All The News You May Have Missed During The #Libspill Media Eclipse
There has been much more happening than the leadership squabbles of Canberra.
This week in politics has been wild to say the very least.
But there's a lot of other stuff happening -- in the nation and the world -- that needs serious action, as Nationals MP Darren Chester highlighted on Twitter.
There's been plenty of other things happening around the world that you may have missed during the #Libspill media eclipse. Here is a wrap of some of the main ones.
Hurricane Lane In Hawaii
Hurricane Lane is fast approaching Hawaii's Big Island. Torrential downpours from the category four storm are battering the island as it approaches and it's predicted the storm will also affect smaller surrounding islands including Maui and Oahu.
Rainfall of up to 76 centimetres is predicted in some areas, which have increased the threat of flash floods and landslides and winds of up to 230 km/h have been reported near the storm's centre.
President Donald Trump has issued an emergency declaration in the state of Hawaii.
As the storm approaches people have raced to stockpile supplies, worked to protect their homes and take shelter as the storm thunders towards the shore. Sixteen emergency centres have been opened and over 280 people from across the island have taken refuge in them.
The storm is expected to be downgraded from category four before it makes landfall.
Former NRL Star Lance Thompson Found Dead
Former Dragons and Sharks forward Lance Thompson was found dead in his Cronulla apartment on Thursday evening. It is thought Thompson's 17-year-old daughter found his body and police said there was no evidence of self-harm from the first part of their investigation.
Thompson's football career spanned 13 years from 1995-2007. He played 201 games for the St. George Illawarra Dragons before he left to play for the Cronulla Sharks in 2005.
The 40-year-old was running a restaurant inside Wollooware Golf Club at the time of his death.
Kathleen Folbigg Murder Case Inquiry Ordered
An inquiry into the conviction of Kathleen Folbigg, one of Australia's most infamous serial killers, was ordered by the NSW Governor on Wednesday. Folbigg is currently serving a 30 year sentence for killing her four children between 1989-1990.
The inquiry will look into the evidence used to convict Folbigg of the crime and will especially look at the evidence based on whether three unexplained deaths can occur within the same family.
"Today’s decision is not based on any assessment of Ms Folbigg’s guilt," Attorny General Mark Speakman said on Wednesday.
"The petition appears to raise a doubt or question concerning evidence as to the incidence of reported deaths of three or more infants in the same family attributed to unidentified natural causes in the proceedings leading to Ms Folbigg’s convictions."
The Queen Donated To The Drought Appeal
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have made a private donation to Australian farmers as they battle worst drought in 50 years. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Queen expressed her sadness at the situation.
“Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to hear of one of the worst Australian droughts in living memory,” The Queen said in the statement.
“I know Australia as a land where extremes of weather, floods and droughts are taken in their stride, and life goes on with a stoic and determined spirit."
“It is clear, however, that the current drought is taking an immense toll, especially on those living and working in rural communities, who are, in so many ways, the very heart and soul of Australia.”
The amount of money donated to the appeal has not been publicly revealed.
Sydney Health Alert Issued After Measles Outbreak
The NSW Health Ministry has called for people to vaccinate their children after an unvaccinated child contracted measles after arriving in Sydney.
The child was travelling from South-East Asia and a week after arriving in Sydney became ill with the deadly infection. The child visited a number of key Sydney attractions while it was infectious. These included Circular Quay, Taraonga Zoo and Chinatown. The child also visited Canberra, Jindabyne and Perisher.
According to NSW Health, 94 percent of five-year-olds have been vaccinated -- which are the highest levels ever, but they warned measles is highly contagious when a person or child is infectious.
Trump Says U.S. Economy Would Crash If He Was Impeached
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that an attempt to impeach him would threaten the American economy.
"If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor," Mr Trump told Fox News.
Earlier this week, Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of fraud and now faces life in jail, while Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to a number of charges that have stemmed from the hush-money paid to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Trump has denied the money paid to the women came from campaign funds.
To add to all this, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has renewed his criticism of the president, blaming him for corruption of the Justice Department.
"I put in an Attorney-General who never took control of the Justice Department," Mr Trump said.
Sessions, in response to Trump, issued a statement defending his department.
"I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in," he said.
UK Warns On 'No-Deal' Brexit
Britain's new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has used his first major speech since stepping into the role to outline how a 'no-deal' Brexit would be managed.
Raab said that while the event of a no-deal Brexit would be "unlikely" businesses would face more customs control and customers would face higher card payment charges. He also said Britons could face medicine shortages if an exit deal with Brussels isn't reached.
The British Government has been struggling to come to an agreement with the European Union about the terms with which they will leave the bloc. The negotiating phrase for the UK and the EU ends on March 29, 2019.
If terms are not agreed, Brexit would become immediate but Britain would be liable to pay a $78 billion divorce bill to the EU.
The Big Bang Theory Announced Its End
Popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory announced on Thursday that its 12th season will be the last. The last season will premier in September and the finale -- the show's 279th episode will air early 2019.