Brekky Wrap: Warnings Over Scam 'Emergency' Text Messages

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, 25, has been released from detention in Thailand and is on his way home to Australia. Hakeem was arrested in Bangkok two months ago, wanted in  Bahrain over claims he vandalised a Police station in 2012. His case has now been dropped.

READ MORE: Hakeem Al-Araibi Freed And Coming Home After Thai Court Drops Extradition Case

Labor is toughening its stance on the medical transfer of asylum seekers. MP’s have agreed to changes to the bill, that would give a minister the power to stop those currently in offshore detention from being evacuated to Australia on ‘character’ grounds. The issue is expected to dominate parliament on Tuesday.

READ MORE: 'I Wish I Died In The Boat': Refugees Forgotten In Debate Over Medical Transfer Bill

Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel, 53, is fighting for life in hospital after being stabbed inside a Victorian jail. Mokbel was set upon by two other inmates at Barwon Prison late Monday afternoon.

READ MORE: Tony Mokbel 'Critical' After Prison Stabbing

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a warning after a spate of fake text messages asking for emergency help. The messages have been sent from phone numbers not already in a person's contact list and might read ‘Please call me back right away. It is an Emergency I need your help!’ People who have called the number back have been verbally abused by a recording on the other end. This issue is emerging and is currently being investigated.

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There's a warning about scam emergency text messages. Image: Getty Images.

The royal commission into Australia’s aged care system continues on Tuesday. The inquiry has heard of the need for a national database of carers to prevent ongoing abuse.

READ MORE: Will The Royal Commission Restore Faith In The Aged Care System?

NSW is waking up to a total fire ban. Hot and windy conditions are expected on Tuesday, keeping firefighters on high alert.

Michelle Carter will serve out her 15-month jail sentence immediately, after she was convicted for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. Carter was convicted in 2017 and applied to serve her jail time at a later date but the judge ruled this out, after allowing Carter to remain free during the sentencing period.

READ MORE: Michelle Carter To Serve 15-Month Sentence Immediately In Texting Suicide Case

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Michelle Carter will serve out her sentence immediately. Image: Getty Image.

Senior US lawmakers are meeting to thrash out a spending bill in the hopes of avoiding another partial government shutdown. Democratic and Republican negotiators are hoping to reach a deal.

Pat Cummins and Alyssa Healy have been crowned the best male and female players at the Australian Cricket awards. Spinner Nathan Lyon was named Test player of the year.

READ MORE: Pat Cummins Wins Cricket's Allan Border Medal, Alyssa Healy Clean Sweep Of Women's Awards

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