Canadian police believe they have found the bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, the teenagers suspected of murdering Australian Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, and university lecturer Leonard Dyck. The discovery was made at 10am on Wednesday, local time, in dense bushland near the Nelson River near Gillam in Canada. The site is within 1km of location where personal belongings of the two were found on Friday, about 9km from where their vehicle was discovered in flames nearly three weeks ago. The discovery was “a relief”, according to Manitoba’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police commanding officer Jane MacLatchy. “It's huge to be able to hopefully give some people the opportunity to exhale and not be afraid of who's out in the woods any more,” she said.
The head of Parliament's intelligence committee has drawn parellels between the world's approach to containing China and the “catastrophic failure” in preventing the rise of Nazi Germany. In an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Liberal MP Andrew Hastie warned: “If we don’t understand the challenge ahead for our civil society, in our parliaments, in our universities, in our private enterprises, in our charities — our little platoons — then choices will be made for us. Our sovereignty, our freedoms, will be diminished.” The former SAS soldier referenced US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comment about the world being “asleep at the switch” on China’s rise, made at the US-Australia security summit on Sunday. A recent Chinese defence white paper suggested Australia had contributed to regional instability through its military ties to the US. The piece comes as Chinese authorities visited the family of an international student who participated in protests at an Australian university, to warn his parents of the consequences of political dissent. The protests were related to mass civil unrest in Hong Kong, for which Australia has issued a travel warning.
More than 120,000 people who had their welfare payments suspended last financial year were later found by their job agency to have had a valid reason for not meeting obligations, according to Guardian Australia. There has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of suspensions since changes last year introduced the automatic halting of payments when welfare recipients are believed to not be meeting their “mutual obligation”, causing significant distress.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has spoken out against European taxes on flights that aim to reduce carbon emissions. “We don’t want to go back to the 1920s and not have air travel,” he told ($) the annual Centre for Aviation summit in Sydney yesterday, where he suggested that the aviation industry was working to reduce emissions on its own. Airlines aren’t the only industry facing a backlash regarding climate change, with mining giant BHP under pressure to abandon its membership of the Minerals Council of Australia, which is supporting an ad campaign to stoke “national pride” in coal.
In sport, soccer player Mindy Barbieri resorted to a public fundraising campaign to pay for a $10,000 operation for a ruptured ACL sustained during an Australian national team camp, highlighting the financial challenges facing female athletes. As the campaign gained traction and high-profile support on social media, Football Federation Australia announced that it would cover Barbieri's medical bills.