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A 20-year-old man from Perth’s south has gone from living on the streets to buying a brand new boat after he and his partner won $200,000 from a scratchie.

Jordan Ross and Jayde Hicks found out they won after they went to the Lucky Charm newsagent in Willetton to check their ticket.

CCTV from the store managed to capture the exact moment, with the pair looking at each other in disbelief before throwing their arms around one another.

“When I got it, I was just bawling my eyes out, I was shaking,” Ms Hicks told 9NEWS.

“This money is life changing...I was under so much stress and financial hardship.”

Mr Ross explained he had been living on the streets five years ago, and he and Ms Hicks had been forced to postpone their wedding because of money problems. 9news.com.au
Police chiefs should consider arming Melbourne's officers on the beat with assault rifles, lord mayor Robert Doyle has suggested.

Cr Doyle said it was "not a look I'd particularly enjoy on our streets", but after the explosion that killed 22 people leaving a pop concert in Manchester, Melbourne's general duties officers might need to carry assault weapons.

Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said he would prefer that everyday access to such weapons remained with the force's tactical unit, while Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt called for general duties officers to have "ready access" to long-arm rifles.

Mr Gatt said it doesn't necessarily mean the guns need to be carried at all times, but police should be able to access them in the event of mass shooters or terrorist attacks.

In some jurisdictions, he said, these sorts of weapons are carried in police cars. theage.com.au
Australian tennis legend and Christian pastor Margaret Court has publicly announced she will stop flying Qantas "where possible" in protest at the airline's promotion of gay marriage.

"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage," Perth resident Ms Court said in the letter published in The West Australian newspaper.

"I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.

"Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines were possible for my extensive travelling."

The nation's other major domestic airline Virgin, and its founder Richard Branson, also support gay marriage.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce recently had a pie thrown in his face in front of hundreds of people at a business breakfast in Perth by Tony Overheu, 67. 9news.com.au
Music icon, autotune pioneer and perennial Queen Cher says she is “hoping” to tour both Australia and New Zealand in 2018.

In a sneaky tweet posted today, the singer says, “Hoping 2 do Concerts in Australia & New Zealand In 2018. Will Update.”

Cher last toured Australia in 2005 on ‘Living Proof: The Farewell Tour’, and won over even more Australians last year when she called former Prime Minister Tony Abbott a “twiddle tosser”.

She then endeared herself to Aussies even more by apologising for the remark, even though she didn’t really need to.

Cher released her latest (and 25th!) album Closer To The Truth in 2013, but she’s best known for her hits like ‘Believe’, ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ and ‘Strong Enough’. musicfeeds.com.au
Promoting the idea of 'love in all flavors,' Ice cream giants Ben & Jerry’s are putting up a fight for gay marriage.

Disallowing customers to order two scoops of the same ice cream until Australia legalises gay marriage, the ice cream connoisseurs are taking a stance within the company moto of ‘peace and love’.

“Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favourite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone,” the company wrote. “But you find out you are now allowed… you’d be furious!"

Hoping to catch up with other Western countries on the subject, Ben & Jerry's branded product boxes with blank postal cards, ready for seal and delivery, requesting Parliment make a change. tenplay.com.au
One of Australia's largest vocational education providers, Careers Australia, has been placed into voluntary administration with up to 1,000 staff members stood down immediately without pay.

Classes have also been cancelled for 15,000 students at 13 campuses across the country.

Late on Thursday night, voluntary administrators David McEvoy and Martin Ford of PPB Advisory sent a letter to all staff which has been obtained by the ABC's 7.30 program.

"We do not currently have sufficient funds available to meet payroll and other costs which would allow us to continue trading the Group on a 'business as usual' basis," the letter read.

"Accordingly, we hereby confirm you are stood down effective 25 May 2017 whilst we undertake an urgent assessment of the Group." yahoo.com
"It has been brought to my attention that ... these cattle are actually still alive when their throats are slit," the One Nation leader put to agriculture officials.

While department staff claim all Australian cattle halal slaughtered are stunned beforehand, Senator Hanson insisted she was told otherwise.

Vowing to investigate any concern for animal welfare, Agriculture Officer Narelle Clegg stepped in to clarify the process,

"Animals are alive when they've been stunned. It's just that they're unconscious," Ms Clegg said. "The only difference with halal slaughter is that a reversible stunning method is used, while conventional humane slaughter may use an irreversible stunning method." sbs.com.au
One of Australia’s most wanted men who has been on the run for almost a year was arrested at an upmarket Melbourne hotel.

Piet Luan Ta, 32,  was convicted of drug trafficking and was due to appear at Brisbane Supreme Court in July 2016 for sentencing, but never showed.

The alleged drug kingpin was arrested by police on at The Olsen Hotel in South Yarra on Monday after a nationwide manhunt.

A smirking Mr Ta told 9NEWS he had been “just chilling” for the past 12 months despite being listed as one of the nation’s 19 most wanted criminals in a national campaign last year.

He has now landed in Queensland after being extradited from Melbourne. 9news.com.au
GILLIAN Triggs was today given a wild send-off from the Senate where so often she has been the subject of personal attacks.

A Senate committee hearing broke up in turmoil and jokes about getting “physical” after a prominent Green was ordered out.

And in a significant embarrassment to the government chairman of the committee, the LNP’s Ian Macdonald, later official advice was the expulsion attempt was illegal.

The hearing erupted and could not continue after a clash over questioning, by Liberal Eric Abetz, of departing Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs, a frequent target of government criticism, in the legal and constitutional affairs hearing into Budget matters.

The Greens’ Nick McKim interrupted a question from Senator Abetz and challenged its legitimacy, saying it wasn’t related to the May 9 Budget.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Macdonald, ordered him out of the hearing. news.com.au
A 4WD Hilux ute that killed Alex Theodore, 62, and Junior Saini, 49, when it allegedly ran a red light on Princes Highway following a series of police pursuits this morning was stolen from Mosman almost 24 hours earlier.

The ute was allegedly stolen about 6.30am yesterday but it only came to the attention of police at 4am, when the first of three police pursuits began.

Mr Theodore and Mr Saini were on their way to work at a printing firm when they were hit by the ute, allegedly driven by Raymond Lomas, 34.

The last of the three chases was called off 10 minutes before the ute hit the Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of Princes Hwy and Canal Rd, St Peters, just after 4.30am.

Acting assistant commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said a police car was parked at the intersection before the crash but was not involved in pursuing the stolen ute. dailytelegraph.com.au