Weekly News Wrap – July 1st

By Alyssia Varricchio

It’s been another big week in news with the Federal Election fast approaching and the Rio Olympic Games also on the horizon.

Here are some of the major stories from the week beginning 24 June – 1 July, that you may have missed:

Upcoming Federal Election:

The Federal Election day is tomorrow, Saturday 2 July. It will mark the end of the longest election campaign in sixty years. Google Australia has created an interactive map, providing information on nearest polling booths, directions on how to get there and it also includes what time the booths open and close. Google has also provided users with information on closest sausage sizzles and cake stands within electorates. Here is the link to the map.

Attack on Istanbul Airport kills 44:

Turkey authorities have said the three suicide bombers responsible for killing 44 people at Istanbul’s main airport late Tuesday were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Local media also reported that Turkish police have detained 13 people in connection with the attack. 19 foreign nationals are among those killed, while a further 238 people were injured in the attack.

Seventh Telstra outage this year:

Another Telstra network outage had a widespread effect across Australia on Thursday, causing delays for major Telstra customers. Jetstar travellers were unable to check-in for their flights at Melbourne airport, while more than 60 Myer stores across the nation were forced to be cash-only for six hours. Other companies affected were Officeworks, The Good Guys, Medibank, Monash University, Simply Energy and ME Bank. It marked Telstra’s seventh network outage this year.

Sally Faulkner, Adam Whittington charged:

Australian mother Sally Faulkner has been charged with kidnapping over the failed attempt to bring her two children back from Lebanon. Child recovery agent Adam Whittington was also charged with kidnapping, although criminal conspiracy charges against the pair were dropped. Meanwhile, Nine Network’s 60 Minutes crew – who financed and attempted to film the botched attempt – were charged with the lesser offence of failing to inform the authorities of a criminal act.


Who is in and who is out of Rio Olympic Games?

  • Defending Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson withdraws from the Rio Games because of a hamstring injury.
  • Jason Day, the No. 1 golfer in the world, was the latest player to withdraw from the Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus
  • Australian shooter Michael Diamond was ruled ineligible for Olympic nomination because of firearm and drink driving charges.
  • Australia named its Olympic tennis team with Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova to represent the nation in both women’s singles and doubles events. Meanwhile, Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Millman will contest the men’s singles and Chris Guccione and John Peers will compete in doubles. A decision has not yet been made about mixed doubles.