Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Thursday, December 8, 2022. A teenager has been charged with murder after the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman in Perth. Bali bomb maker Umar Patek has been released from an Indonesian prison on parole after serving half of his 20-year sentence. Weather forecasters are warning central and northern Queensland are set for extremely hot weather, with temperatures soaring above the December average. Energy prices at top of agenda at National Cabinet tomorrow. And two baggage handlers subcontracted by Qantas have been officially sacked after shocking footage emerged of the duo slamming luggage into a carousel.
– Baggage handlers seen in viral Qantas video sacked
– Bali bomb maker Umar Patek released from prison
– Soaring power prices top agenda at meeting of energy ministers
– Millions of Aussies set to go into debt over Christmas spending
– Fears almost 4000 Victorians unknowingly have cancer due to pandemic
That's the end of the 9News.com.au live blog for Thursday, December 8, 2022.
Here's what happened: A teenager has been charged with murder after the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman in Perth.
Bali bomb-maker Umar Patek has been released from an Indonesian prison on parole after serving half of his 20-year sentence.
Weather forecasters are warning central and northern Queensland are set for extremely hot weather, with temperatures soaring above the December average.
Energy prices will be at the top of the agenda at National Cabinet tomorrow.
Five people have been charged after a gang rape in Adelaide.
And two baggage handlers subcontracted by Qantas have been officially sacked after shocking footage emerged of the duo slamming luggage into a carousel.
We'll return tomorrow to take you through the news of the day.
Until then, visit nine.com.au and 9News.com.au for the latest updates.
Five people have been arrested over the alleged rape of two women in Adelaide's CBD over the weekend.
South Australia Police allege two women were raped in a car park off Hindley Street on Saturday between 11pm and 12.30am.
Four men, aged between 17 and 23, have been arrested and charged with rape.
Another 17-year-old boy was also charged with "inducing a witness to withhold evidence".
Police are still investigating the attack and the men remain before the courts.
"Detectives are aware there are a number of other people involved in the incident and would encourage those people to come forward," officers said.
State and territory leaders will meet virtually at national cabinet on Friday after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tested positive to COVID-19 earlier this week.
Albanese, premiers and chief ministers will dial in remotely at 2pm tomorrow.
The leaders are expected to discuss energy prices, potential electricity and gas relief for consumers, disaster planning, and recovery.
A young child has survived a crash that killed two other people when a cattle truck hit a car in NSW's New England region.
A native title claim covering more than 5000 square kilometres on South Australia's western Eyre Peninsula has been finalised, recognising the traditional rights of the Wirangu people.
The Federal Court approved the claim on Thursday, marking an end to proceedings that began more than 25 years ago.
The ruling was delivered by Justice Natalie Charlesworth on country at Streaky Bay.
Through an Indigenous Land Use Agreement, the state government and the Wirangu people have established how native title rights can co-exist with other rights on the land and how the state will engage with the Wirangu on future activities.
"This piece of land is a remarkable part of our state, boasting high cliffs, accessible beaches and a vast interior," South Australian Attorney-General Kyam Maher said.
"I'm pleased that the state has been able to work with the Wirangu people to reach this settlement, which acknowledges their enduring connection to the land and waters, and celebrates both its heritage and its future.
"This consent determination recognises that the Wirangu people have continued to maintain their traditional connection to the region and their spiritual relationship with it.
Mr Maher said the determination was also a significant step in reconciliation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians and in developing mutual respect.
"It is a testimony to the perseverance of Aboriginal culture, the oldest living one on earth," he said.
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