth resident was instrumental in changing Premier Mike Baird’s position on medicinal use of the drug. Mr Haslam was feeling severely exhausted by the chemotherapy treatments he undertook in Europe, when a fellow cancer patient suggested he try using cannabis to ease the pain. Mr Haslam and his mother began researching medicinal cannabis after he was diagnosed at the age of 20. His father saw a rapid change in his son, and started campaigning to legalise the medicinal use of the drug. A public memorial will be held next week.
Australian man killed in Syria
A 43-year-old Australian man is believed to have been killed in northern Syria. It is suspected he was a former soldier and president of the Northern Territory Labor Party. Mathew Gardiner last flew to the conflict zone in January to join Kurdish forces, despite Australian laws stating it is illegal to get involved with either side of the conflict in Syria. Over 90 Australians are suspected to be in Syria fighting for the Islamic State, but the number on the Kurdish side is unknown.
Man accused of marrying a teenage girl appears in court
A Sydney man has been arrested over accusations he married a teenage girl in an illegal ceremony last year. The 19-year-old allegedly married his 15-year-old “wife” in Lurnea in November last year, then moved with her to a granny flat at his parents’ Yagoona home. According to police, the man threatened the girl’s family when they discovered the marriage. “What’s done is done. She’s my wife,” the accused allegedly told the girl’s mother. “If you want to start a war, I’ll finish it.” The Child Abuse Squad became aware of the girl’s situation when she went to Bankstown Hospital last month believing she had suffered a miscarriage. Police told Bankstown Local Court yesterday she had not been attending school or working while married to the accused. The man has been granted strict bail and was ordered not to go near his wife, drink alcohol, or take drugs. He was also placed under an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order. – Compiled from internet sources by Memu Conteh and Jake Nelson
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