Brekky Wrap: Wentworth By-Election And Royals Back In Sydney
All the news you need to know this Friday.
Candidates for Saturday's Wentworth by-election will campaign for one last day in a bid to swing as many voters as possible to their side. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's parliamentary majority is dependant on the election result and so will be joining Liberal candidate Dave Sharma on the campaign trail. Independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps has emerged as the favourite to take out the blue ribbon seat. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was the member for Wentworth before leaving parliament, is currently overseas and has not weighed in on the election.
A fifth man has been charged with the murder of Sydney teenager Brayden Dillon. Police say a group of people allegedly forced their way into Dillon's Glenfield home in NSW and allegedly shot him dead while he lay in his bed in the early hours of April 14, 2017. A 33-year-old man was arrested by police at Sydney International Airport on Thursday morning after arriving in Australia from Thailand. He was later charged with murder and will appear in Central Local Court on Friday.
A Queensland woman has been charged with allegedly making $55,000 from a fundraising site after allegedly faking an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Lucy Wieland appeared in Townsville Local Court on Thursday, where the court was told the 27-year-old allegedly set up a GoFundMe page for financial help. Wieland allegedly documented her journey with the illness on Instagram where she appears to be using breathing masks and other equipment. Wieland will reappear in court in December.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will return to Sydney for the fourth day of their Australian tour on Friday. The pair will visit the iconic Bondi Beach, where they will spend time with mental health and well-being advocacy group OneWave, before spending time with some surfers and greeting members of the public. In the afternoon, Prince Harry will be joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and together they will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A flag for the Invictus Games will be placed at the top of the bridge ahead of the official opening of the event on Saturday.
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A Saudi intelligence officer and former diplomat is said to have played a vital role in the apparent assassination of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi CNN reports. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb was personally seconded to serve in the Royal Guard for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and was apparently fully aware of the plan to kill Khashoggi. It is believed the Crown Prince was also aware of the plot, but he has denied any knowledge of the apparent murder operation.
Meanwhile, US and UK ministers have boycotted an investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the death of Khashoggi. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox have pulled out of the conference amid allegations the Saudi government played a major part in the death of the journalist. French and Dutch ministers have also said they will not attend the summit. Saudi Arabia denies the killing.
The European Union has said it will extend the transition period for the UK to leave EU if it needs extra time. The current plan for transition involves a 21 month time period, however, with the two sides constantly failing to come to an agreement about the terms of the UK's exit, extra time might be needed. British Prime Minister Theresa May said the period could be extended by just a few months, however said she remains confident that the UK and the EU will come to an agreement about the terms of exit both sides are content with.
Pakistani batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were at the centre of one of the most bizarre run outs cricket has ever seen. Azhar Ali hit a ball delivered by Aussie Peter Siddle and it looked like it was going for a four, so the pair stopped in the middle of the pitch for a chat. Little did they know the ball came up just short of the boundary, and Micthell Stark quickly collected it and threw it back to wicket-keeper Tim Paine, who promptly removed the bails. Just like that Azhar Ali was out. Read more about the embarrassing moment here.
Thursday night's episode of The Bachelorette saw Ali powerfully quash rumours about her past relationship with American Bachelor In Paradise contestant Grant. Charlie pulled Ali aside at the cocktail party and told her Nathan had been gossiping with the boys about Ali's past relationship and the rumours that swirled in the media around the circumstances of their breakup. Ali confronted Nathan about it and then asked a number of other guys if Nathan was at the mansion for the right reasons. Most said no and so Ali asked Nathan to leave. There was heaps more stuff that happened, of course. Catch up here.
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