Jay Slater search enters seventh day as mystery deepens, Qantas rolls out huge sale: Australia news live

Plus brutal Logie reality for Aussie TV stations.

Yahoo's live news blog has concluded for Monday, June 24.

We started the day with the news two teenage boys have been charged over an incident at South Australia's largest shopping centre in Adelaide. Westfield Marion was locked down on Sunday following reports of weapons being branded. Read more here.

Millions continue to be gripped by the disappearance of British teen Jay Slater, with a search now entering its seventh day in Tenerife.

The struggle for free-to-air TV continues, with the nominations for the 2024 Logie Awards a telling sign of where the industry is heading. Shows from Netflix, Prime Video, Stan, Binge, Disney+ and Paramount+ make up exactly 25 per cent of this year’s nominees, a jump from last year and a show of how subscription services are continuing to expand in the market.

Qantas has also placed nearly one million domestic flights on sale.

Follow along as we bring you regular updates throughout the day.

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    Elon Musk welcomes 12th child

    Elon Musk has confirmed he welcomed his 12th child earlier this year, but has rejected claims he kept the child's birth a secret.

    "As for 'secretly fathered,' that is also false," Musk told Page Six. "All our friends and family know. Failure to issue a press release, which would be bizarre, does not mean 'secret'."

    The child's mother is Shivon Zilis, an executive at his company Neuralink. This is the third child the pair share together after having twins in 2021.

    South African businessman Elon Musk arrives at the Tenth Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California, on April 13, 2024. (Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT / AFP) (Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/AFP via Getty Images)
    Elon Musk has 12 children who are known to the world. Source: Getty
  • Jury hands list of questions to judge in Lynn case

    A jury has asked if former Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn must be found guilty of both charges of murder over the deaths of campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill or not guilty of both charges.

    The jury of 12 began deliberating on June 17 and returned to the court on Monday morning with the question as well as what would happen if they cannot reach a unanimous verdict.

    Justice Michael Croucher said each charge is to be considered separately and it was open to them to find him guilty of one murder and not guilty in the other death.

    He also told the jurors all 12 of themmust agree on the verdict.

    Read more here.

    Carol Clay and Russell Hill vanished in March 2020. Source: Victoria Police
    Carol Clay and Russell Hill vanished in March 2020. Source: Victoria Police
  • Machete threat sparked Westfield lockdown, court told

    A machete and extendable batons were allegedly brandished during the robbery of a teen that sparked a lockdown and evacuation at Adelaide's biggest suburban shopping mall.

    The incident unfolded at Westfield Marion in Adelaide's south just before 3pm on Sunday, triggering widespread reports of an armed person inside.

    Two boys, aged 15 and 16, both from Mitchell Park, appeared in the Adelaide Youth Court via video link on Monday following their arrests overnight.

    Both were charged with aggravated counts of affray, robbery and assault.

    Opposing bail, the prosecutor told court there was "a great sense of fear instilled in all shoppers who remained at Marion, as it took some time to determine the nature of the offending and the risk to the public".

    Westfield Marion in Adelaide was evacuated on Sunday. Picture: Supplied
    Shoppers were evacuated at the shopping centre on Sunday. Source: NCA NewsWire

    "Brandishing items of this nature, being a machete and extendable batons, is something that's not trivial," he said.

    "The risk to the public that's caused by persons engaging in wanton violence of this nature in such a public atmosphere causes great risk to public safety."

    'Expensive' hoodie allegedly at centre of robbery

    Earlier, the court was told the alleged robbery victim had noticed three males following him to the shopping centre and he feared they were about to take the Trap Star hoodie he was wearing.

    "It's an expensive hoodie," the prosecutor said.

    He told court the alleged victims and his friends went to the KFC outlet at the centre's food court, where there were about 100 people.

    "(The alleged victim) observes the other three boys approach one of his three friends. The weapons are alleged to have been brandished by all three. The friend returned to the hoodie owner and indicated they were demanding his jumper," the prosecutor said.

    "It's at that point that the accused has produced a machete and has pointed it towards the group."

    Read more here.

    - AAP

  • Renting father able to buy first home after lotto win

    Now this is a great lottery update.

    A NSW father says he's going to be able to buy his first home after scooping $1 million in the Weekday Windfall on Friday.

    “I went in on Saturday and they told me the prize was over $1,000 so they couldn’t pay it over the counter," the Southern Tablelands resident told lottery officials.

    “So, I went online and started checking off my numbers. I’m counting them and I’m thinking, ‘Oh s***! I’ve got all six! I’ve got all six!’ I had to sit down. I thought I was going to faint.

    “Once I knew, I told my children. They’re very happy for me."

  • Huge pay increase for Governor-General

    Australia's new Governor-General Sam Mostyn will be paid more than $200,000 more than her predecessor.

    Governor-General David Hurley earned $495,000 annually, however Mostyn will receive $709,017.

    Australian Taxpayers’ Association president Brian Marlow told the Daily Telegraph the decision during a cost-of-living crisis "doesn't stack up".

    Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Patrick Gorman explained the move, saying Governor-General terms are usually five years and the salary cannot be changed during a tenure, meaning a decision was made to set the salary at an "appropriate" level. He added Mostyn would not be receiving other Commonwealth entitlements.

    Britain's King Charles III meets Governor-General Designate of the Commonwealth of Australia, Samantha Mostyn during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in London on May 29, 2024. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORDAN PETTITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Samantha Mostyn pictured with King Charles. Source: Getty
  • Man charged after bringing weapon into church

    An armed man has been arrested after he interrupted a group of churchgoers attending mass in Sydney.

    NSW Police were called after reports a man was acting suspiciously inside St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church on New South Head Rd, Rose Bay, about 6.30pm on Sunday.

    The 36-year-old man was arrested and taken to Waverley Police Station after officers discovered he was carrying capsicum spray and a multi tool with a knife inside the church.

    The Bangor man was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and custody of a knife.

    He was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on July 26.

    - NCA NewsWire

  • Robert Irwin's slice of TV history

    Here's an interesting fact for you. Robert Irwin has become the youngest ever male nominated for the Gold Logie at 20 years old.

    In terms of female nominees, Kylie Minogue won the award when she was just 19 in 1988, and Delta Goodrem was also 19 in 2004 when she was nominated for the same award.

    Read more here.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Robert Irwin attends the TV WEEK Logie Awards Nominations Announcement on June 23, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for TV WEEK)
    Robert Irwin all dressed up as a nominee for this year's Gold Logie. Source: Getty
  • 'Intense' phase of Israel Palestine war coming to an end, Netanyahu says

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the phase of intense fighting against Hamas in the Gaza Strip "is about to end" but that the war was far from over.

    “It doesn’t mean that the war is going to end, but the war in its current stage is going to end in Rafah. This is true. We will continue mowing the grass later,” Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 14 Television.

    Once the "intense" fighting is over in Gaza, Netanyahu said Israel will be able to deploy more forces along the northern border with Lebanon, where fighting with Iran-backed Hezbollah has escalated.

    - With Reuters

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony at the Nahalat Yitshak Cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The ceremony marked the annual memorial for people killed in Israel’s Altalena affair -- a violent clash between rival Jewish forces that nearly pushed the newly independent Israel into civil war in 1948. (Shaul Golan/Pool Photo via AP)
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pictured last week. Source: AP
  • Mystery as teenager disappears on Spanish island

    The search for British teenager Jay Slater on the Spanish island of Tenerife has entered its seventh day as the mystery over his whereabouts continues to grip the UK.

    The lack of information about the 19-year-old apprentice has led to a slew of online conspiracies, including involvement in organised crime on the island. However police have not put forward any such theories and has said such commentary is only hampering search efforts.

    Jay Slater has been missing for a week now.
    Jay Slater has been missing for a week now.

    Slater vanished the morning after attending a festival on the south of the island, near where his accomodation was. Later that night he drove with two men to an Airbnb apartment in a remote part of the island's northwest. The next morning, he called a friend telling her he'd missed his bus and his phone was on one per cent battery and he needed water. He said he was attempting to walk home, an 11-hour trip by foot, however his phone was last detected heading in the opposite direction.

    A huge search has been underway since, with no trace of Slater found in what authorities say is a difficult area to search due to the rugged and uneven terrain.

    Members of a search and rescue team search near the last known location of Jay Slater, near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2024. (Photo by James Manning/PA Images via Getty Images)
    Search crews continue on the ground in difficult conditions. Source: Getty

    “We’re all devastated. He’s just a normal boy from a little town in Lancashire. These things don’t happen," his mum Debbie told The Telegraph.

    A GoFundMe has been set up by friend Lucy who spoke to him last. The page has raised more than £32,000 ($60,000), with the fundraiser fuelling one popular conspiracy.

    Read more about Jay Slater here:

  • Bird flu spreads in NSW

    A highly infectious strain of avian influenza has been detected at a second Sydney farm in the Hawkesbury region, which will require authorities to euthanise 87,000 birds over the next seven weeks.

    The case was confirmed by the NSW government on Saturday night, and was found 1.5km from the farm where the initial case of bird flu was detected last week.

    However the virus is not the same strain ravaging seven farms in Victoria, or the H5N1 virus which has infected more than 97 million birds and 118 dairy herds in the United States.

    The second farm has been locked down since Wednesday, after the bird flu was detected at a large mixed barnyard and free-range poultry farm, affecting about 240,000 birds.

    The outbreak is believed to be from a spillover event, like potential infection from a wild bird.

    Read more here.

    - NCA NewsWire

  • Qantas discounts 1 million seats in huge sale

    Qantas has placed nearly one million domestic flights on sale, with fares starting from $109 for a one-way ticket between the Gold Coast and Sydney.

    Seats will be discounted until 11.59pm, Sunday June 30 unless they’re sold out earlier.

    Prices on more than 30 routes have been dropped to less than $150, including flights from Brisbane to the Whitsunday Coast ($129), Adelaide to Melbourne ($139), and Albury to Sydney ($149).

    Read more here.

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