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Evicted: Martin Place homeless camp forced out of Sydney's financial heart - NEWS.com.au

A homeless camp in the financial heart of Sydney’s CBD has been kicked out by authorities who described them as a “public nuisance”.

Homeless relocation in Martin Place on June 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Picture: Jason McCawley.

A HOMELESS camp in the financial heart of Sydney’s CBD has been kicked out by authorities who described them as a “public nuisance”.

Bedding, clothing and blankets were all that remained in the northeastern Martin Place camp after police and City of Sydney council workers this morning moved in to evict dozens of people who have been living there for months. But it wasn’t long until the items were also removed.

Tensions arose as a City of Sydney representative walked through the thoroughfare and handed out letters to the homeless that described the camp as a “public nuisance”.

“The accumulation of items in Martin Place, including a...


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Malaysian PM to vacation in Bali after Obama - Jakarta Post

After former United States president Barack Obama’s five-day vacation, the resort island of Bali will welcome Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose holiday is scheduled to start on June 26.

“According to the security plan we have received, there will be two [VVIP vacations in a week]: Obama and the Malaysian PM,” National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said on Friday.

Najib is scheduled to land in Bali on Monday afternoon and will reportedly stay in the luxurious St. Regis Resort in Nusa Dua, the same hotel where Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stayed for a week during his visit to Indonesia in March.

The police, however, have yet to obtain information about the prime minister’s activities in Bali.

Rikwanto said he believed Obama and Najib’s presence would “enliven the Island of the Gods, which is already crowded by domestic and international tourists,...


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Turnbull seeks to buoy Liberal Federal Council - The Australian

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the 59th Liberal Party Federal Council meeting in Sydney.

A buoyant Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a Liberal Party meeting that his government has achieved much over the past year, despite the challenges of a one-seat majority and a difficult crossbench in the Senate.

But the 59th Liberal Party Federal Council was warned that the party needed to change to stave off the “authentic outsider” image that others were using to attract voters away from traditional parties.

Mr Turnbull told the party faithful in Sydney on Saturday his government had achieved “some of the most substantial reforms in a generation”, including school funding, childcare and business tax changes.

“Despite the prediction that’s been made about deadlock in the Senate, we have negotiated the passage of 126 bills through the parliament in just 11 months since the...


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Forty-one Victorian lives would have been saved last year by this one safety measure - The Age

Forty-one people died on Victoria's roads last year because they were in a car that did not have electronic stability control.

The braking technology, which has been mandatory in new cars in Victoria for six years, has been compared to seatbelts and drink-driving laws for its role in saving lives.

Electronic stability control could have saved 41 lives in Victoria last year. Electronic stability control could have saved 41 lives in Victoria last year.  Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Victoria suffered a horror year on the roads in 2016, with 291 people killed, the highest number of lives lost in a decade.

New research has revealed a staggering 14 per cent of those deaths can be attributed to the absence of electronic stability control (ESC).

The average age of a car in Victoria is 10 years, with most cars built well before 2011 when the safety feature became mandatory. 

Last year just 31 per cent of registered cars in Victoria had the technology, according to the...


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Woman trapped under Melbourne house rescued after neighbour calls for help - ABC Online

A woman in her 40s is lucky to be alive, firefighters say, after being trapped underneath a house for several days in Melbourne's north-west.

A neighbour heard noises coming from the property on Miller Street in Essendon on Saturday afternoon and called for help.

Firefighters said it was a "strange situation" and they launched an "intricate rescue plan", cutting through the kitchen floorboards, joists and bearers to make a trap door to get the woman out.

There were concerns the work could make the house unstable.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Commander Roger Chitty said the woman appeared to have been trapped under the floorboards for several days.

"She was very fortunate," he said.

"Apart from the dehydration I'm sure she would have been suffering from the cold and we're lucky that we found her when we did."

Commander Chitty said they had...


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Hunt, Tudge and Sukkar should be sacked after court apology: Tony Burke - The Australian

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke has said three Turnbull government ministers should be sacked over criticisms they made of Victoria’s judiciary in the midst of a court case.

