Thursday, February 08, 2018

Indigenous man dies after police encounter

An Indigenous man in Sydney has died after an encounter with NSW Police. Patrick Fisher, 31, fell 13 floors from a balcony at a Waterloo housing block yesterday after police entered the flat looking to take the man into custody. NSW Police has launched a critical incident investigation, saying “officers attached to Redfern Local Area Command have established a crime scene”. Speaking to the ABC, a relative of Fisher said “he wouldn't have killed himself, he had too much to live for”, and called for an independent investigation into how he died. “They get away with too much here," the relative said. "It's nothing to them, just one less person to chase on the street.”

Barnaby Joyce’s estranged wife Natalie has released a statement on her husband’s infidelity, saying she was “deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member”. Saying the news was “devastating on many fronts”, Joyce said she “placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life” and would “be made worse by the fact that this will all be played out in public”. Labor and Greens politicians have criticised The Daily Telegraph for publishing photographs of the former staffer, with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen saying “frankly, his personal situation is none of my business and, with respect, it’s none of anybody else’s business”. Greens MP Adam Bandt, meanwhile, called the coverage “despicable”, saying “the Murdoch tabloids ran a front-page paparazzi snap of a pregnant woman just because the father happens to be Barnaby Joyce”.

Queensland’s Labor government will enshrine human rights such as the right to life, freedom of expression and freedom of movement when it introduces a state bill of human rights. Modelled on Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, the bill of rights will be Australia’s third charter of rights, after Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Rights advocates applauded the news, with Community Legal Centres Queensland director James Farrell saying the reform would provide “stronger protection for people with disability, families threatened with homelessness, women and children experiencing family violence, and many other groups in the community”.

And a date has been set for the Batman by-election, pitting Labor’s Ged Kearney against The Greens’ Alex Bhathal. House of Representatives speaker Tony Smith advised yesterday that the poll would take place on March 17, giving voters in the inner-Melbourne electorate until February 14 to enrol and potential candidates until February 22 to nominate for the by-election to replace David Feeney. March 17 is also St Patrick’s Day, giving headline writers everywhere plenty of material for puns about the colour green should Bhathal win.

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Nancy Reagan turned down Rock Hudsons plea for help nine weeks before he died

“Although only a handful of people knew it, Hudson was in Paris desperately seeking treatment for AIDS – treatment that even a prominent, wealthy actor could not get in the United States in 1985. Although more than 5,500 people had died from the disease by the start of 1985, the government had taken few significant steps toward addressing the disease – with the Reagan administration recommending a $10 million cut in AIDS spending down to $86 million in its federal budget proposal released in February 1985.” buzzfeed

Our hackable political future

“The conservative political activist James O’Keefe has created a cottage industry manipulating political perceptions by editing footage in misleading ways. In 2018, low-tech editing like Mr. O’Keefe’s is already an anachronism: Imagine what even less scrupulous activists could do with the power to create ‘video’ framing real people for things they’ve never actually done. One harrowing potential eventuality: Fake video and audio may become so convincing that it can’t be distinguished from real recordings, rendering audio and video evidence inadmissible in court.” the new york times

Here there be whistlers

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Q. 

Is the ongoing citizenship crisis still exposing MPs unfit to be in Parliament?

“In a tearful statement to Parliament, Labor backbencher Susan Lamb has explained she is not legally allowed to have access to her parents' marriage certificate that could clarify her citizenship status. In a bid to fend off Government attacks that she is a British citizen and ineligible to be in Parliament, Ms Lamb has spelled out that she has been estranged from her mother since she was a six-year-old girl.”   abc

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It sure is.

“The chamber is absolutely silent as Susan Lamb delivers her statement. She is in tears, as she explains her mother was not there for much of her life ... Alex Hawke starts telling her from across the chamber that he ‘has heard sad stories too’ and says something about her having entered public life. One of his colleagues, I think it was Ian Goodenough, censures him with ‘Alex’ and he stops.”  guardian australia

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and finally:

Watch this woman get mad because cricketers won’t let her do sit-ups on the field during a game

“In a video captured from the sidelines by cricketer Ollie Pope, the woman can be seen yelling that she was ‘doing sit-ups in my backyard’, apparently under the impression that living next to a public oval makes it your private property. ‘But this is a cricket field’, the cricketer trying to escort her off the field protests. “We’ve hired this. We paid money for it’. ‘And I don’t pay rates?’ the woman yells again.” junkee

Alex McKinnon
is Schwartz Media's morning editor, and a former editor of Junkee.