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Landmark media reforms expected to pass parliament

The Turnbull government’s landmark media reforms package is expected to pass parliament today after securing a deal with senator Nick Xenophon overnight.

If the new media laws pass the senate, it would allow a person to control three platforms (TV, radio or newspaper) in one single market.

At the moment, a company can only own two of the three.

The 75 per cent audience-reach rule would also be scrapped.

This is said to be the biggest shake-up in the media industry in 10 years.

A $60.4 million “regional and small publishers jobs and innovation package” will also be established by the Government under the new deal.

Apple’s fancy new iPhone ditches the home button, offers wireless charging!

The day has finally arrived, Apple fans!

Apple has today unveiled it’s latest (and most expensive) new smart phone… the iPhone X, which is pronounced 10 by the way!

It comes 10 years after the first iPhone was released.

“Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience,” Apple said in a description of the new phone on their website.

“And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future.”

Some of the new features of the iPhone X include a brand-new 5.8-inch OLED screen, wireless charging, cameras and sensors that enable Face ID to unlock the phone and no home button.


The company also released an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which also support wireless charging.

“iPhone 8 introduces an all‑new glass design. The world’s most popular camera, now even better,” the phone description reads.

“The smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s truly effortless. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone.”

The Apple iPhone 8 will be available for pre-order from Friday, with the iPhone X available for pre-order next month.


Gold Coast man charged after haul of firearms found buried on property

A Gold Coast man has been charged after a stash of firearms and ammunition were discovered buried on a property near Stanthorpe.

Police said officers came across the large haul on August 5 2017, while conducting follow-up investigations in relation to the murder of Gold Coast man Philip Carlyle in April 1997.

In total, detectives uncovered 11 handguns, two AR15 rifle with full automatic components, 3 rifle barrels for long arm firearms and in excess of 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

The firearms were allegedly found in barrels, buckets and tubing that were buried on the property twenty minutes outside of Stanthorpe.

PHOTO: Supplied Qld Police

A 66-year-old Reedy Creek man has since been charged with major firearms offences relating to the possession of illegal firearms and failure to secure ammunition properly.

PHOTO: Supplied Qld Police

He is due to face the Southport Magistrates Court today.


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Balcony fall victims taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with head injuries

THREE people have been taken to hospital after falling from a balcony at a house in Tweed Heads.

Police said two men and a woman were on the balcony of the Seaview Street home just before 1am on Sunday when all three somehow slipped through a railing and plunged several metres to the ground below.

It’s understood the trio landed on a concrete path and garden rocks.

The two men were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with head injuries, while the 39-year-old woman was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with a broken wrist and lacerations and bruising to her torso.

The Seaview Street home was declared a crime scene and examined by forensic police this morning.

Investigations into how the trio managed to slip through the railing are continuing.

Surfer tossed into the air by shark in terrifying encounter on NSW beach

A MAN has survived a terrifying encounter with a shark while surfing with mates at a beach in northern NSW.

Abe McGrath, 35, was surfing in waters off Main Beach at Iluka, near Yamba, shortly after sunrise on Sunday when he crossed paths with what is believed to have been a white pointer around 2-3 metres in length.

McGrath was roughly 100m north of the Iluka breakwall when the shark charged at his board from underneath.

The impact snapped McGrath’s board in half and sent him flying into the air before he crashed back into the water.

It’s understood the 35-year-old was nipped by the shark’s teeth during the frightening ordeal.

McGrath suffered three puncture wounds to his right hip.


The shark sunk its teeth into Abe McGrath’s right hip, causing three puncture wounds PHOTO: Amber Hopkins | Facebook

The force of the shark’s bite snapped McGrath’s surfboard in half PHOTO: Amber Hopkins | Facebook

The shark then started to circle McGrath and his broken board before swimming away, police said in a statement.

Despite his injuries and to the amazement of his friends, McGrath managed to swim back to shore.

His mate’s then drove him to the Ballina Hospital from where he was transferred to Lismore Hospital.

Close friend of McGrath’s, Byron Bay surfer Bryce Cameron posted a photo of his mate’s snapped board on his Instagram account a couple of hours after the close call, captioned: “life could of been very different this morning.”

“So stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse,” Cameron wrote.

“Our arrival to Iluka this morning, @abemcgrath hit by a juvenile white pointer.

“So stoked to see him able to limp up the beach.”

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is investigating the incident and Main and Bluff beaches have been closed.