The 24-year-old woman killed in a Sydney CBD apartment on Tuesday has been formally identified as Michaela Dunn. Friends said she was a "true delight" who spent her last few months travelling the world. Mert Ney, 21, is accused of killing her with a kitchen knife before exiting to the street and attacking others, before being accosted by members of the public and arrested. Dunn had been working as a sex worker from the apartment, and police said initial inquiries indicated Ney had attended the unit for an appointment. In a joint statement Sex Worker Out Reach Program and the Scarlett Alliance said they were “devastated” by the violence, and added that “sex workers regularly face barriers to accessing justice and reporting crimes against us, because so often the violence is attributed to our work”. Ney had been checked into a hospital after a domestic dispute with one of his sisters last week. The NSW government has launched a review into all aspects of Ney's care in the state's health system.
A Queensland government-backed program to help the sugar industry reduce pollution flowing into water catchments near the Great Barrier Reef is promoting a speaking tour of a scientist who argues farm runoff poses no threat. Peter Ridd is touring regional Queensland to argue against proposed regulations on chemical runoff into reef catchments. The events are hosted by regional branches of the sugar cane growers peak body, Canegrowers, and a charity set up by the Institute of Public Affairs. Farmers have been invited to attend the Ridd lectures by facilitators working for Smartcane BMP, a training and certification program supported by Queensland government grants, which promotes sustainable land management practices. The Queensland environment minister, Leeanne Enoch, told Guardian Australia: “There is a clear expectation that the organisation uses that taxpayer funding for its stated purpose.” Enoch said science had “come under attack for political purposes”, pointing to a Liberal National party suggestion that the state establish a “scientific review office” to interrogate studies conducted on the reef. The debate comes as Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley returns from a Cairns snorkelling trip ($) to what she described as a “reef teeming with life”.
Australian theatre is mourning the loss of one of its “greatest treasures”, with Indigenous actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf dying at the age of 52 (this link includes an image of the deceased), while touring with the stage production of The Secret River at the Edinburgh Festival. In a joint statement with Lawford-Wolf's family, the Sydney Theatre Company said the award-winning actor passed away on Sunday, August 11. She was best known for her roles in the films Rabbit-Proof Fence, Bran Nue Dae, and Last Cab to Darwin.
The sports world is also honouring an Indigenous great, with AFL ruck legend Graham “Polly” Farmer dying aged 84 (this link includes an image of the deceased). In cricket, the second Ashes Test will be a four-day affair after the opening day was rained out at Lord’s. The forecast suggests Thursday should be clear but there is more wet weather forecast for London later in the week. Australia coach Justin Langer confirmed the selection of fast bowler Josh Hazlewood to replace the rested James Pattinson.