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1. Mother accused of murdering 21-month-old daughter to face trial.
A Brisbane mother is facing nine charges including murder of her 21-month-old daughter.
Ashleigh Meagan Watterson, 29, had manslaughter charges upgraded to murder before Supreme Court.
Ashleigh Meagan Watterson, 29, had manslaughter charges upgraded to murder before Supreme Court. Via Twitter
Watterson, who is on bail and was not in court, faces nine charges – one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault, and one count of grievous bodily harm over death of her daughter, Sarah Jade Watterson on March 20, 2012, at Rothwell, north of Brisbane.
Watterson’s lawyer Eugene O’Sullivan told the court he had obtained an “informal” medical report which states the baby “died of natural causes, breathing difficulties” reports The Courier Mail.
But prosecutors say up to 15 specialist pediatricians will prove Watterson killed the baby girl.
Mr O’Sullivan said he wished to challenge the admissibility of Watterson’s “alleged confession” to police “well after she was charged with attempted murder” saying she was “not mentally fit to do that interview … so we want that kicked out,”
“It’s not a confession, it’s a comment."
Justice Boddice said the trial, which is set to run for three weeks with 120 witnesses to be called, would be provisionally listed for February 2017.
2. Labor candidate Christian Kunde drops out of election race after links to extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir uncovered.
A NSW Labor candidate in the seat of Farrer, has dropped out of the race after his connection to extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir was uncovered by The Daily Telegraph.
Mr Kunde has also given speeches comparing gay marriage and marrying a family member.
Christian Kunde had written an opinion piece for the ABC defending the extremist group's Australian spokesman, Uthman Badar.
“In many articles... Uthman has been labelled an "advocate of honour killings", he wrote.
“He has been variously branded a "supporter of terrorism," as well as an "extremist" and a "fundamentalist".
“I should say that I know Uthman Badar personally. He is a brilliant economics graduate, who won the Premier's Award for all round achievement in his Higher School Certificate. Moreover, he is a husband, father, trusted friend and cricket enthusiast.
“The title "Cricket playing father" is unlikely to garner much attention in a headline, so "honour killing advocate" is chosen instead.”
Mr Kunde told The Daily Telegraph that he was not homophobic and his words were being misconstrued.
Mr Kunde issued a statement last night saying he’d step down in the interests of the party.
“I am not homophobic and I believe in Australian democracy. I disagree with the way my comments are being reported, in fact this distortion is exactly what I have warned about,” he said. “After consideration and consultation with my family I have opted to stand aside as an endorsed Labor representative as I do not wish to distract from Labor’s campaign.”
3. Newspoll shows parties tied 50/50.
The latest Newspoll out today shows that the two parties are neck and neck.
The Coalition's primary vote has increased slightly at 41 per cent while Labor is also up one per cent at 36 per cent. It remains below the 45.6 per cent won by the Tony Abbott-led Coalition at the last election.