A young child killed outside Sydney pre-school by a car; Ex girlfriend charged with murder; Man arrested over missing woman's murder; Holden workers package from PM.
after being hit on the way to school in Sydney.
The Government's help package for Holden workers.
And protests against Melbourne's East-West tunnel turn violent.
VOICEOVER: This is Seven News, morning edition, with Ann Sanders.
A young child is dead after being hit by a car outside a Sydney pre-school.
Two other children and two women are in hospital.
Sean Berry joins me from the scene.
Good morning, Sean.
The children were on their way to class?
Walking down this path to school.
A woman on holidays was walking her niece to that school.
She had her own two children.
A 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.
They were crossing a driveway to a nearby childcare centre when a white four wheel drive turned, crossed their path and hit them.
The 6-year-old boy was killed immediately.
He was crushed.
Also injured was his cousin, his sister and his mother.
They were all taken to hospital.
Along with the driver of the car.
The police flooded this street.
It has been currently blocked off.
The road is shut off and the school in lockdown and has been for some time, Ann.
It must be shocking for the parents and children in that area.
Parents have been coming in here this morning since news has started to leak out.
More and more parents, initially some were worried that their child may have been involved and somehow injured.
As more details became clear, a lot of them just wanted to be with their children in such a horrible time and keep in mind, today was meant to be the last day of school here and it was time for presentations and things like that.
At the moment the school is in lockdown, in the last 20 minutes parents have been allowed in and are starting to take their children home.
Finding a way to explain just what has happened here today.
The former girlfriend of slain gangland figure Alphonse Gangitano is facing court, charged over the murder of another former partner.
Robyn Lindholm is accused of being an accessory in the suspected killing of missing Melbourne man Wayne Amey.
She was arrested with another suspect after the pair led police on a chase, She was arrested with another suspect after the pair led police on a chase, then tried to escape across Moonee Ponds creek.
Police are hunting a third suspect, John Anthony Ryan.
They're also searching for the victim's body near Bendigo.
They believe it's been dumped at the bottom of a crevasse at Mount Korong.
A South Australian man is appearing in court today over the murder of a missing woman.
The 35-year-old was taken into custody late yesterday when police discovered a body buried in the backyard of a Stansbury home.
The body hasn't been identified but is believed to be Jacqueline Franklin, who hasn't been seen since October.
Her family has been informed.
They say they're devastated by the news.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will soon announce the assistance package to help workers caught up in Holden's decision to stop its Australian operation.
Political reporter Mia Greves joins me from Canberra.
Good morning, Mia.
What will workers be offered?
We understand this will be all about helping the regional centres affected by the looming plant closures.
what has happened here today.
Holden mass only recently announced the closure of the plant.
The Prime Minister was in a generous mood early this morning, loading up hundreds of presents from his office for the Salvation Army and that giving spirit will continue onto the automotive sector in the centres of Elizabeth in South Australia and Port Melbourne.
Holden announced recently that it would cease operations in 2017.
That will not only affect 3,000 workers at Holden plants in Victoria and South Australia.
A further 33,000 people in the automotive components sector are also likely to be affected.
We expect the package will include a review of both the South Australian and Victorian economies.
And Mia, the Opposition has accused Treasurer Joe Hockey of cooking the books?
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen says Joe Hockey padded the figures in yesterday's mid year economic review in order to build the case for savage cuts.
While the generous paid parental leave scheme will stay, the Opposition believes the Government will target the National Disability Insurance Scheme for budget savings.
The Treasurer told Sunrise this morning funding for health and education will stay the same.
They'll be looking into more efficient ways of spending the money.
Labor doesn't get it.
My opponent doesn't understand it that you can't continue to borrow money just to live day to day.
Sooner or later, the debt is called in.
And the head of the Reserve Bank, Glenn Stevens, is currently addressing the house economics committee here in Canberra.
He says the board is keeping an open mind on if it will further reduce interest rates.
Mia Greves there in Canberra.
Sydney police say they've smashed a major drug supply ring by arresting nine members of the Brothers 4 Life gang.
A 16-year-old boy was among the suspects taken into custody, during raids across the south-west yesterday.
Police also seized drugs, weapons, cash and tear gas canisters.
The suspects are facing a range of charges including drug supply, participating in a criminal group and dealing in the proceeds of crime.
A sunny day in Sydney.
Fine too in Melbourne.
Drizzle clearing in Hobart.
Adelaide, mostly sunny.
An overcast day in Perth.
A late thunderstorm forecast for Darwin.
And that's Seven News to now.
We'll keep you up to date throughout the day and in our bulletins at 4:00, tonight at 6:00.
I'm Ann Sanders.
Thanks for your company.
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