Australia breaking news today, latest headlines live December 13 … – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Two young officers who were among six people killed in an execution-style ambush and siege at a rural Queensland property "did not stand a chance", the police commissioner says. The Prime Minister called it a "devastating day". Milk prices have risen at the fastest rate since records began, a new report has found. The thunderstorm that hammered Sydney yesterday is "just the start" of more extreme weather to come this summer, authorities warn. And overseas, Iran has executed a second prisoner convicted over crimes committed during the nationwide protests, publicly hanging him from a crane.
Two police officers among six shot dead at Queensland property
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Milk surges in price after year of rain, floods and rising inflation
Extreme weather to hit Australia this summer
We're going to close off the 9News.com.au blog for today now. Here's what made headlines throughout the day.
Two young officers who were among six people killed in an execution-style ambush and siege at a rural Queensland property "did not stand a chance", the state's police commissioner said.
Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow were ambushed and shot dead at the rural Queensland property while conducting a routine welfare check on a missing person yesterday. Neighbour Alan Dare, 58, was also shot dead after attending the property amid the commotion.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his condolences to the victims' families and called it a "devastating day".
Australia's financial watchdog began suing a group of former and current high-level executives at The Star over alleged money laundering protocol breaches.
The casino operator's chairperson, Ben Heap, announced he will step down from his position early next year as a result, as will fellow director Katie Lahey.
Authorities have warned the thunderstorm that hammered Sydney yesterday is "just the start" of more extreme weather to come this summer.
A new report has found milk prices have risen at the fastest rate since records began.
And overseas, Iran has executed a second prisoner convicted over crimes committed during the nationwide protests, publicly hanging him from a crane.
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Star Entertainment chairman Ben Heap will step down in early 2023 after Australia's financial watchdog announced it will sue him and ten other former and current high-level executives from the casino operator.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) this morning started civil penalty proceedings against 11 Star Entertainment directors and officers.
In a statement this afternoon, the Star announced Heap and director Katie Lahey – the current directors subject to the legal proceedings – will step down once new directors are appointed and "appropriate transition arrangements are in place". This is expected to be sometime in early 2023.
"Ms Lahey and I intend to contest the ASIC allegations, but to remain on the board beyond the transitional period would be a distraction to the company when remediation needs to be our unwavering focus," Heap said in the statement.
"A search is currently underway for new directors."
A Sydney climate protester who was jailed for blocking peak-hour traffic on the Harbour Bridge has been released on bail pending an appeal.
Deanna "Violet" Maree Coco was handed a 15-month sentence in December for her role in a protest which led to morning peak-hour traffic disruptions in April.
The 32-year-old was part of a two-car convoy that obstructed traffic on the bridge to raise awareness for climate change.
The Crown opposed bail on Tuesday at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court citing concerns the climate activist would fail to appear in court and endangered community safety.
Prosecutors had also pressed for curfews should the activist be subject to a conditional release.
Judge Timothy Gartelmann rejected the Crown's arguments saying a surety payment and the fact that she had not breached her previous bail conditions mitigated the concerns as he granted her bail.
Coco will be required to reside at a nominated address until December 29 and cannot go within a kilometre of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Once she returns to Lismore, the activist will not be permitted to enter the Greater Sydney region unless to attend court.
She will have to report to police every week and surrender any travel documents.
The 32-year-old was sentenced to a non-parole period of eight months, expiring on July 31, 2023, for breaching traffic laws by blocking traffic, possessing a flare in a public place and resisting police orders.
Coco was also fined $2500 for lighting the flare atop a truck parked on the bridge.
Human rights groups have labelled the protester's jail sentence vindictive legal action that restricted the right to peaceful protest.
Her conviction came after the NSW government passed laws to punish disruptive climate protests earlier in the year, with activists facing fines of up to $22,000 and two years in prison.
Coco is appealing the sentence which is slated to be heard in the District Court on March 15.
Nick Coatsworth has branded Twitter owner Elon Musk "reprehensible" after the billionaire businessman called for the prosecution of top US health official Anthony Fauci on his new social media account.
"My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci," the Tesla CEO wrote on Twitter, throwing the US' COVID-19 response under the spotlight, while making light of the use of nonbinary pronouns.
Musk also shared an edited meme showing Fauci telling President Joe Biden, "Just one more lockdown, my king…".
Coatsworth, one of Australia's former Deputy Chief Medical Officers and an infectious disease specialist, rushed to the defence of the public health official yesterday.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has offered his condolences to the loved ones of the two police officers and local man killed in the Wieambilla shooting last night.
Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow were ambushed and shot dead at the rural Queensland property while conducting a routine welfare check on a missing person yesterday.
Neighbour Alan Dare, 58, was also shot dead after attending the property amid the commotion.
"Three lives cruelly cut short, this is indeed a devastating day for everyone who loved these Australians," Albanese said this afternoon.
"And our hearts go out to those in the grip of terrible grief.
"We know that this news has fallen hard on a close-knit and caring Queensland community.
"As well as, of course, the community to which all police officers belong.
"Today is a rough day indeed for all police officers and their families.
"Every officer knows the risk that they face in the life of duty.
"They are all too aware of the dangers that they face. Yet they do their job, they do it for our communities.
"That is courage and it is public service at the highest level, and today and every day I pay tribute to each and every one of the police officers who serve their local communities and who serve their nation."
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