A man has been arrested after he was caught carrying a Thompson sub-machine gun in Marrickville yesterday.
The man was known to police, however officials would not reveal how they were aware of the weapon. “Officers were waiting in Murray Street, Marrickville, when a 41-year-old man arrived by taxi about 12.30pm. The man was arrested without incident. He was carrying a bag, which police searched and allegedly located a Thompson-brand fully automatic sub-machine gun, a clip and 15 shotgun shells,” a NSW Police statement said. Newtown crime manager Detective Sergeant Damien Goodfellow did not believe the incident was related to terror. The arrested man has been charged with numerous fire-arm offences, and was refused bail in court today.
MP has house raided by federal police
Mal Brough, Special Minister of State has confirmed that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided his house on the Sunshine Coast regarding investigations into the leaking of former speaker Peter Slipper’s diary. “I can confirm reports that the AFP visited me on Tuesday,” Mr Brough said. It has been alleged Mr Slipper’s former staffer, James Ashby, illegally copied his diary in 2012 and leaked extracts to the media and to Mr Brough in 2014. Mr Brough said he handed relevant documents over to the AFP and was “happy” to assist in any further investigations.
Weather conditions ease in Esperance
Weather conditions have eased in Esperance, Western Australia where fires, which have killed four people and destroyed live stock and property, have been burning out of control. Three backpackers and a local farmer have been confirmed dead and millions of dollars worth of crops have been destroyed with more than 150 livestock also killed. Department of Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Wayne Gregson told WA Today that although the weather conditions will be favourable over the next few days, there is still a risk to peoples lives and homes.
Shot fired at police
Melbourne police are searching for thieves of a stolen vehicle who fired a single shot at a police car in pursuit on Thursday morning. Police attempted to pull over a stolen blue and silver ute at 3.30am this morning. After a brief pursuit the police realised the car had performed a U-turn and as it sped past, fired a shot, which hit the front panel of the police car. SES was on the scene to conduct a line search and ballistics specialist examined the police car.
Labor vows to slash number of indigenous prisoners
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has highlighted the discrepancy between indigenous and non-indigenous imprisonment, pledging to commit more resources to closing the gap under a Labor government. “The reimprisonment rate for Aboriginal young people is higher than the school retention rate. The numbers are heartbreaking – and getting worse,” Mr Shorten said on Wednesday. He claimed improving the education of young indigenous women was crucial, with incarceration rates for Aboriginal women having increased by 74 per cent in the last 15 years. Mr Shorten pledged $8.4 million towards creating 7155 places in a program aimed at empowering Indigenous women. The Indigenous Affairs Minister Peter Scullion has criticised the Coalition government in the past for rejecting justice targets. – Compiled from online news stories by Dan Walker and Sergio Magliarachi.
Top photo of a Thompson sub-machine gun from Matthew Hutchinson’s Flickr photostream.