Man charged over alleged bomb threat on international flight

A New South Wales man has been charged with allegedly making a hoax bomb threat towards an international flight.

The Newcastle man is accused of calling Mumbai International Airport on 26 March, 2019 to report that a bomb was on a flight travelling from Mumbai to Singapore.

Singapore’s Air Force was deployed following the threat while there was significant delays to flights in Singapore.

Following investigations by Singapore authorities and Australian Federal Police, a 39-year-old man was identified as making the call.

He was arrested at Sydney International Airport and charged with using a carriage service for hoax threat.

The man is due to front Downing Centre Local Court today.

AFP Airport Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Mullins said any threat to an airline is taken extremely seriously.

“A hoax threat is a serious matter that causes significant repercussions for the airline, airport, responding agencies and members of the public,” said Superintendent Mullins.

“The AFP works closely to ensure the safety of the travelling public at airports is maintained at all times.”

Man charged over $34 million cocaine bust

A man has been charged with allegedly importing 68kgs of cocaine into Australia from South Africa.

The drugs were discovered inside a consignment that had arrived in Sydney earlier this month.

Australian Border Force officers deconstructed the consignment where the drugs were later located.

It’s estimated the cocaine has a street value of $34 million.

Detectives from the New South Wales Police Organised Crime Squad and ABF investigators, with assistance from the Australian Federal Police, established Strike Force Warranbool to investigate the import.

A 45-year-old South African National was arrested on Tuesday and charged over the drug haul.

He was refused bail to appear in Campbelltown Local Court today.

Police also executed three search warrants in Campbelltown seizing a number of items.

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PM hasn’t ruled out Palmer preference deal

Voters will find out next week how the Liberal Party chooses to preference Clive Palmer, after a new poll suggesting he could be kingmaker in key marginal contests.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has not ruled out a preference deal with Mr Palmer, saying it’s ultimately a decision for the party organisation.

“We’ll have the discussions as we do with many parties, we’ll come to a view,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday.

“But ultimately, at the end of the day Australians will decide who the next prime minister will be.”

How-to-vote cards will need to be finalised in time for early voting which starts on April 29.

A Newspoll released on Tuesday shows Mr Palmer’s United Australia Party holds between five and 14 per cent of the primary vote in the marginal seats of Herbert (Queensland), Deakin (Victoria), Lindsay (NSW) and Pearce (WA).

“I think what this shows is this election will be close and everybody’s vote will matter,” Mr Morrison told Sky News.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he won’t get distracted by Mr Palmer’s possible political comeback.

“There is only one person who has been resurrected and I won’t compare Clive Palmer to him,” he told reporters in Gladstone in Queensland.

In April 2017, Mr Palmer compared Mr Morrison to Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to the Gestapo over talk of an ASIC probe into his company.

But Mr Morrison dismissed the insult, saying he was looking to the future at the next election.

One Nation will be put below Labor on Liberal how-to-vote cards, after an undercover Al Jazeera story rocked the minor party.

“The Queensland LNP actually held an executive meeting to endorse that position,” Mr Morrison said.

Opposition frontbencher Anthony Albanese warned against voting for “fringe” minor parties because MPs often shifted allegiances after being elected.

He said Mr Palmer’s previous stint in parliament was a debacle and his attitude towards his workers was “quite outrageous”.

Mr Palmer has been heavily criticised for not paying employee entitlements after the collapse of his Queensland nickel refinery in 2016.

Mr Albanese said discussions about preference deals with Mr Palmer were above his pay grade.

The poll conducted for The Australian gives UAP more support than Pauline Hanson’s One Nation in the four marginal seats.

“Clive Palmer’s put out $31 million in advertising – of course that’s going to cut through,” she told Nine’s Today.

“Clive Palmer is in it for Clive Palmer, not for the Australian people. I hope people see through that.”

On a two-party preferred basis, the major parties are neck and neck in Herbert and Pearce, while Labor has a 51-49 lead in Lindsay and the Liberals a 51-49 advantage in Deakin, according to the Newspoll.

The survey of 2191 voters in the four electorates was conducted on Sunday and has a margin of error between 3.9 and 4.3 percentage points.

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Queensland Police name first female Commissioner

Katarina Carroll has today been officially named as Queensland’s next Police Commissioner.

She’ll replace Commissioner Ian Stewart, when he resigns from the roll in July, ending 45 years of service.

Katarina Carroll will be the first female Police Commissioner for the state, and the 20th Police Commissioner in Queensland.

Commissioner Carroll says she’s extremely proud.

“It sends a very strong message that young girls and women can do anything in this state,” Commissioner Carroll said.

Katarina Carroll has come from the commissioner role at the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, which she held for over four years.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in Brisbane this afternoon, saying Commissioner Carroll was the most outstanding candidate for the role.

“Her CV is outstanding.

“She has come through the ranks, she has worked long and hard during G20, she has stood by Queensland during cyclone Marsha, cyclone Debbie, you name the countless cyclones and catastrophic bushfires that we had to deal with.

“She is a woman of outstanding integrity, of outstanding strength.

“She is intelligent, she is smart and she has great sense of humour.

“But there are big shoes to fill.

“Once again, i want to thank Commissioner Ian Stewart, the commissioner has done an outstanding job and now in July the baton will be passed to Commissioner Carrol.

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Westpac bank is having nationwide issues

Westpac Bank is currently having issues with important banking services across the country.

Westpac Bank tweeted just before 1.00pm AEST today, saying that they were having ‘difficulties’ with the online and mobile banking services.

It is still unknown exactly what the issue is, though staff are working to fix it ASAP.

It’s believed customers can still access banking services through their local branch.