In honor of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, Mamamie shares a series of letters from the families of those affected by domestic violence.
This week Sue Clarke wrote an incredibly powerful letter to her daughter, Hannah Clarke, who was murdered along with her three children in February 2020. You can read it here.
John Herron, father of Courtney Herron, who was murdered in 2019, also wrote an open letter.
Keep an eye out for more in the coming days as we shed light on this endemic issue.
These are your top 5 news stories for Thursday May 19th.
1 p.m. Child accidentally bulldozes during a football game.
Scott Morrison accidentally attacked an eight-year-old boy during a football match in Devonport, Tasmania.
The Prime Minister was attending a training game at Devonport Strikers Football Club when he lost his balance and knocked Luca Fauvette to the ground.
In video footage shared online, Luca was quickly back on his feet before rejoining the game.
— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia) May 18, 2022
Morrison reached out to the club’s parents and children and took the incident in stride.
“I look forward to coming back on another occasion. I think if that bleacher falls I’ll hear it might take a little bulldozer to bring it down, so maybe I can help with that,” he told the room.
Morrison visited the club after local Braddon MP Gavin Pearce announced improvements to the grounds’ facilities should the coalition government be re-elected.
2. Shayna Jack and Cody Simpson make up the Australian swim team.
After a two-year doping ban, Shayna Jack has secured selection for Australia’s swimming team for this year’s World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Jack will be swimming at this year’s World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, where she will be joined by pop star Cody Simpson.
The 23-year-old collapsed after securing a place in the 100m freestyle at the national championships in Adelaide last night.
“I’m just overwhelmed by the emotions of being back with the team,” she said. “Not many people really know what I actually went through, the depths of it… And to be back and wearing those (Australian) colors again means more to me than anything.”
Shayna Jack is on course to return to the Australian swimming team after serving a doping ban. @stevelarkinaap reports.
Jack won her 100m freestyle race in today’s opening day of the Nationals in Adelaide.
— AAP Sport (@AAPSport) May 18, 2022
Jack’s triumph came shortly after global pop sensation Simpson finished third in the men’s 100m butterfly final.
“I certainly didn’t even count that there was even a possibility by 2024,” Simpson said of his affiliation with an Australian team.
Other winners included Elijah Winnington (400m freestyle, men), Jenna Strauch (100m breaststroke, women) and Josh Edwards-Smith (200m backstroke, men).
3. PM evades wage responsibility.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison blames inflation for Australia’s cost of living crisis, which he says is out of his control.
But wages are lagging far behind inflation, news data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.
The annual rate was 2.4 percent, less than half the inflation rate of 5.1 percent, according to figures released yesterday.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said good government helps wages rise, not fall behind.
“What a hit. It’s the biggest cut in real wages in more than 20 years,” he told the National Press Club yesterday.
“Under Scott Morrison, real wages fall while the cost of living soars.”
Real wages have fallen again under this government – the worst result in 20 years, falling 2.7%. Under Scott Morrison, real wages fall while the cost of living soars. pic.twitter.com/GX6gm1Ss2l
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) May 18, 2022
Meanwhile, Labor is set to release its cost of election promises and funding after the coalition spent last week attacking Labor over the delay.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese says the pledges will be funded in part by the repayment of $750 million in government grants, which he says represent “waste and folly” under Morrison.
4. Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial.
A Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an elderly unarmed civilian in the first war crimes trial since the invasion of Ukraine.
Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted of shooting a Ukrainian in the head through an open car window in a village in the north-eastern Sumy region on February 28, four days after the invasion began .
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova said earlier that her office was preparing war crimes cases against 41 Russian soldiers for crimes including bombing of civilian infrastructure, killing of civilians, rape and looting.
Breaking news: A Russian soldier has pleaded guilty in Kyiv to shooting dead a civilian in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since the Russian invasion.
When asked if he accepted his guilt, the soldier said, “Yes. Absolutely yes.” https://t.co/9Wd9cE0jdI
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 18, 2022
Meanwhile, Turkey has blocked the start of NATO accession talks for Finland and Sweden, military alliance sources said DPA news agency.
As a result, NATO’s governing body, the North Atlantic Council, was unable to begin the planned accession process immediately.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was unable to accept a proposed expansion of the alliance that would jeopardize NATO’s own security, repeating his claims that Sweden and Finland were wary of their alleged support for the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK ) actual supporters of terrorism. and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would examine the application for membership as soon as possible, but stressed that the security interests of all allies “must be taken into account” and referred to Turkey’s objections.
5. Australian rainforests are dying faster.
Climate change is taking a devastating toll on Australia’s rainforests, which have been killing trees at a faster rate since the 1980s, a new study confirms.
The study, published in the journal Nature, found that the average mortality rate of tropical trees in Australia has doubled over the past 35 years.
“Trees live about half as long, which is a pattern consistent across species and locations across the region. And the effects can be traced back to the 1980s,” said Susan Laurance, a professor at James Cook University.
Australia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster under the “clear and stark climate warning” for decades https://t.co/l13mYWL89O https://t.co/Rgf9rzKCpJ
— Climate News (@Climate_News_a1) May 18, 2022
Lead author and tropical forest ecologist David Bauman said the study found that increases in tree mortality would further affect the environment.
“A sustained doubling of mortality risk would mean that carbon stored in trees would return to the atmosphere twice as fast,” said Dr. Bauman.
And that’s it, you’re all in the loop. We’ll be back to bring you more top news throughout the day.
– With AAP.