Entries by Rebecca Dakin

Russia looks to sever economic ties with Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is looking to sever economic ties with Turkey, after Turkey shot down Russian fighter jet near the Syria border. Less than a year ago, the Russian and Turkish leaders Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan set aside their differences over foreign policy, signing a series of major trade and energy deals in […]

Primary school teacher charged with indecently assaulting 7 girls

A primary school teacher has been charged with numerous offences, after he allegedly assaulted a number of students in New South Wales. Earlier this month, police were made aware of allegations concerning the behaviour of a 57-year-old male teacher at a primary school in the Southern Highlands. Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad made inquiries into the […]

Government unveils shake-up of mental health system

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a shake-up of federal funding for mental health services in Australia. The government spent about $10 billion annually for mental health treatment which needed to be delivered more effectively, he told reporters in Parliament House on Thursday. “The impact of depression and other mental illnesses on our productivity, I […]

Third man charged with murder of GC father faces court

UPDATE: A third man has faced court on the Gold Coast this morning, charged with the murder of missing father Greg Dufty. Liam Bliss, 25, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday, where the matter was adjourned until January 28. Former Bandido bikie Lionel Patea, 24, who is accused of beating his girlfriend to death on […]

Two people stabbed in the back in Cairns

A teenager and a man have been both stabbed during a fight, allegedly with a woman, outside a unit complex in Cairns. Police say the fight broke out when the 19-year-old woman and the man approached a group of people who were making noise on their street in Manunda on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old woman was knocked to […]