Warning: This article features explicit details of physical child abuse that could be triggering for some readers. It also contains the name of an Indigenous person who has died.
The Cassius Turvey Case Developments
In some heavy but vital news, three additional people have been charged with the murder of the Noongar Yamatji kid Cassius Turvey.
The apparently racially motivated attack on this Indigenous child and his friends captured the nation’s attention, anger, and empathy later year as cries for justice were made at rallies held across the country.
The police are now alleging that Brearley wasn’t alone during said attack. A 27-year-old man, a 24-year-old man, and a 20-year-old woman have now also been charged with murder.
These three individuals are all expected to attend the Magistrates Court of Western Australia on January 20.
Why Kokkinakis and Murray’s Australian Open Match Got GOATed
Multiple publications have called Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ Australian Open match one for the history books. This is because, in the third set, Murray was two points from losing but refused to concede. He then fought back to win that set. And then another. And then another.
After five hours and 45 minutes of intense play, at 4:05 am, Murray was declared the victor.
“I don’t know. It was unbelievable that I managed to turn that round,” said Murray.
“Thanasi was playing, I mean, serving unbelievable, hitting his forehand huge, and I don’t know how I managed to get through it. I did start playing better as the match went on. And yeah, I have a big heart.”
However, Murray was also critical of the match. He didn’t appreciate the fact that the Australian Open allowed the game to continue until 4:05 am.
“I don’t know who it’s beneficial for,” said Murray.
“Rather than the discussion being about an epic Murray-Kokkinakis match, it ends in a bit of a farce. If I had a ball kid who is coming home at 5:00 am, I’m snapping at that. iIt’s not beneficial for them, the umpires, the officials, I don’t think it’s amazing for the fans or good for players.”
Unpacking the Wildlife Trust Saving Endangered Butterflies
A wildlife trust in Victoria’s Wimmera has just reported having the largest population of a critically endangered butterfly. According to the Wetland Revival Trust, 500 Eltham copper butterflies have been vibing in this area.
As the Wetland Revival Trust’s Elaine Bayes said, “Eltham copper butterfly numbers at the two very small known populations in the Wimmera were at much higher densities than in north central Victoria where we had been searching.”
This ecologist has also developed a guide for finding this endangered species.
“They’re actually really hard to see, which is another reason they’re probably rare,” said Bayes.
“When they’ve got their wings closed, they disappear… They’re very dull underneath. But when they open their wings and bask in the sun, then you get to see this coppery gold centre of their wings.”
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