The Headlines: Babes, the Federal ICAC Bill Got Through the Senate

Some hump days are taller, sharper, and humpier than others. So, if you’re having a rough as guts Wednesday, take a moment for yourself before diving back into the workweek. And if you need an excuse for a cheeky pause, here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill Passes the Senate

On November 29, the Federal Government got its National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) one step closer to becoming a reality. This is because a bill regarding its formation passed through the Senate.

If created, the NACC will investigate corruption on a national parliamentary level. It’ll even have the power to take on ministers and parliamentarians. Basically, this body will be a Federal ICAC in everything but name.

The bill will now return to the House of Representatives to get some minor changes approved. It’ll then bounce to the Senate, and some think it has a good chance of passing again. If this all goes smoothly, the NACC will transform from being an abstract acronym into an actual thing.

The Outback Wrangler Has Been Charged

A guy named Matt Wright has recently become the centre of attention for the following facts:

  • Being the host of The Outback Wrangler: A programme where he captures crocodiles and buffalos.
  • Having a co-worker named Chris Wilson die in a Robinson R44 helicopter crash. Wilson was hanging from a 30-metre rope collecting crocodile eggs in the Northern Territory when this incident happened.
  • Being charged by the Northern Territory police for allegedly interfering with the state’s helicopter crash investigation. He has been charged with perverting the course of justice, destroying evidence, and fabricating evidence, amongst others.

Yesterday, the Northern Territory police wanted Wright at 9:00am sharp so he could be handed down the aforementioned chargers. Instead, Wright turned himself in at around 2:00pm.

Wright has since been granted bail. However, he has to reside at a certain address and cannot contact some people. He’s expected to attend the Darwin Local Court today.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Wright said, “Matt strenuously denies any wrongdoing. What happened was a tragic accident that took the life of a close mate.”

Related: Who Is the Outback Wrangler?

Related: Scientists Discover Massive Ancient Crocodiles Used to Roam Queensland

Amy Lee’s Reverse Advent Calendars: A Plan to Help Those In Need

In 2021, a Mudgee local named Amy Lee really felt for the folks in her community that were struggling to get by. So, instead of doing nothing, Lee teamed up with a shop called We Care to distribute reverse advent calendars. And she’s doing it again this year.

With a typical advent calendar, you score a little treat or gift on the first 24 days of December. With a reverse advent calendar, you instead put a small item or non-perishable food into a hamper for the first 24 days of December. These hampers are then provided to those in need on Christmas.

“The more people we can help in Australia, the better,” said Lee.

“At the moment, I’m in a position where I’m fortunate enough to be able to help people, but next year I might be down on my luck and I might need assistance. And it’s great to know that there is that assistance out there.”

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