Schoolboys attacked by man in separate incidents

A man has been charged after allegedly grabbing a 10-year-old boy outside a western Sydney school in one of two attacks on children in as many days.

According to police, the 41-year-old man was held down by parents until police arrived after the assault on the young boy outside the gates of a Colyton primary school just after 3pm on Thursday.

He allegedly assaulted and tried to rob a 15-year-old boy on Shepherd Road at Colyton on Tuesday.

The man has been charged with a range of offences, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, attempted robbery, intimidation and breach of bail.

He’s due to face Penrith Local Court on Friday.

Bali airport open but Aussies remain stranded

Bali’s airport has reopened but the majority of Australians will remain grounded on Friday with both Jetstar and Virgin Australia deeming it unsafe to fly.

Both airlines have cancelled all flights in and out of Denpasar Airport due to the volcanic ash cloud.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Jetstar said, “the ash cloud is still too close to for us to fly safely to and from Australia”.

The airline told disappointed customers: “This is partly because we can’t say for sure where the ash cloud will be several hours from now – which is how long it will take any of our aircraft to get to Bali”.

On its Facebook page, Virgin Australia made the same call. “The latest advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin as well as our team of meteorologists is that conditions are still unsafe to fly.”

Both carriers were due to update their advice for Saturday flights on Friday morning.


Man arrested following frightening attempted abduction

A MAN has been arrested after allegedly trying to abduct a young boy outside a school in Sydney’s west.

The man allegedly grabbed the 10-year-old boy outside Bennett Road Public School in Colyton.

Witnesses reported seeing the child holding onto the fence screaming and ran to his aid.

The man was detained at the scene and arrested.

He has been taken to St Marys police station as investigations into the incident continue.


Bali’s airport reopened

Bali’s international airport has reopened earlier than planned.

Ash from Mt Barujari on neighbouring Lombok island is now being blown in a more southerly direction, and no longer towards Bali’s airport.

The airport was given clearance to open at 1430 local time on Thursday, but flight operations were not expected to begin for at least two hours.

Queensland’s gender pay gap higher than 20 years ago

Queensland’s gender pay gap is higher than it was 20 years ago, despite more women attaining tertiary education than men, a new report has found.

Queensland Women 2015 provides a clear snapshot of how our state’s women and girls are faring, across a range of measures including education, health, safety, finances and gender equality.

Minister for Women, Shannon Fentiman, released the report alongside the launch of a state-wide consultation to develop a new Women’s Strategy.

“These figures should be a wake-up call to anyone who suggests the fight for gender equality is no longer an issue,” Ms Fentiman said.

“The stark reality is that women in Queensland are getting paid less, retiring with far less super and are far more likely to experience violence, poverty or homelessness.

“Bright and talented Queensland girls are getting a good education, but the minute they step into the workforce they are behind from the start. Women earn an average of 82 percent of a male wage and that simply isn’t good enough,” Ms Fentiman said.

“This report highlights the need for a new strategy for Queensland’s women, and I look forward to hearing feedback from this report, as well as other ideas about how we can work together to tackle gender inequality.”

The report finds:

  • Queensland’s gender pay gap stands at 18 percent, compared with 15.2 percent in 1995 and 15.7 percent in 2005
  • Women and girls dominated numbers studying dance, home economics, hospitality and the visual arts, but had lowest numbers in engineering technology, technology and aerospace studies and information processing and technology
  • Only one in 12 Queensland women worked in the mining, manufacturing, electricity and construction industries
  • More women are likely to work casually or take career breaks impacting on super accumulation.
  • Queensland women and girls were more than four times as likely as males to be sexually assaulted by a family member and five times as likely to be sexually assaulted by a stranger in 2014.
  • Queensland males accounted for 86.3 per cent of offenders for the breach of domestic violence protection order offence in 2014–15.

Women from across the state can have their say on the Women’s Strategy, by submitting their views on the Get Involved online survey at