Jacqui Lambie demoted in PUP party
Clive Palmer announced Jacqui Lambie has been demoted by the Palmer United Party, removing her as the deputy Senate leader and deputy whip for failing to attend three party meetings this week. “We’ve also suspended her from attending any party-room meeting meetings until such time as she gives an undertaking not to attack individual party members and to attend party meetings and to abide by majority decision and normal party procedure,” Mr Palmer said. Senator Lambie said she has no desire to leave the party. “I just want to do something that is positive for Tasmania,” she said. “If that means I need to go it alone to do that – well, that’s what needs to be done.”
Sydney tourist dies in Cambodian club
Tom Ricketson, a 32-year-old Sydney man, died after a fire broke out in a Cambodian nightclub. Mr Ricketson, who arrived in Cambodia last month, died of smoke inhalation alongside three Cambodian women and a Cambodian man. Two Cambodian women were also injured. The blaze broke out after an electrical fault at the Hip Hop Club in Siem Reap city at around 2am on Tuesday. Mr Ricketson’s uncle, filmmaker James Ricketson, said he was devasted by his nephew’s death. “He worked with intellectually handicapped and physically handicapped children in Sydney. He was a kindhearted, warm man and is very good at his job. He was having some adventures, he came across and met me in Phnom Penh and we spent 10 days before he went to Siem Reap.”
Sydney women dies in 25-metre cliff fall
The body of a woman who fell 25 metres to her death has been removed from the bottom of a cliff in Sydney’s south-west overnight. Police say the woman, 38, had wandered off in the dark before falling at a popular swimming hole, Mermaid Pools. The woman and her partner were planning to camp the night in Tahmoor. The woman’s partner, 36, called emergency services at about 8:30pm on Tuesday.
Indigenous child mortality down, self-harming and suicide worse
The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report, released on Wednesday, shows improvement in child mortality rates among indigenous children while self-harming, suicide and detention rates are worsening. The report, which examines the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, showed a decrease in child mortality rates from 1998 to 2012 from 217 to 146 deaths per 100,000. The mortality rates for infants have declined by more than 50 per cent over the same time.
Great white shark at Bondi Beach
A great white shark estimated to be 2.5 metres long has been pulled from the nets at Bondi Beach this morning. A Department of Primary Industries spokesperson said the dead shark was found during a routine patrol of the nets. – Mitchell Peters
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