North-West weatherA trough in Bass Strait will weaken today as a high moves over the south of Tasmania during the day, then moves over the Tasman Sea by evening. A north to northeasterly stream develops on Wednesday as a front approaches from the west, which will cross Tasmania during the day on Thursday. A ridge will follow behind the front and extend across southern Tasmania on Friday as a trough lingers through Bass Strait.
North-West news►Huon Aquaculture has filed legal proceedings against the state government and the Tasmanian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in both the Tasmanian Supreme Court and the Federal Court. The fish farming company claimed the government and the EPA had failed to effectively regulate salmon farming activity in Macquarie Harbour. Read more.
►Police say abody, believed to be an allegedly murdered Mowbrayman, wasretrieved from the deepest part of Lake Eugenana where it was thought to have been for weeks. The popular swimming hole is better known among North-West Coastersas the old Melrose quarry. Read more.
►The Waratah-Wynyard Council has approved a permit for a multi-million-dollar resort and caravan park at Boat Harbour. Residents packed the council chambers on Monday night, whenthe fate of the development was decided at a special council meeting. Read more.
State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebookfirstname.lastname@example.org
►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.
►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.
Cardinal George Pell.
►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.
Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on
NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib
► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.
Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.
Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.
► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.
The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”
►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.
A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA
►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.
The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.
So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on
Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE
National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.
The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.
Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying
► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.
Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.
►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.
Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty
►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.
Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.
Photo: Jason South
National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?
The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.
US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News
►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan
On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.
UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on
Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.
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