State of the NationFriday, March 24, 2017

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►WOLLONGONG:Stephen Grimmer plans to be there when the man accused of taking his sister, Cheryl, from Fairy Meadow beach and killing her in 1970 fronts court today. Read on

Stephen Grimmer.

►LAUNCESTON: The Tasmanian government and farming body has welcomed Food StandardsAustralia and New Zealand’s (FSANZ) decision to recommend low-THC hemp seed products be granted food status.

A government spokesman said the Tasmanian government hadbeen a long-time advocate for the use of low-THC hemp in food as it wouldpresent an economic opportunity for the state’s farmers. Read more

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff, pictured at a Kindred hemp farm, supports FSANZ decision. Picture: Jason Hollister.

►BUNBURY:A mentally ill man whosparked a 12-hour siege in Bunburyand held his chained up friend hostage with a speargun has been sentenced to four years and nine months in a mental health facility.

David Charles Batty, 54, held his friend captive at a park in the state’s south-west in July 2015 – threatening to blow him up with a fake explosive he said was wrapped around his chest. Read on

David Charles Batty sparked a 12 hour siege in Bunbury in July 2015. Photo: Ashley Pearce.

►BENDIGO:The Supreme Courthas heard a man accused of shaking his daughter to death had “no idea” how her injuries happened when interviewed by police.

Joby Anthony Rowe, 24, was questioned by the homicide squad shortly before the death of his daughter, Alanah Rowe, on August 30, 2015.

Mr Rowe has beencharged with child homicide and on Thursday the jury in his trial was playeda video recording of the interview in which he denied hurting the three-month-old. Read on

Joby Rowe (left) arrives at the Supreme Court in Bendigo for his child homicide trial with lawyer, Alex McLennan. Picture: NONI HYETT

►DUBBO: The crew involved with the emergency landing of a flight out of Dubbo have been congratulated for their skill during the incident.

Emergency services were called to Dubbo airport after a Regional Express (REX) flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday morning. There were 26 peopleon board the flight to Sydney when the pilot reported a right engine failure alert. Read on

The aircraft, with 23 passengers and three crew on board, departed Dubbo airport at 9.22am and landed at 10.12am flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday. Photo: File photo

►HORSHAM:A gun store owner believes the duck hunting season is a Wimmera traditionthat needsto continue. Read on

SA: An Eyre Peninsula woman has captured an amazingexample of parental diligence with her video of an adult emu caring for a group of about 40 juveniles. Watch the video here

J and A Shooting Supplies owner Bill Jorgensen. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

National news►VIC: In the past 12 months, 82,800 Australians have moved to Victoria from interstate, around 500 carloads a week. Read more

Marianne Stockham captured this image of an adult emu leading a group of about 40 juveniles at Sleaford on the Eyre Peninsula

►NSW: A man who allegedly impersonated a doctor worked shifts at the Royal North Shore and Mona Vale hospitals, health authorities revealed on Thursday.Shyam Acharya allegedlyassumed the identity of a doctorfrom India – Dr Sarang Chitale – migrated to Australia and was employed by NSW Health between 2003 and 2014. Read on

►VIC:One of Jane Garrett’s former senior advisers is a contender to replace Steve Herbert in the Victorian Parliament, after he sensationally quit politics.Ending a difficult week for the Andrews government, in which furtherpressure was piled on the Premier over the entitlements scandal, Mr Herbert said he “no longer [had] 100 per cent to give” after 15 years in state politics. Read on

►QLD:Queenslanders who lost millions of dollars in the devastating 2011 floods – but whose properties suffered no physical damage – could receive compensation if a second class action against Seqwater is given the go-ahead on Friday morning. Read on

The Bremer River swelling in Ipswich.\ Photo: Glenn Hunt

National weather radarWhat’s coming your way …

International news►LONDON:Major landmarks in the British capital gradually reopened on Thursday afternoon and life began to return to normal, the day after a lone attacker descended on Westminster, killing three and injuring 40 more. Read on

Scenes from central London in the wake of a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Getty Images.

►BEIJING:Chinese media have blown hot and cold on Australia as Premier Li Keqiang arrived for a five-day visit. To its English language audience of diplomats and business people, the state tabloidGlobal Timeshas raised the prospect of cheap Chinese infrastructure opening up Australia’s deserted north. Read on

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang to Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares

►DUBAI:”I was thinking I was going to die that night, I didn’t know what to do.”

The militants came to the town in the dark. The girls, aged between 16 and 18, were at their boarding school, studying for their final exams. From their school dormitory they heard gunshots and men yelling, and they knew it was Boko Haram.

Next month, April 14, marks three years since Islamic extremists from the Boko Haram group stormed the government high school in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria, and abducted 219 girls at gunpoint. Read on

Chibok woman Sara, right, was one of the students abducted by Boko Haram from their high school in April 2014. “Rachel”, left, also from Nigeria said her family was murdered by Boko Haram. Photo: supplied

On This DayOn previous March 24s …

The faces of Australia: Ted TaylorThis was one of Ted Taylor’s earliest memories of growing up in the Snowy Mountains where transport was by horseback, schooling was by correspondence and real-life experiences, friendships were forged through blizzards, and community was as strong as the freezing winds that blew across the mountains in the depths of winter. Read on

Ted Taylor on Jaheel on the summit of Mt Morgan at the border of the ACT and Kozciusko National Park. Photo: Geoff Luther.