The mother of seven of the eight children stabbed to death in
Cairns has been arrested.
Taxpayers, including the hostages held at gunpoint by Man
Haron Monis, may have to foot the bill for his funeral
arrangements if no one comes forward to claim his body.
Eight children are dead and a woman is in hospital after a
multiple stabbing in far north Queensland.
Southeast Queensland is mopping up after being battered by a
line of intense thunderstorms that cut power to more than
27,000 homes and businesses.
As flowers pile up in tribute to the Sydney siege victims,
their families now face the heart-breaking task of organising
funerals before Christmas.
Firefighters will take advantage of milder conditions on
Friday as they fight two blazes raging in Victoria's
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered a sweeping
investigation into a deadly hostage siege after tough new
security laws and the courts failed to stop a convicted felon
from walking into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun.
Members of the public observe the thousands of floral
tributes left near the site of the Sydney cafe siege in
One person is missing in central Victoria and people living
in the north east have been warned they are in danger as
bushfires continue to burn out of control in the state.
A victim of the Sydney Siege who reportedly grappled with the
gunman before being killed has been described by his parents
as the best son they could have wished for.
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