Brekky Wrap: Holocaust Survivor, 89, Under Police Guard Amid Death Threats
All the news you need to know this Friday.
A Holocaust survivor, 89, is under police guard in Italy after receiving hundreds of threats on social media. Liliana Segre, who was sent to Auschwitz when she was just 13 years old, has received 200 anti-Semitic messages a day after calling for parliament to establish a committee to combat hate. The threats are so serious, an emergency meeting was called on Wednesday and the committee for security and public order agreed Segre needed protection. An investigation has been launched, with Italy's anti-terror police called in. Segre was made an Italian senator for life by President Sergio Mattarella last January.
Firefighters in NSW are in for another tough day with strong winds expected to fan the flames of bushfires burning across the state. There are 69 blazes burning, more than 30 of which are yet to be contained. A handful of total fire bans are in place. Meantime across the border, extreme fire warnings have been issued for Queensland with temperatures across the south-east to soar towards 40 degrees.
The first funerals have been held for the nine women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen in Mexico. Hundreds gathered at a remote farming community, guarded with Mexican soldiers, to say their final goodbyes. Eight children survived the attack.
Findings from an inquest into the deaths of six young people at NSW music festivals will be handed down today. The coroner is expected to call for changes to the state’s approach to illicit drugs. Many at the inquest called for medically supervised pill testing.
The Prime Minister is considering a royal commission into the mental health of veterans. It comes after Scott Morrison met with the mothers of six ex-Defence personnel who took their own lives after leaving the Australian Defence Force. "I haven't ruled it out, it's something that I am actively considering," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sky News on Thursday night.
A Russian construction worker accused of stabbing a Sydney man to death and injuring another is yet to hand himself in. Vladimir Kondakov hitched a ride to Rockdale after allegedly attacking the 76-year-old property developer and his son at a building site on Wednesday.
Political heavyweights have gathered to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Among the guests celebrating Mr Abbott's 25 years of public life was PM Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. His wife Margie was noticeably absent.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will detail his plan in the lead up to the 2022 election today. It comes after a review put this year's failed campaign down to the unpopularity of Bill Shorten, a cluttered policy agenda and a failure to adapt.
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