Shot woman had a form of autism
The family of the 22-year-old woman shot by police have spoken of their grief after police were forced to take action when Courtney Topic lunged at officers with a knife. Ms Topic, who reportedly has Aspergers, was fatally wounded after officers made several attempts to negotiate with the young woman. Officers were seen retreating, as a witness said of one officer: “It looked like he was unwilling to do anything”.
Abbott lays down the law to Liberal MPs
Following Monday’s spill motion, Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed his staff warning that they will be sacked immediately if they are caught backgrounding against Coalition MPs. Backbenchers had criticised the Prime Minister’s leadership and failure to meet budget promises. Mr Abbott addressed key concerns by promising to dump the paid parental leave scheme (PPL) and promising a more family-focused budget in May.
Police lay drug charges in response to Georgina Bartter’s death
A school friend of Georgina Bartter has been charged with supplying ecstasy tablets that lead to her death. Ms Bartter died after suffering a fatal reaction to the drug, which was allegedly given to her by friend Rebecca Hannibal at the Harbourlife music festival last year. Police have also laid charges on Matthew Forti for knowingly taking part in supplying a prohibited drug after they raided a home in Willoughby. It is alleged by police that Mr Forti supplied the pills to Cammeray resident, Ms Hannibal.
Community divided on Islamic community centre
Local residents of Penrith have protested in response to the approval to develop a Islamic Community Centre in Kemps Creek. More than 300 protesters were divided as the area’s identity was called into question by locals. The Protect Penrith group will hold a meeting on February 22nd in St Marys to further their protest. Councillor Marcus Cornish, a member of the group, said: “Penrith is probably a gate keeping exercise for the whole of Australia. It’s a test of whether we are going to keep our way of life or not”.
Greens recruit intern Freya Newman
Freya Newman has been offered an internship by the Federal Greens Party. Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “Freya is an outstanding student and we are really looking forward to having her on board”. Ms Newman was charged last year after revealing details on a scholarship that was eventually awarded to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances Abbott at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.
Ditch the witch sign for sale
The infamous “Ditch the Witch” sign, which made its appearance at the No Carbon Tax rally in 2011, has been put up for sale alongside other signs from the rally. The owner, Peter, from Lugarno in southern Sydney, has lured potential buyers with the “certificate of authenticity”, which will come in a frame lined with an Australian flag. The placard is for sale on both Gumtree and Trading Post, where it is selling for $3000 and $499 respectively. – Compiled from web and agency sources by Marc Summers with additional reporting from Bonnie Baker
Top image taken by Benjamin Potter.