Man’s body discovered on riverbank by kayaker

Police are investigating after a man’s body was located in water in the state’s Riverina district.

A kayaker spotted the body on the riverbank under the Moama/Echuca Bridge about 6.45am today, Thursday 12 November 2015.

Officers from Deniliquin Local Area Command attended and retrieved the body.

The man has not been identified.

It’s not known whether his death is suspicious at this stage.

Inquiries are continuing and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Qld Police Minister accused of threatening MP with ‘slit throat’

Queensland’s Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has been caught threatening an Opposition MP, allegedly making a slit throat motion while mouthing “you’re a goner” in front of other shocked MP’s.

The threatening gesture was allegedly made towards Opposition MP Tarnya Smith during Tuesday’s morning parliamentary session.

Ms Miller “made a throat slitting motion towards myself” “The Member for Bundamba then said, ‘I am going to get you’, and the Member for Bundamba then repeated the motion of the throat slitting and stated ‘you’re a goner’,” Ms Smith told Parliament on Wednesday.

However Ms Miller said the gesture was nothing more than trying to silence Ms Smith.

“During a robust debate I gestured and requested the member for Mount Ommaney to silence her repeated interjections, nothing more,” Ms Miller told Parliament.

“If the Member for Mount Ommaney misunderstood the gesture and the words I used, and has taken offence, I regret any distress this may have caused, it was never my intention to do so.”

Ms Smith wants Ms Miller referred to the Ethics Committee.

Aussie mums erupt over formula shortage

Australian mums have been left high and dry as demand for “safe” baby formula in China fuels a massive shortage.

Fearful Chinese parents are turning to Australian-made products after a number of deadly domestic formula scares, including one contamination incident in 2008 that killed six babies and made 300,000 others sick.

It means Australian made formulas such as the a2 and Bellamy’s Organic ranges are quickly running off the shelves. The surge in demand has left many Australian mums complaining they can’t source the brands they’ve always fed their babies.

It’s sparked reports of people stripping supermarket shelves of quality formulas, knowing they can be resold for enormous profit to Chinese buyers desperate for safe products.

Coles and Woolworths have now limited the amount of formula customers can buy in one transaction to four units. Not all supermarkets are following the directive though, with some determined customers still managing to purchase formula in bulk to on-sell.

To add to parent’s pain, the federal government says it will only intervene in the premium baby formula shortage as “an absolute last resort”.

“I don’t think government intervention is something we really want to see,” Assistant Minister for Trade Richard Colbeck told ABC TV on Thursday.

Although Aussie parents are fuming over the shortage, Senator Colbeck said it was testament to Australia’s international reputation for supplying safe food.

“Booming international demand for our high quality dairy products is great news for our local dairy industry but we must also ensure supply is available locally,” he told the ABC.

Desperate parents are being warned not to try and brew their own formula at home, as a homemade recipe could damage the child’s kidneys, liver and brain.

Dietitian Sheridan Collins told the Daily Telegraph baby formula is designed to be as close to breast milk as possible: “It’s a very fine formulation of micro nutrients and macro nutrients to get the perfect balance to be sufficient for growth and development for the infant.”

She continued: “If they’re not in the right quantities they could be dangerous and have an impact on the baby’s gut or on their kidneys and other aspects of their development.”

 

Stranded Aussies arrive back from Bali

Stranded Australians have begun returning home from Bali as the volcanic ash cloud around Denpasar Airport clears up.

More than 850 people flew to Australia from Bali on Wednesday when conditions improved, despite continued eruptions from Mt Rinjani.

Jetstar has indicated it plans to operate all services to and from Bali on Thursday if the ash cloud remains clear.

In addition, the airline will bring back 2200 customers on 11 recovery flights.

All Virgin Australia flights from Australia to Bali remain cancelled on Thursday morning, although the airline will update customers on its plans at 11.00AM (AEDT).

Labor aiming to recruit retired AFL star Adam Goodes

The Labor Party appears to have Adam Goodes in its sights, with claims it’s trying to recruit the retired AFL star so he can run for a seat in Federal parliament.

Reports have surfaced that Northern Territory Labor Senator and Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris encouraged Goodes to consider a career in politics earlier in the year.

It’s believed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is interested in having a meeting with the dual Brownlow medallist.

Goodes is overseas at the moment and his management say there is no plan for him to go into politics any time soon.

The AFL star only just retired from the sport in September following the Swans semi-final loss to North Melbourne.

In 2013, Goodes revealed an interest a political career after football but said he had no affinity with any particular party.

However three months before he retired, the former Australian of the year said he had changed his mind about politics: “I’m definitely not interested in party politics, definitely not interested in stepping into that arena.”

The anti-racism crusader and outspoken indigenous rights campaigner has previously said he feels strongly about the environment and education.