Brekky Wrap: Three Charged With Attempted Murder And Tax Cuts Fast Tracked

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Three men have been charged with attempted murder following an alleged kidnapping and arson attack in Ootha in NSW's central west on Tuesday. The three men allegedly broke into a property on Henry Parkes Way where they allegedly assaulted a 68-year-old man, tied him up, knocked him unconscious and set the house alight. The three men have also been charged with an array of other offences for allegedly kidnapping two women and two boys from the property.

The home was found in flames. Image: Ten Eyewitness News.

NSW Racing CEO Graeme Hinton has said it is unlikely the group will use the Opera House for promotions again. In an interview with Channel 7, Hinton said he was surprised by the level of backlash the advertisement for The Everest house race received. The six-minute light display -- which included the horse numbers and Jockey's colours -- saw over 1000 people turn out on Wednesday night in protest with lights and lamps to try and obstruct the projection.

Demonstrators protest against the decision to project The Everest onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House. (AAP Image/Paul Braven)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised to fast-track the government's tax cuts for small and medium businesses. The tax rate for companies that make up to $50 million has already been reduced to 27.5 percent from 30 percent and was set to drop to 25 percent by 2026/27. The Morrison administration now wants to ensure those cuts are implemented by 2021/22. That's five years earlier than initially expected. This will cost the government $3.2 billion according to Treasurer Josh Freydenberg, but will be doable due to the Coalition's decision to dump their big business tax relief scheme.

The Prime Minister promised to deliver sooner on small/medium business tax cuts. Image: AAP.

Hurricane Micheal has made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as it continues to intensify. The category four storm has been described as "extremely dangerous" and is expected to become one of the worst hurricanes ever experienced in America. At this stage, about 375,000 people have been evacuated in what is being called a " life threatening event".

New CCTV footage released by a Turkish TV station shows the moment missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Authorities fear Khashoggi may have been killed on the premises of the Saudi consulate. Separate images released by the TV station show a group of men that may be connected to Khashoggi's disappearance arriving in the country on the same day he went missing.

New intelligence out of the Czech Republic suggests the two men at the centre of the novichok poising of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia  had been following their targets since 2014. The information from Czech authorities said unmasked military intelligence officers Anatoly Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin visited Prague in 2014 and that Skripal was there at the same time. British authorities are currently investigating the poisoning of the Skripals with the nerve agent novichok which occurred in March 2018 in Sailsbury.

Yulia Skipral was contaminated with the nerve agent Novichok along with her father. Image: Reuters

Australia's Cricket team has a monstrous task ahead if they want to win the first test against Pakistan. Pakistan disseminated Australia's top order, leaving the visitors struggling at 3-136 on the fourth day. Usman Khawaja gave Australia a glimmer of hope however, managing to notch up a half century.

Usman Khawaja gives Australia a glimmer of hope. Image: Getty Images.

Ali is giving love one more chance and in Wednesday night's season premier of The Bachelorette, she seemed spoilt for choice. She was charmed by Charlie and she was super-interested in Ivan. Knight-in-shining-armour Todd also made a brilliant first impression on the Bachelorette, but it was Bill who received the coveted wild rose and the very first kiss of the season. Read more about Wednesday night's episode here.

Bill got the first kiss. Image: Network Ten.

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