On Friday Health Minister Greg Hunt, Human Services Minister Alan Tudge and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar escaped contempt charges after making a full apology to Victoria’s Court of Appeal.

The ministers had criticised the state’s judges amid a number of sentencing appeals, including for Anzac Day terror plotter Sevdet Ramadan Besim.

Chief Justice Warren said the ministers had been the instigators of the contentious statements, but had “purged their contempt” after apologising.

“The solicitor-general has appeared before the court ... and made a full and unqualified apology for the statements on behalf of the ministers and retracted the statements in their entirety,” she said. “Nonetheless, the court notes...


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Queensland roads: Five die in 14 hours after multiple crashes statewide - Courier Mail

A FEMALE motorcyclist has died after a crash on the Bruce Highway Saturday afternoon. It is the fifth death after multiple crashes throughout the day on Queensland roads.

The latest death came after a car and motorbike collided north of Killymoon Bridge at Alligator Creek on the Bruce Highway, near Townsville, about 4pm.

The 35-year-old female rider of the motorbike was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the car were not physically injured.

The highway has reopened after being closed for a number of hours.

In a separate crash, a man died after a truck rolled on a bridge on the Gregory Highway near Gindie Saturday morning.

Police said preliminary information indicates the truck rolled at Kammel Creek, just south of Gindie at about 11.20am.

The driver of the truck died at the scene.

The highway was closed to all traffic and motorists were asked to avoid the...


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Turnbull seeks to buoy Liberal Federal Council - The Australian

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the 59th Liberal Party Federal Council meeting in Sydney.

A buoyant Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a Liberal Party meeting that his government has achieved much over the past year, despite the challenges of a one-seat majority and a difficult crossbench in the Senate.

But the 59th Liberal Party Federal Council was warned that the party needed to change to stave off the “authentic outsider” image that others were using to attract voters away from traditional parties.

Mr Turnbull told the party faithful in Sydney on Saturday his government had achieved “some of the most substantial reforms in a generation”, including school funding, childcare and business tax changes.

“Despite the prediction that’s been made about deadlock in the Senate, we have negotiated the passage of 126 bills through the parliament in just 11 months since the...


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Bali police say a crime syndicate could be behind brazen Bali breakout - NEWS.com.au

Australian man Shaun Davidson is among four foreign inmates who staged a daring escape from Bali's Kerobokan prison, while two were captured in East Timor by authorities.

Australian fugitive Shaun Edward Davidson claims to be “living the dream” in Europe. Picture: Facebook.

AUSTRALIAN Shaun Davidson’s escape from Bali’s Kerobokan prison was so brazen and well-organised a professional crime syndicate may have been involved, local police have said.

The claim comes as two of the four Bali jail birds, who dug there way out of the notorious prison through thick mud, have arrived back in Indonesia after their escape was thwarted in East Timor’s capital of Dili.

Bali’s police chief, Inspector General Petrus Golose, said an investigation was continuing into who helped the group escape and how they managed to get to another country.

“We want to know whether there’s (a...


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Bikie shooting Tweed: 'Revenge killing' linked to State of Origin brawl - Courier Mail

AN outlaw bikie has been shot dead in what is believed to be a revenge attack over a wild State of Origin night gang brawl on the Tweed.

The victim, believed to be a Lone Wolf gang member, was dumped in the carpark outside Tweed Heads Hospital about 4.30pm yesterday with a gunshot wound to the stomach and died soon after.

Witnesses told The Sunday Mail the man’s girlfriend arrived screaming that her boyfriend had been shot. The shooting has sparked fears of a new wave of bikie violence on the Gold Coast and has alarmed Queensland police and community leaders.

It followed last week’s wild brawl between Lone Wolf and Bandidos bikies outside Seagulls Leagues Club at Tweed Heads on State of Origin night on Wednesday.

More than a dozen rival gang members clashed outside the club in a violent confrontation eight minutes after the kick-off of the match between Queensland and NSW,...


