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1. Raw milk led to death of three-year-old child.

A three-year-old boy who died from gastro symptoms most probably died from drinking unpasteurized milk a coroner has heard.

The Victorian Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that the toddler’s father told police he had given his son small amounts of Mountain View Organic Bath Milk on rare occasions in the months leading up to his October 2014 death.

The Herald Sun reports that a Department of Health investigation, a forensic pathologist’s report and a subsequent outbreak of illnesses among four other children who drank the raw milk had all established its consumption as being the likely cause of the tragedy.

In the weeks following the death the Department ordered tests on samples from 39 bottles of Mountain View dairy milk Via Twitter.

Coroner Audrey Jamieson yesterday said she was satisfied issues that would have warranted a full hearing into the death had already been dealt with and she could make a determination on the balance of probabilities.

Coroner’s solicitor Rebecca Cohen told the court the three-year-old had been a healthy child until suffering gasto symptoms on September 30, 2014, and being admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred to Monash Medical Centre on October 6, where it was found his entire large bowel was infected, tragically he died in hospital.

The court heard that an autopsy was consistent with tests taken during the toddler’s medical treatment, finding the same genetic traces in his bowel from a rare and dangerous infection stemming from ecoli bacteria that can be present in raw milk.

In the weeks following the death the Department ordered tests on samples from 39 bottles of Mountain View dairy milk and found that shiga toxin which produces ecoli bacteria was cultured in one sample.

An investigation said that while HUS infections were usually an “exceptionally rare occurrence” it was dealing with two non-fatal cases at the same time as the death and all three children had consumed the same unpasteurised milk.

Ms Cohen said that at no time was there any suggestion Mountain View Farm breached regulations, and no prosecution had even been considered against the producer.

A lawyer representing Mountain View Farm said she wanted to review a hospital form in which the boy’s parents listed everything he had consumed, so the coroner granted her seven days to put forward any additional information.

2. Mother accused of murdering her 3 kids by driving into lake received death threats from wife of their father.

A Victorian mum accused of murdering her three children received death threats from the wife of their father, a court has heard.

Akon Guode, 37, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder after allegedly driving her car with her children inside into a lake in April last year.

Her three children, Bol 16 months old, and twins Hanger and Madit, 4 died.

A court has heard that the mother of seven was struggling in her community with gossip about her affair with the father of four of her children.

Court documents state Ms Guode became the mistress of her dead husband’s cousin Joseph Manyang in 2008 she then had several children with him while he was still married.


Ms Guode’s daughter Akoi Chabiet told a pre-trial hearing the wife of Mr Manyang made repeated threats to kill her mother, coming to the family home on one occasion and bashing on the door.

“She was saying she was going to burn our house and was going to kill our mother,” she said.

According to News Limited Ms Guode was shunned by the Sudanese community over the affair.

Ms Chabiet, 19,  also told the court that her mother was so sick after the birth of her youngest sibling, Bol, that she helped care for the four children.

She said that Ms Guode had also become distant with her children

"She wasn't interacting with us as much," she said. "She would just be watching TV or staying in her room. She was just like sitting, like laying down."

"She got dizzy randomly, sometimes when she got the headaches," she said.

Ms Chabiet told teachers that she was worried about her mother. "To me she looked sick, she wasn't eating as much and she was just sleeping a lot," She also told the court that overdue bill notices and mail from debt collectors had also started to appear reports The Age.

3. Same sex marriage plebiscite could see PM rolled.

Tony Abbott's former chief-of-staff Peta Credlin has warned of a "schism" in the Coalition over its same-sex marriage plebiscite plan and has told Sky News that it could threaten Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership.

Ms Credlin predicted the legislation needed to hold the plebiscite could fail to pass the Parliament, and said the government have no "plan B."

"How does it play out? Because no one on the government side has been very comprehensive and straight about the plebiscite,” she said.

It is very likely it [the enabling legislation] will be opposed by the Greens and Labor and Labor has got stronger in this campaign, not weaker.

"The government might claim a mandate but if Labor block it and the Greens block it in the upper house, what is plan B?

"All you hear from government ministers is 'we'll cross that bridge when we come to it'."

She said Mr Turnbull would make a "cursory attempt" at passing the enabling legislation “ if the Coalition win the election.

The issue would be "difficult on all fronts" for Liberal and National MPs, some of whom oppose changes to the Marriage Act and even the plebiscite itself.

"I think it will be a very big schism inside the Liberal Party going back to territory of 2009," Ms Credlin said.

"Malcolm knows that very well because that's where he lost his leadership. I think it will also cause enormous stresses within the Coalition."

"He'll have a fight on his backbench and he'll have a fight in his base," Credlin said.

