Brekky blog | Saturday, June 17, 2017

A wind gust catches a scarf at sunset in Launceston's City Park. Picture: Scott Gelston
A wind gust catches a scarf at sunset in Launceston's City Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

News from Tasmania

Launceston weather forecast: The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the morning fog to lift to a partly cloudy day, with a top temperature of 15 degrees. There is the chance of showers before lunchtime. Winds are northwesterly at 15 to 20km/h, turning northerly at 15 to 25km/h in the early afternoon.

The Examiner’s top stories

Support for national gun amnesty The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has welcomed a nationwide firearms amnesty, saying with fewer guns in circulation, community safety could be increased. 

Hawks pitch for AFLW team The Hawthorn Football Club has made official their pitch for an Australian Football League Women’s team, releasing details of their submission to the AFL just before deadline on Friday afternoon.

Dad Dean Withers, mum Vicki Young and 'midwife' Dearne Howe gather around Colby Withers as she celebrates her 18th birthday. Picture: Scott Gelston.

Dad Dean Withers, mum Vicki Young and 'midwife' Dearne Howe gather around Colby Withers as she celebrates her 18th birthday. Picture: Scott Gelston.

Early arrival now an adult In the carpark of the Launceston Airport 18 years ago, Colby Withers made an unexpected and early entry into the world.

Workers lose 7000 tonnes of gravel in mine shaft “We've put 7000 tonnes in and we're trying to find out where it went.”

HIGH FIVE: Tornadoes teammates Tayla Roberts and Olivia Chugg combined on Friday night for 30 valuable points.

HIGH FIVE: Tornadoes teammates Tayla Roberts and Olivia Chugg combined on Friday night for 30 valuable points.

Beat the cold Launceston Tornadoes almost got left in the cold on Friday night, coach Richard Dickel saying extreme chilly conditions inside Canberra’s AIS Training Hall froze his shooters out of the game.

State of the nation

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

Regional news

North Stradbroke Island's Amity Point jetty

North Stradbroke Island's Amity Point jetty

STRADBROKE ISLAND: The people of Redlands have every reason to be disappointed with the state budget, says Cleveland LNP MP Mark Robinson.

Mr Robinson said an infrastructure freeze continued and the budget confirmed the worst fears of workers, businesses, community groups and residents on North Stradbroke Island. Read on.

► MUDGEE: For more than a decade he has a left a trail of broken hearts and diminished bank accounts in his wake, but the law has finally caught up with a notorious Tinder love rat.

Brett Joseph was arrested in Mudgee on Tuesday. Read on. 

Tinder love rat Brett Joseph arrested

Tinder love rat Brett Joseph arrested

► CANBERRA: The NRMA says a full duplication of the crash-prone  Barton Highway is still needed at an estimated cost of up to $1 billion but has "warmly welcomed" the NSW government allocating $50 million for more overtaking lanes on the road. More here.

► BEGA: Former Bega doctor Graeme Reeves breached his duty of care but is not guilty of the manslaughter of a mother who died days after giving birth in 1996, a judge has ruled.

Reeves, who became known as the "Butcher of Bega" after he surgically removed a patient's labia and clitoris without her consent, has been on trial in the NSW District Court over the death of 38-year-old Kerry Ann McAllister. More here.

BALLARAT: An elderly Ballarat woman has lived for three years without hot water, heating or cooking because her registered carer and flatmate failed to pay the gas bill, an aged care outreach worker said. 

The carer disappeared three months ago and the woman in her seventies, who is frequently hospitalised, now faces “imminent homelessness”. More here.

National news

► One of Gillian Triggs' first arguments after she became the nation's human rights protector was not with Tony Abbott, or George Brandis, or Peter Dutton, or the gaggle of media commentators who have spent much of the past five years attacking her. Read on.

► The bullets were meant for their enemies. The people the violent Qaumi brothers feared were capable of toppling a ruthless gang leader.

But at the end of the Brothers for Life gangland war, many casualties were unintended and innocent victims. Full report here.

Brothers for Life gang figures jailed for decades

Brothers for Life gang figures jailed for decades

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World news:

 Washington: Donald Trump has launched a scathing new attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the team he is assembling to investigate "this Russia thing". Read on.

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed away under heavy police guard on Friday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near the Grenfell Tower block in London.

The death toll from the inferno that gutted the building on Wednesday is now up to 30, police said, as they revealed they were looking at possible criminal offences behind the fatal fire. Read on.

Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower from a cherry picker. Photo: Getty Images

Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower from a cherry picker. Photo: Getty Images

FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Mother Moira

If there were more people like Mother Moira Evers, the world would be a better place.

The Anglican Parish of Rutherford/Telarah in NSW was blessed when Mother Moira arrived in the parish four years ago.

She came here with a mission, not just to preach, but to give something to the community and help those less fortunate.

Since her arrival the former Catholic novice nun, has established a food program, helping those in the west who are doing it tough. Read on.

Thank God for Mother Moira Evers who is helping the homeless

Thank God for Mother Moira Evers who is helping the homeless