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CBD homeless camp brought to an end - The Australian

Troy Drysdale says the homeless camp had been ‘family’ to him.

Wrapped in a sleeping bag and surrounded by piles of possessions, Troy Drysdale talked about finding “family” at a Sydney homeless camp near state parliament on Macquarie Street.

He was asked where he will go now that the community has been moved for a development. “Who knows,” the 18-year-old told AAP. “See what happens.”

Police and City of Sydney workers moved into the camp on Saturday morning, leaving beds, cots and clothes on the Macquarie Street end of the thoroughfare.

A note, written in chalk in the near-empty camp said: “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

Men and women wearing high visibility clothing swept rubbish into bags. “I just woke up [and] I was just getting kicked out of my tent,” Mr Drysdale, who said he has previously had a bad experience with government housing, said.

“We’re all...


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Obama begins nostalgic vacation in Indonesia with his family - Stars and Stripes

Obama begins nostalgic vacation in Indonesia with his family

BALI, Indonesia — Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday on the resort island of Bali to begin a vacation in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child, officials said.

Obama, his wife and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived on a private jet at the military airport in the provincial capital, Denpasar, base commander Col. Wayan Superman said.

They then drove to a resort in Ubud, an arts and culture center amid hills and rice paddies where they will spend most of their vacation on Bali.

He said they were accompanied by Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and would also visit Yogyakarta, an ancient city on the main island of Java where his mother, Ann Dunham, did anthropological research.

Obama moved to Indonesia in...


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Aust won't advocate Bali bomber death penalty - Sky News Australia

Australia will do whatever it can to help bring Hambali to justice but will not advocate the death penalty, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in welcoming the US decision to prosecute the accused architect of the 2002 Bali bombing.

A US war court has now charged Riduan 'Hambali' Isomuddi over Bali and the attack on the J W Marriott Hotel in Jakarta in 2003. Three Australians were among 12 people killed in that car bombing.

'Australia will provide whatever assistance we can. We must never forget that 88 Australians, mostly tourists in Bali, were murdered when Islamist terrorists took their lives in a brutal terrorist attack,' Ms Bishop told reporters on Saturday.

She hoped a successful prosecution could bring closure to the families of victims of Bali, which remains the largest loss of Australian lives in a terror attack.

'It has been a...


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China landslide: At least 15 dead and more than 100 feared buried - ABC Online

The landslide also blocked a two kilometre section of a river (Photo: AP/Xinhua)

Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in south-western China have found 15 bodies, but about 100 more people remain missing.

Xinhua, the official news agency, reported that about 1,000 rescuers were using detection devices and dogs to look for signs of life in an area that once held 62 homes and a hotel.

"We won't give up as long as there is a slim chance," the agency quoted an unidentified searcher as saying.

Three members of one family were located five hours after the landslide. Qiao Dashuai, 26, said he and his wife awoke to cries from their 1-month-old son about 5:30am.

Nurses attend to a patient in a chinese hospital bed

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Grenfell Tower: Cladding on dozens of UK apartment blocks fails fire safety tests after London inferno - ABC Online

Landscape fire of ripping through Grenfell Tower

Thirty-four high-rise apartment blocks have failed fire cladding safety tests carried out in the wake of a deadly inferno at a west London tower, the British Government says.

The Department for Communities said 34 apartment blocks had failed tests in 17 parts of the country, from London in the south-east to Manchester in the north and Plymouth on the south-west coast.

The testing is being done as officials around Britain scramble to assess the safety of apartment buildings following the June 14 inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London, killing an estimated 79 people.

Combustible cladding used to insulate the tower and improve its appearance has been blamed for the rapid spread of the blaze.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was forced to apologise for the government's initial...


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After six months, Clover Moore's council breaks up Martin Place homeless camp - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Martin Place encampment that has become a symbol of the city's homelessness problem was all but swept from the streets on Saturday by Clover Moore's City of Sydney council, in part to make way for a property development.