4. Katrina Dawson hit seven times by police bullet fragments during Sydney siege.

Hostage Katrina Dawson was hit by seven police bullet fragments in the shootout that ended the Lindt cafe siege an inquest into the Lindt café siege has heard.


The inquest hard that Katrina Dawson was killed as she hid under a chair while police fired at Man Monis.

In the first time Ms Dawson’s injuries have been detailed it was revealed that she was struck in the right shoulder, right upper back, left shoulder, left upper back, upper back neck area and twice in the right side of her neck.

Ms Dawson was in the corner close to Monis and was found still alive, lying face down.

One of the chairs she hid under was hit 10 times in a downward direction ballistics expert Lucas Van der Walt said.

She died later from her injuries.

5. Post referendum racism in the UK following Brexit.

There has been an upswing in racial abuse in the United Kingdom following its referendum to leave the European Union.

There are fears the Leave vote has served to vindicate racist views as a growing number of people report incidents of racial harassment.

On social media, people are using the hashtag #PostRefRacism to share their encounters.

One Londoner Karissa Singh set up a Facebook page to draw attention to the issue.

She writes: "On the Friday following Brexit my brother and I were harassed by a middle-aged white man, who approached us while we were having a drink to tell us that 'we would never be true British', and that 'he didn't care if we were here to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or whatever, just go back and do it in your own country'"

"This was in the middle of the day, in broad daylight, in a fairly crowded student bar.

"Following this, I heard from several friends who had experienced similar incidents of racism — direct, unashamed and almost righteous in its expression.

"I decided to set up a space to document these aggressions, to combat their normalisation, and encourage people to call out such incidents.”

In some areas, Polish born residents have faced discrimination with notes saying "Leave the EU, no more Polish vermin" in letterboxes.

The Polish Embassy in London released a statement yesterday: "We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other UK residents of migrant heritage," the statement read.

"We call on all Polish nationals who fall victim of xenophobic abuse and on all witnesses to report such incidents to local authorities."

A spokeswoman for UK Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the intimidation of migrants at a press conference saying the UK would not tolerate intolerance.

6. US Supreme Court throws out restrictive Texas abortion laws.

The US Supreme Court has struck down a 2013 Texas abortion law that imposed restrictive regulations on the procedure.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to maintain hospital-like conditions.

Critics argued the measure restricts access to abortions.


The dramatic 5-3 ruling occurred on Monday, and is being dubbed the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades.

There is also a belief it could serve to deter other states from passing so-called “clinic shutdown” laws.

Renal Vonwijk, 23, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, told the BBC that if the Texas laws were upheld, the only two abortion clinics in her hometown would close.

"There would be nowhere to get an abortion," she said. "You would have to travel to a city many miles away, or cross the border into Mexico."

7. 82-year-old grandmother turned down $26 million for her suburban home.

An 82-year-old grandmother has knocked back $26 million for her five-bedroom property, which sits on 2,500sqm block of land, at Castle Hill in northwestern Sydney.

Ruth as she is known has owned the home for more than five decades.

She told The Daily Mail that the money is “irrelevant’” to her.

'My second oldest son told me you were very lucky and we were very fortunate. Well there's all this land and it's a lot of money [$26,000 million], but I think they shouldn't be allowed to charge the prices they do, it's awful,” she said.

She said she would never sell to developers and couldn't care less what her property is worth.

“We're in a society where everyone just thinks about money. And I'm not into money. It's awful to think about it. People would ask "what job do you do" and I think you should just like a person for who they are - I couldn't care less for what they do or how much money they've got.”

The house is 200 metres from the site of the upcoming rail station and near a consolidated block of five properties on Garthowen Crescent that sold in late 2014 to developers for $20.5 million.

She told Fairfax Media “I have no intention of leaving. Of course it’s a lot of money, and my children would love me to sell, but it’s irrelevant to me. Things are changing, I can see that happening, and I think I will be lonely here in a way when the neighbours move out and they pull their houses down. But money isn’t everything.”

“Why would I leave?” she said. “Where would I go? I’m very happy here. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be. This is my home.”

8. Winter has finally arrived.

After an extended warm patch the cold weather has well and truly arrived. Yesterday Melbourne shivered through its coldest day of the year so far. Temperatures hit only 10.4 degrees about 3pm.

A maximum of 15 degrees is forecast for Tuesday, while a top of 14 degrees is expected on Wednesday.

In Sydney it was the coolest June day in 21 years.  Sydney's maximum temperature for Monday reached just 11.7 degrees, however temperatures should reach 18 degrees today.

In Queensland sleet was noted at Stanthorpe according to Higgins Storm Chasers.

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