A 34-year-old Pakistani refugee has drowned at a waterfall on Manus Island.
The man, known as Kamil, is believed to have slipped and hit his head at the waterfall near the town of Lorengau. Friends of Kamil said his death was misadventure, not suicide. He was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon and his body was found two hours later following a search by locals and police. In recent weeks Kamil had allegedly made frequent trips to the waterfall to go swimming, following greater freedom of movement being granted by the Australian offshore detention centre. Kamil is believed to have a wife and daughter in Pakistan.
Hospital engineer stood down over baby gassing
The engineer that installed the system that delivered nitrous-oxide to two newborns at a Sydney Hospital has been stood down and the company he works for has had its contracts suspended by the NSW Government. A baby boy died and a baby girl suffered serious brain damage as a result of the incorrect installation of gas at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital. The NSW Government’s chief health officer found that 36 babies were born in the theatre where the gas outlets were affected, however only two were treated in the resuscitation unit where the gas was installed. NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner delivered the interim findings of the investigation into the fatal error and said the families would be supported and compensated. She also expressed her profound sorrow and sympathy over the injury and death. The full report will be handed down on August 25.
Royal Commission won’t fix Indigenous issues: Pearson
The Royal Commission into the NT’s youth detention system will not fix problems facing the Aboriginal community, according to Indigenous leader Noel Pearson. Mr Pearson told the ABC’s Lateline that people should instead focus their energies on the drivers of Aboriginal incarceration. He cited the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody 25 years ago, which drew attention to the issue but did not solve the problem. The Federal Government announced the new Royal Commission last week after Four Corners aired shocking images of young detainees being mistreated in Darwin’s Don Dale detention centre. Mr Pearson said people couldn’t allow their “outrage to be selective”, saying: “I’m interested in the question of how do we stop these children from entering that system? How do we make sure that the children are protected at the earliest of stages from ever leading that kind of life?”
New Australian record for new mum
A 63-year-old Tasmanian woman has become Australia’s oldest first-time mum after using an embryo sourced from an overseas donor. The woman, who underwent a number of failed IVF attempts with her 78-year-old partner, gave birth to a baby girl by caesarian section at Frances Perry Private House in Melbourne yesterday. The birth has drawn criticism, including from Monash University Professor Gab Kovacs, who said the IVF clinic that assisted the mother with the conception was “irresponsible.” “Our bodies weren’t designed to have children in our 60s. I don’t think any responsible IVF unit in Australia would treat someone of that age, and it’s not a standard of medicine I would condone,” he said. In Australia 53 is the cut-off age for IVF treatment. – Madeleine Wilson.
Photo of waterfall from Susan Smith’s flickr account.