Underneath banners advertising a charity CEO Sleepout ("Homelessness Doesn't Have a Postcode," the banners declare) staff employed by the council moved quickly on Saturday morning to remove rows of bedding and furnishings that had built up at the north-eastern end of Martin Place.

Nigel Blakemore, who had been living in Martin Place, cleans up belongings after the City of Sydney removed the homeless ... Nigel Blakemore, who had been living in Martin Place, cleans up belongings after the City of Sydney removed the homeless camp. Photo: Anna Kucera

The removal of the camp came amid a tense morning of negotiations between the Council's director of city operations, David Riordan, and the organisers of what had become, over the past six months, a community of Sydney's homeless.

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Kerobokan fugitive Shaun Davidson 'checks in' at Amsterdam nightclub - 9news.com.au

The Australian man who busted out of Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison this week has "checked in" in Amsterdam, according to his Facebook profile.

Shaun Davidson has made a series of updates to his Facebook page, including one which purportedly located him at a specific nightclub.

The Perth man wrote he was "Living the dream" on an account made under the pseudonym Matthew Ragone Ridler.

His photo posted from the Club Air nightclub showed a group of revellers but Davidson was not pictured among them.

Dutch police have now said they are investigating whether Davidson is actually in the Netherlands.

"If we only have slight information about fugitives we are always willing and able to trace somebody down," a Dutch police spokesperson told news.com.au

"We do that with a lot of British fugitives."

A screenshot from Shaun Davidson's Facebook page.

A screenshot from Shaun Davidson's Facebook page.

A screenshot from Shaun Davidson's Facebook page.

Shaun Davidson in a Facebook profile photo.

Shaun Davidson in a Facebook profile photo.

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'She has breached our faith': Greens tensions boil over in spectacular attack on Lee Rhiannon - The Sydney Morning Herald

Federal Greens MPs have launched an extraordinary attack on their colleague Lee Rhiannon, accusing the senator of betraying them by attempting to derail the party's school funding negotiations with the Turnbull government.

Fairfax Media can reveal all nine of Senator Rhiannon's federal colleagues – including leader Richard Di Natale – have co-signed a letter of complaint against her that has been sent to the powerful Greens national council.

Greens senator Lee Rhiannon is under attack from her federal Greens colleagues. Greens senator Lee Rhiannon is under attack from her federal Greens colleagues. 

A senior Greens source described the intervention as "seismic" and said it could make the NSW hardliner's position in Parliament untenable.

Another source said: "This is unprecedented. Lee has breached the faith of the party and the party room."

Federal MPs believe Senator Rhiannon white-anted them at a crucial point in the party's history and should be sanctioned,...


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China landslide possibly buries 141 people - The Australian

China landslide possibly buries 141 people

More than 100 people are feared buried by a landslide that unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday, a county government said.

The landslide from a mountain engulfed a cluster of more than 40 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo, the government of Mao County in Sichuan province said. Provincial officials said at noon that 141 people were missing and 1.6 kilometres of road had been buried.

Rescuers pulled out three people, two of whom had survived, the official Sichuan Daily newspaper said on its microblog. The paper also said a family of three, including a month-old baby, managed to escape just as the landslide had started to hit their house.

The landslide blocked a two-kilometre-section of a river.

Wang Yongbo, a local rescue official, told state broadcaster...


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Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears - BBC News

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More than 700 flats in tower blocks on an estate in the Swiss Cottage area of north-west London have been evacuated because of fire safety concerns.

Camden Council said people in four towers on the Chalcots estate were moved for "urgent fire safety works".

The council added it was booking hotels but around 100 residents have spent the night on air beds in a leisure centre.

The estate's cladding is similar to Grenfell Tower in west London, where a fire is feared to have killed 79.

Chalcots was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by the same firm, Rydon, that oversaw work at Grenfell Tower in 2015-16.

Camden Council said it will remove external thermal cladding from five tower blocks on the Chalcots estate.

It also said there were concerns about the insulation...


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