Evening News Bulletin 16 September 2023

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  • Dymocks confirms a major data breach of its customers’ personal information;
  • Yes and no rallies held across Australia on the Indigenous voice to Parliament;
  • A landmark class action over allegations of racism in the A-F-L.
A teenage boy is in a coma after allegedly being dragged by a car through the streets of western Sydney.
He is reported to be in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Hospital.
New South Wales Police say the 15 year old was allegedly dragged by a vehicle through two roads in Blacktown before falling from the car outside a petrol station.
A 19 year old man has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving over the incident.
Australia says it will provide a million dollars in humanitarian assistance to Libya following devastating floods in northern Africa that are feared to have killed up to 20,000 people.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong has released a statement confirming the funding.
The statement says the humanitarian assistance will be used to provide food, water, blankets and medical supplies to those who are most vulnerable, and will be delivered through the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
“In addition to today’s announcement, Australia is a longstanding donor to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. And the UN has announced $10 million from the fund to support the humanitarian response”.
A large rally has been held in Adelaide today in support of the yes vote in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum.
Despite polls indicating that South Australia and other states are now in the no majority camp, Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth has said the turnout at today’s rally was proof that the voice had overwhelming community support.
She says the state has always led the way in progressive reforms.
“We had the first place to give women the vote. We appointed the first Indigenous governor. South Australia was critical in the 1967 referendum. We have now the first state to have legislated already a South Australian voice to parliament, led of couse by minister Kyam Maher. And we will see South Australia playing such a critical role in this referendum coming up.”
Meanwhile the opposition’s spokesperson on Indigenous Affairs, Jacinta Price, has attended told a No campaign event in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon.
She says she expects the next month of campaigning to be difficult.
“Ultimately, it is the ground game now. These weeks are going to be tough. We need Australians out there on polling booths, handing out the information to let Australians know why it is so important to deliver a No vote.”
Bookselling giant Dymocks has confirmed it was the subject of a major data breach.
Dymocks originally emailed customers warning of a possible cyberattack.
It has now sent a second message saying it has established 1.24 million customer contact records were stolen and made available on the dark web.
Dymocks says no sensitive information such as credit card details were taken, but information such as names, addresses, phone and email details, and dates of birth, were stolen.
The heat is building up along the east coast of Australia, with temperatures expected to reach highs of 10 to 15 degrees above the average in some parts of New South Wales over the coming days.
Sydney’s CBD is forecast to reach 32 degrees Celsius today, and for the coming week, a run of at least five days above 30 degrees is expected.
Inland parts of the state will also experience elevated temperatures in the low 30’s for the next few days.
But the warmer spring weather has not put off beachgoers, with crowds heading to popular beaches along the east coast, including these women at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

WOMAN 1: “It’s crazy it’s still September and it’s so hot. We’re Irish. So we’ve come from the US, but yeah, it’s crazy.”

REPORTER: “And what was the driving factor to come down to the beach this morning, ladies?

WOMAN 2: “To cool down in the water.”
Seven Indigenous former A-F-L players have launched a class action against the football code, alleging years of unchecked racism within the sport has left them with severe trauma.
Former North Melbourne great Phil Krakouer is the face of the suit, with the other six players still unnamed.
Lawyer Michel Margalit says players are seeking compensation for an alleged lack of duty of care.
“Our claim alleges that the impact of this racial vilification had life-long consequences. They suffered significant pain and suffering, and that this remains with them to date… And even though in recent times there have been more significant steps… the AFL has really failed in enforcing the policies.”
The code has come under fire in recent years over allegations it has failed to address racism in the past.

In 2021, Collingwood released a report finding a culture of “structural racism” under the leadership of former president Eddie McGuire at the club, eventually leading to his resignation.

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