Sam Dastyari warns white nationalism on the rise after pub ambush by far-right group
(Translation of the news appears in Arabic section)
Melbourne: Labor senator Sam Dastyari has warned of a rise in white nationalism after he was ambushed by members of a far-right group who labelled him a "terrorist" and a "monkey".
Senator Dastyari, who was born in Iran and identifies as a non-practising Muslim, was confronted by members of the nationalist Patriot Blue group at a Melbourne pub last night during an event for his book tour.
A video posted to the group's Facebook page begins with one of the men confronting Senator Dastyari.
"You terrorist, you little monkey," he taunts.
"Look at this terrorist mate, why don't you go back to Iran."
The uncomfortable clip runs for almost four minutes, with the men following Senator Dastyari to his table to continue the harassment.
"Mate, you're a bunch of racists go away," Senator Dastyari responds at one point.
Greenacre school deaths: Father of boy killed in crash forgives driver from inside son's hearse
Sydney: The father of a boy killed on Tuesday in the horrific Sydney school car crash has appeared on social media alongside an undertaker saying the family forgives the driver.
Ahmad Hraichie, whose profile says he is an undertaker, posted a live Facebook video on Thursday afternoon from a hearse, which had the eight-year-old boy's coffin in the back.
Mr Hraichie translates for the boy's father sitting next to him in the front of the car.
"We have a special message here for the lady that was involved in the accident," he said, referring to 52-year-old driver Maha Al-Shennag.
"The father said that all this stuff happening about the threats to lady and the abuse is not from them.
"No retaliation is coming from the family of the boy. They have forgiven.
Community mourns school deaths
'This could have been me': Lakemba MP Jihad Dib
Sydney: Behind the tears from unimaginable grief and hovering above the makeshift shrine at the front gates of Banksia Road Public School, a sense of quiet determination is already enveloping the people of Greenacre.
Less than 24 hours after two eight-year-old boys were killed and three girls seriously injured when an airborne SUV ploughed into their 50-year-old classroom, the school of 570 pupils was back open for learning. And for grieving.
Year four student Marian Issmail and her mother Khadige speak after a car smashed into a Sydney classroom at Banksia Road Primary School killing two boys.
"It is a close-knit community but it is also a community made up of a lot of children and I think a lot of people are just thinking 'this could have been me," Lakemba MP Jihad Dib said on Wednesday.
"It has really ripped through the community but in this immensely difficult time it is also showing just what this community is all about, and that is heart-warming.
Why Facebook wants nude photos from Australian users
Sydney: Facebook's latest attempt to wipe revenge porn off its platform: asking users to send their own nude photos.
The Australian government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced it is joining a pilot program with Facebook to prevent intimate images of users from appearing against their will on the social network's platform.
PM says Labor not fair dinkum on citizenship
Canberra: Malcolm Turnbull has turned up the heat on Bill Shorten after the Labor leader refused to toe the line on the prime minister's plan to end the citizenship saga engulfing parliament.
Mr Shorten insists MPs be given five days rather than the three weeks Mr Turnbull wants to clarify their citizenship status.
Nor is Labor prepared to have parliament recalled in the week before Christmas to consider the declarations of MPs.
'(Shorten) wants to exploit this issue, he wants to prolong that, he does not want to resolve it,' Mr Turnbull told the Seven Network, a day after the pair to discuss the issue.
Aust Super to grow in China
Sydney: Australian superannuation funds are expected to increase their investment in China over the next five to 10 years as Chinese capital markets open up and attract around half a trillion US dollars of foreign money.
HSBC's chief executive for Greater China, Helen Wong, says it's expected foreign funds will flow into China via the newly launched Bond Connect - including from Australia which has the world's fourth-largest pool of pension savings - and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Exchange will likely hit $US500 billion within a decade.
"As Australian superannuation funds outgrow local capital markets, they will increasingly need to look overseas - and China represents an attractive destination," Ms Wong told the Australia China Conference in Sydney on Thursday.