Former Aussie Idol to represent Australia
Guy Sebastian has been chosen as Australia’s first Eurovision act but not everyone is happy, with people taking to social media and radio shows to voice their opposition. Rock act TISM, award-winning Gotye or quirky singer-songwriter Sia have been offered up as more suitable alternatives for the kitsch song contest. Australia was granted a wildcard entry for this year’s 60th anniversary of the event in Vienna and will also be able to vote for their favourite act for the first time. Sebastian said he was “stoked” to be chosen and was “pumped” for the event, which runs from May 20 to 24. The former Australian Idol winner is yet to decide on his song.
Baird proposes country’s first domestic violence register
The NSW Government wants to set up a domestic violence register that would record names of offenders with a history of violence. Premier Mike Baird said the register, which would be the first of its kind in Australia, would allow people with concerns about their partners to ask police to check with agencies if their names were on the list. Minister for Women Pru Goward said the pilot program would be for men and women. “Anyone with a history of domestic violence incidents will be included in the scheme,” she said, following an International Women’s Day event in Sydney.
Peak hour pedestrian accident in Sydney’s CBD
A 68-yearo-old man is in a critical condition after being hit by two vehicles in Sydney’s CBD this morning. Police were called just after 8am following a report of an accident involving two cars and a pedestrian on George Street near the Bathurst Street intersection. Police said the man was crossing George St when he was struck by a delivery van and thrown into a stationary Mercedes. The man was taken to hospital and the van driver was undergoing mandatory blood and alcohol testing. Traffic was delayed up to 30 minutes while emergency services worked in the area.