Police horse attacked as Reclaim Australia rally turns ugly

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A police horse has been attacked and several protesters arrested as the Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne turns violent.

The pro-democracy and the Reclaim Australia groups held rival protests on Sunday across the country including in front of Parliament House in Canberra.

Capsicum spray was used in Melbourne as four men were arrested for a variety of reasons, including attacking a police horse and possessing a weapon.

UPDATE: Names of two Australians killed in NZ helicopter crash

TWO South Australians have been named as those who lost their lives in the helicopter crash in New Zealand.

Leang Sovannmony, 27, and Josephine Gibson, 29, died when the aircraft went down at Fox Glacier on Saturday.

Queenstown pilot Mitchell Paul Gameren, 28, also perished alongside four British tourists: Andrew Virco, 50, Katharine Walker, 51, Nigel Edwin Charlton, 66, and Cynthia Charlton, 70.

An accident investigator has flown over the site as recovery teams try  to work out out how to retrieve the bodies.

EARLIER: RESCUE teams will try to reach the site of a helicopter crash in New Zealand today, as it’s confirmed two Australians perished in the tragedy.

The names of the victims, which also include the pilot and four British tourists, are yet to be released.

The seven were on board when the helicopter came down on Fox Glacier, a popular tourist spot on the South Island.

Poor weather is hampering efforts to reach the site, with reports the wreck is wedged in a crevasse.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has spoken to the families of the Australians who lost their lives in what she has called a “distressing time”.

Man rudely awoken when car slams into house

A MAN has had his Sunday sleep-in disrupted when a car smashed into the front wall and garage of a home.

He was sleeping in the garage when the white Ford Falcon lost control on Rous Road at Goonellabah, near Lismore, about 6.45am on Sunday.

He was not injured. Two people who were also in the house at the time were shaken but not hurt.

However, two women and one man from the car were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

A second man allegedly left the scene before police arrived but has since presented himself to the hospital where he’s being treated.

The house suffered significant structural damage to the front lounge room and garage.

Police are now appealing for anyone who saw the crash – or the vehicle leading up to the impact – to contact Crash Investigators.

Man charged after woman found dead in unit

A MAN has been charged following the suspicious death of a woman south of Sydney.

Emergency services were called to a Wollongong unit around 7.30pm on Saturday following reports a woman had died. Paramedics were unable to revive the 36-year-old.

A man, 34, was then arrested at the scene and later charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will face court today.

A crime scene has been established and is being examined by specialist forensic officers.

A post mortem examination will be conducted in coming days to determine cause of death.

A report will be prepared for the information of the NSW Coroner.

Controversial deputy mayor Salim Mehajer quits

Salim Mehajer, the controversial Auburn deputy mayor who drew widespread criticism after his lavish Sydney wedding in August has quit property roles to pursue his dream of becoming a mental health doctor. 

Mehajer had an extensive property portfolio which has been scrutinised after he made headlines. He has reportedly resigned as director at six of his seven property development companies. 
The Australian reports he told Auburn City Council he had “resigned from being a developer and director of multiple companies since mid-October”. Further to this, he declared his plans to study a Bachelor of Medicine majoring in “specialist mental health services”.

The news comes a month after he revealed his ambition to become prime minister.