The Labor Party has claimed it will reduce the Australian suicide rate by half without the allocation of new funds.
In a statement this morning, Labor said if successful in the next election, it would aim to spread the responsibility of suicide prevention to businesses, unions, and first responders. Opposition mental health spokesperson Jan McLucas said: “Suicide is not the province of mental health alone. We have to engage the whole community.” The scheme will involve mandatory suicide awareness training for officers and teachers. Twelve local communities are set to take part in the trial.
Claim teens can be radicalised in three days
Deputy Premier Tony Grant has claimed that it only takes teens three days to become radicalised. In an interview yesterday, he urged Muslim leaders to speak out against terrorism, and offered his support in broaching the subject with the wider Muslim community. “The intelligence is telling us that the length of time can be as short as three days. [It] depends on the individual… how long it takes them to convert or be radicalised.” His comments follow the death of police officer Curtis Cheng, who was killed by 15-year-old Farhad Jabar last Friday. Mr Grant had worked with Mr Cheng during his time on the force, and recently described the Cheng family as “the most decent, kindest, good-souled people I’ve ever met”.
Salim Mehajer facing court next month
Controversial Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer will face court next month after being charged with intimidating the father of a Sydney Siege survivor. The 29-year-old was alleged to have threatened to kidnap the children of Bruce Herat, including siege survivor Joel. NSW Police released a statement yesterday saying Mr Mehajer would appear in Burwood Local Court on November 19 on charges of intimidation. If he is found guilty he could receive a $5500 fine and spend up to two years in prison. The deputy mayor caused controversy in August when his extravagant wedding took over the streets of Auburn featuring sports cars, motorbikes, four helicopters and a jet. Since then he has been scrutinised by the media for his threats to Mr Herat and his claims of wanting to become Prime Minister of Australia.
Ex-premier’s daughter to face trial over murder
Harriet Wran, the daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran, will stand trail for the stabbing murder of a suspected drug dealer. Ms Wran, 27, appeared via videolink in Sydney’s Central Local Court yesterday, where she waived her right to a committal hearing. Her case will go straight to trial in the NSW Supreme Court next month. She is charged with the murder of suspected drug dealer Daniel John McNulty at Redfern in August last year. Other charges include wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and robbery in company. Co-accused Lloyd Edward Haines, 29, and Michael Lee, 35, are also facing charges of murder, robbery in company and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder. They will stand trial at the same time as Ms Wran. Neville Wran was premier of NSW from 1976 to 1986. He died in April last year, aged 87.
Bella to represent Australia in Junior Eurovision
Thirteen-year-old singer Bella Paige will represent Australia in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Bella, who was runner-up on last year’s The Voice Kids Australia, will perform the pop anthem My Girls, co-written by Delta Goodrem. Goodrem said: “I’m so proud to be able to share this special song with Bella for Junior Eurovision. Bella has a phenomenal voice and so much confidence on the stage, and I know she is going to absolutely wow Europe with her performance. I’ll be cheering her on with the rest of Australia come November.” Bella was selected by SBS and Blink TV as the young artist to showcase Australia’s emerging musical talents at the contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 28 November from 7.30pm. – Compiled from web news sources by The Newsroom team
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