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  •   Home > News > International

    Sydney news: Sydney council may scrap Australia Day, a woman dies after school bus crash

    MORNING BRIEFING: A Labor mayor urges recognition of the "deep hurt" January 26 represents for Indigenous Australians, and a woman dies after being hit by a school bus full of children.

    Here's what you need to know this morning.

    Sydney's Inner West may #ChangeTheDate

    Sydney's Inner West Council will vote on scrapping January 26 as the date for Australia Day celebrations.

    It's a move the Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne said recognised the "deep hurt" the date represented for Aboriginal people.

    However he said citizenship ceremonies would still be conducted on January 26.

    But Independent councillor Victor Macri said he would vote against changing the date, calling it divisive.

    Millions spent on government contractors

    The NSW Government spent $1.5 billion on contractors and short-term workers last financial year, up 75 per cent from 2013.

    A Transport spokesman attributed the increase in part to short-term projects like "Sydney Metro, light-rail and motorways", which required short term staff.

    The NSW Government is ignoring over a thousand recommendations, contained in a report by the NSW Auditor-General.

    Woman dies after school bus crash

    A 35-year-old woman has died after being struck by a bus full of schoolchildren in Adamstown in Newcastle.

    NSW Police said emergency services responded to a call about 3:30pm after reports of a school bus driving through an intersection and colliding with about five other vehicles.

    Inspector Shane Buggy said it was unclear if the woman was crossing the road at the time and children on the bus were unharmed.

    "I can say none of them are physically injured — obviously they're shaken up by the ordeal," he said.

    Coming-of-age flick Emu Runner released tomorrow

    A feature film shot in far-western New South Wales is hitting cinemas across the country tomorrow.

    The makers of Emu Runner cast Brewarrina locals in the film, including the lead female character Gem played by 11-year-old Rhae-Kye Waites.

    Gem finds comfort after her mother's death by befriending an emu, her family's totem animal.

    Wayne Blair, who directed The Sapphires (2012), and Logie Award winning actor and writer Rob Carleton also acted in the film.

    Director Imogen Thomas said it had been well received on the international film festival circuit.

    Man charged after Alexandria stabbing

    Bail has been refused for a man accused of stabbing his colleague multiple times outside an inner-Sydney council facility.

    About 2:00pm yesterday, emergency services were called to an industrial site near the Alexandria Canal depot after reports that a 22-year-old man had been stabbed multiple times.

    The victim was taken to St Vincent's Hospital where he remains in a serious condition and another 23-year-old man was taken to Mascot Police Station.

    He was charged with wounding a person with an intent to cause grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in Central Local Court today.

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