Breaking news | February 17

Manus Island detention centre. Photo: DIAC



Terror attack in Egypt

A bomb on a tourist bus in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has killed more than five Korean passengers, the Egyptian driver and injured more than 30, military sources reported yesterday. Most of those on the bus were part of a tour group.

The bus was travelling from St Catherine’s monastery, in South Sinai, to nearby Israel when it was attacked.

The attack is part of an escalation of aggression after the Egyptian army, led by Abdel Fatah al Sisi, overthrew Mohamed Morsi in July. The blast coincided with Morsi’s appearance in court on Sunday. He is accused of conspiring with foreign militant groups to commit acts of terrorism.

Fire breaks out on Manus Island

Fire has broken out on Manus Island after refugee detainees set belongings and accommodation alight, sources within the Department of Immigration reported.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison denied that the cause may be related to refugees being told they will not be resettled to PNG. Family members of some refugees reported that if they wanted to be relocated elsewhere they would have to organise it on their own.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said on Sunday that reports indicated that the riot squad was called in before a perimeter fence was breached.
Belle Brockhoff receives hate tweets

Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has been receiving hate tweets after declaring publicly that she is gay. The snowboarder said she has been called “an aggressive (something) dyke,” and that one tweeter said: “I’m right behind Putin, you should break a leg.”

The 21-year-old from East Melbourne has also been receiving online hate mail after protesting against Putin’s anti-gay propaganda legislation.

She plans on making a more firm comment on the Sochi Olympics and Putin after the games finish. “I want to enjoy the Olympic experience, but after that I will definitely be voicing my opinion,” she said.

Brockhoff finished 8th overall. She was eliminated in the quarter finals, taken out by Canadian Dominique Maltais after the Canuck aggressively sent her wide and out of contention.

Magistrates Court grants Batty’s mother privacy

A Magistrate’s Court has prevented the media accessing details in the Luke Batty murder case.

An Interim Intervention Order, filed in 2013, preventing Greg Anderson from seeing his son Luke, 11 had been ignored after a glitch in the Victorian Police IT system. Rosemary Batty, Luke’s mother, did not want the details of the order revealed, to ward off the “danger of causing unwarranted blame and anger in the community.”

Greg Anderson, who suffered from schizophrenia, was shot dead by police after killing his son Luke with a cricket bat last week.
Ex-Railcorp Manager steals 1.6 million

A senior Railcorp staffer who stole $1.6 million from a total of 55 people used it to pay off his daughter’s gambling debts.

Joseph Camilleri raised $10,000 from former Railcorp CEO Robert Mason, and $428,000 from a former UGL employee, amongst others, the ICAC was told on Monday morning. Camilleri was formerly general manager of Maintenance Contracts and dealt with public tenders worth a billion dollars.

The money was stolen in 2012 and 2013, after Camilleri was told by his daughter Jessica of charges involving ASIO and stolen identity. Her official documents had been falsified, ICAC said.


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