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- William Tyrrell focus turns to one person as police seize car in Sydney
- Victorian Liberal MPs join protest at which fringe element promotes violence
- Labor pledges to give 1.5 million extra homes access to NBN fibre-to-the-home
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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William Tyrrell focus turns to one person as police seize car in Sydney
Five square metres of NSW bushland has become the priority in the search for missing boy William Tyrrell as police investigate if he fell from a balcony to his death and say their focus is on one person of interest.
William, aged three, was last seen playing outside his foster grandmother’s house in Kendall on the Mid North Coast in September 2014.
Police searching the NSW property yesterday. Credit:Wolters Peeters
Investigators yesterday returned to the home in the town of Kendall from where he vanished, bringing a cadaver dog to the property for the first time.
Acting on the new and very specific information that led to the latest search, police are investigating whether William fell from the five-metre balcony at his foster grandmother’s house to his death.
Earlier this morning, police said they had seized a Mazda from a home in Gymea, in Sydney’s south, under a coronial order on Tuesday last week. The vehicle was taken to a secure facility and is undergoing forensic examinations, which are expected to take several weeks.
Read the full story here.
Victorian Liberal MPs join protest at which fringe element promotes violence
Several Victorian state Liberal MPs have encouraged a large and sometimes angry group of protesters gathered on the steps of Parliament House, some of whom had earlier chanted violent slogans around a full-sized gallows and called for people to “dance on the end of a rope”.
Right-wing Liberal MP Bernie Finn, who last week shared a doctored picture of Premier Daniel Andrews dressed as Adolf Hitler, posted a selfie yesterday mingling with protesters as members of Parliament readied to debate pandemic laws in the upper house. He captioned it saying they were “a couple of thousand of my closest friends”.
Protesters gathering at Victorian Parliament yesterday.Credit:Chris Hopkins
Opposition spokesman for community recovery, Craig Ondarchie, also mixed with protesters yesterday, posting online that he was: “Out thanking these wonderful Victorians, outside their house – the People’s House, who have had a gut full of Daniel Andrews controlling their lives, their happiness, their freedom.”
Other Liberal MPs to appear at the protest included shadow ministers Nick Wakeling and Roma Britnell.
On Monday night, a truck pulled up outside the protest with an apparently operational gallows, as the crowd chanted slogans such as “Kill Dan Andrews” and “Hang Dan Andrews”.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has condemned the behaviour and urged protesters to get their point across respectfully.
But Mr Guy did not ban his MPs from attending, and said the actions of the “few” should not tarnish everyone who attended.
Learn more about the proposed legislation, and why people are protesting, here.
Labor pledges to give 1.5 million extra homes access to NBN fibre-to-the-home
An extra 1.5 million households and small businesses will be given access to the National Broadband Network’s fibre-to-the-home internet in a new $2.4 billion election promise by the federal opposition aimed at portraying the Government as a laggard on technology.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, who will announce the policy today, says the plan will ensure 10 million premises across Australia – 90 per cent of the NBN fixed-line footprint – have access to gigabit speeds by 2025.
Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in Melbourne last week. Credit:Eddie Jim
The election pledge also includes a commitment by Labor to keep the NBN in public hands for the foreseeable future but does not rule out eventual privatisation.
The policy is aimed at outstripping the federal government’s pledge in October 2020 to spend $3.5 billion upgrading the network by giving two million Australian households fibre-to-the-home internet by 2023. Labor’s policy would add an additional 1.5 million premises to this ambition, taking the total expansion to 3.5 million premises.
Read more about the policy here.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning and thanks for your company.
It’s Wednesday, November 17. I’m Broede Carmody and I’m anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started.
- NSW Police say they’ve seized a car in the search for missing boy William Tyrrell. Authorities returned to the little boy’s foster grandmother’s house yesterday with a cadaver dog for the first time. He was last seen at the property in 2014. Police are investigating whether he fell from a balcony to his death. Yesterday, they searched through adjacent garden beds and nearby bushland. Meanwhile, about 1800 residents in Forbes have been ordered to evacuate their homes as floodwaters continue to rise in the NSW Central West. NSW recorded 212 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and two deaths.
NSW Police at the property where missing boy William Tyrrell was last seen. Credit:Wolter Peeters
- In Victoria, there are concerns that some individuals and fringe groups are encouraging violence as part of the ongoing protests outside state Parliament. Protesters have been seen with gallows and making threats about Premier Daniel Andrews. While Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has condemned the behaviour, he has not banned his colleagues from attending the protests. Several Coalition MPs have spoken to the crowd, with one labelling them some of his “closest friends”. The protesters say they are rallying against Victoria’s proposed pandemic laws. However, Health Minister Martin Foley says there is a lot of misinformation about the legislation (currently before the Upper House) and that it would be an improvement compared to state-of-emergency laws in other jurisdictions such as NSW. He says that under the bill, Parliament would have the power to disallow health orders in certain circumstances and the advice driving public health orders would need to be published. Victoria yesterday recorded 797 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley.Credit:Paul Jeffers
- The federal Labor Party is ramping up its campaign promises ahead of the next election. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will today pledge that an extra 1.5 million households and small businesses will be given access to the National Broadband Network’s fibre-to-the-home internet under a $2.4 billion plan should he win government. The policy is aimed at portraying the Morrison government as a laggard on technology.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, left, is set to go head-to-head with Prime Minister Scott Morrison next year. But in many ways, the campaign has already begun. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen/Paul Jeffers
- People in the Greater Katherine and Robinson River communities in the Northern Territory are in their third day of a snap lockdown. Nine new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Katherine yesterday, taking the current cluster to 11. “We’re in a desperate race to track this down,” the NT’s Deputy Chief Health Officer says. Authorities are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant in Indigenous communities. NT Senator Malarndirri McCarthy says her family is affected by the outbreak.
NT Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.
- In WA, the man wrongly named as a suspect in the Cleo Smith abduction case has launched defamation action against the Seven Network in the state’s Supreme Court. Terrance Flowers, a 27-year-old Nyamal man living in Karratha who uses his mother’s surname of Kelly on Facebook, was mistakenly identified by 7News on November 3 in broadcasts, an online article, a tweet and a Facebook post as the suspect in the case. Seven was alerted to the error on the day of the publications and published an apology online that night. It subsequently apologised on air.
Ngaarda Media spoke with Terrance Flowers, the man wrongfully identified by 7News as the man in police custody over the abduction of Cleo Smith.Credit:Ngaarda Media
- And the ACT recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Four people are in hospital with the virus. One of those four people is in intensive care and is on a ventilator.
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