Kellie Ann Carmichael's remains found after 23 years, Qantas makes big boarding change: Australia news live

The Victorian backpacker vanished in 2001 after leaving a Katoomba hostel.

Yahoo's live news blog for Monday, June 3 has now concluded.

We started the day with the news the remains of Kellie Ann Carmichael who vanished in 2001 after checking out of a hostel in the NSW Blue Mountains have been found.

Qantas has also announced a change to its boarding process, calling passengers to board based on their status and seat numbers in a bid to save time.

Robert Irwin has also reportedly been paid at least $200,000 for his advert with Twisties. Read more in the blog below.

  • NSW premier's office vandalised

    NSW Premier Chris Minns is the latest political leader to have his office attacked by vandals who sprayed the word “murder” and covered the building in red paint overnight.

    Pictures from the scene have captured the extent of the vandalism – with the Kogarah office sprayed with red paint and graffiti that read “murder” overnight.

    It is believed pro-Palestine protesters are behind the attack.

    Read more here.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos - 03 JUNE, 2024: The offices of NSW Premier Chris Minns in Kogarah are pictured covered with red
    The offices of NSW Premier Chris Minns in Kogarah are pictured covered with red "blood" paint and the word 'murder' spray-painted on the side of the building. Source: NCA NewsWire
  • Bill Shorten spends $600k on speechwriter despite two already on payroll

    It's emerged Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten has hired a speechwriter to be paid $600,000 over two years, despite his department having hundreds of communications employees, including two speechwriters.

    Liberal Senator Maria Kovacic said it “appears” Government Services Minister Shorten had personally requested the speechwriter despite the agency having 201 staff employed in its communications unit, including speechwriters.

    During a senate estimates hearing on Monday, she said it was “unbelievable” after Services Australia deputy chief executive officer Susie Smith confirmed the usual pay packet for a speechwriter considered to be among the “best-of-the-best” was roughly 140k per year.

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten looks on during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on March 17, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. Thousands of Australians marched at “March 4 Justice” rallies across Australia earlier this week, calling for action against gendered violence in Parliament, as news of the alleged rape of former Brittany Higgins at Parliament House and allegations that Attorney-General Christian Porter raped a 16-year-old girl when he was 17 in 1988 continue to cause outrage. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)
    Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten. Source: Getty
  • GPs want medical certificate change

    There are growing calls for employers to scrap the need for sick notes as doctors say workers seeking proof they're not well are taking up valuable appointments.

    Newcastle GP Max Mollenkopf suggests the process is a waste of time and it's not needed if someone has a minor ailment for a day or two.

    "If someone is sick and they want to see me, every day of the week I want them to be able to come in," he told the ABC.

    "I didn't sign up to do medicine to do HR policy on behalf of large corporations."

    The Vice President of the Royal College of GPs Dr Michael Clements agrees, saying it's currently the "wrong way to go".

    So what do you think? Have your say below.

  • Mexico to get first ever female president

    Mexico's ruling party says Claudia Sheinbaum has won the presidential election, which would make her the first female president in the country's history.

    While an official confirmation awaits, provisional results show a "large margin" after polls closed.

  • Tragic last moment before three swept away in flash floods

    The two women and man, all aged in their 20s were caught in floods in the northern Friuli region
    The two women and man, all aged in their 20s were caught in floods in the northern Friuli region

    Three young friends, including a couple, were filmed in a heartbreaking final embrace before they were swept away by flash floods in northern Italy.

    Patrizia Cormos, 20, her friend Bianca Doros, 23, and her boyfriend Cristian Molnar, 25, had decided to take a stroll along the Natisone River near Udine in the northern Friuli region when the river surged to dangerous levels after days of torrential rain.

    The two women and man, all aged in their 20s, were last seen alive on Friday standing thigh deep in the swirling river water on a tiny island they walked to in the middle of the river.

    Video shared from the scene as rescue efforts were underway showed the trio hugging each other as they remained trapped in the rising torrent unable to reach the riverbank.

    “We threw them a rope, but they were literally swallowed up by the flood waters in front of our eyes. We watched them disappear,” Giorgio Basile, the chief of the provincial firefighters in Udine, said.

    Read more here.

    Patrizia Cormos, Cristian Molnar and Bianca Doros
    Patrizia Cormos, Cristian Molnar and Bianca Doros
  • Robert Irwin's big payday for Twisties ad

    You've probably seen the ad by now, featuring Robert Irwin who's teamed up with Twisties to sing the praises of their chicken flavour.

    But you're probably unaware how much the host of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! raked in for the 48-second ad. According to one source speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Robert was paid at least $200,000 for the ad.

    Not bad for a 20-year-old.

    Read more here.

  • Man wins $2.5 million after forgetting he had a lottery ticket

    Imagine winning $2.5 million on the lottery and forgetting you ever bought a ticket. Well that's exactly what happened to one NSW man after he had the life-changing ticket sat in his car for a week.

    The man's wife had seen there was a division one winner from their town of Nambucca Heads and when she asked her husband if he had a ticket for the Saturday Lotto, he said he didn't.

    But later realising he actually had bought one, and it was the winning ticket, he took his wife out to the beach.

    "He said, ‘Come for a drive with me, let’s go to the beach’," she recalled to The Lott.

    “We pull up and he says ‘This is really weird. So, turns out I’ve got a ticket that’s been sitting in the car this whole time. I completely forgot about and I’m too scared to look at it.’.

    “I was in denial, I thought there was no way he would have the winning ticket.

    “Then we had a look at the draw. I read out the winning numbers, and very quietly he said, ‘I have them.’."

    He's lucky that forgotten ticket wasn't in his back pocket destined for the wash.

  • Minimum wage rises as cost-of-living struggles continue

    Millions of Aussies on award and minimum wages will receive a pay rise from July 1.

    The Fair Work Commission handed down its annual wage decision today, which will impact 2.6 million Aussies or one in four workers.

    Both minimum and award wage workers will receive a 3.75 per cent increase. The minimum wage will increase to $24.10 per hour or $915.90 per week. Changes will begin on the first full pay period on or after July 1.

    Read more here.

  • Teens saved thanks to big HELP message in sand

    Three stranded teens were saved over the weekend after creating a giant HELP message in the sand.

    The distress signal was spotted by pilots near WA's Kalbarri on Saturday before police were called and rescued the group.

    Their 4WD had become bogged in difficult terrain and were stranded for six hours.

    Read more here.

    The HELP message was spotted by a passing pilot. Source: WA Police
    The HELP message was spotted by a passing pilot. Source: WA Police
  • Search is on for winner of $1 million prize

    Someone a million dollars richer may not realise it as lottery officials search for the owner of a winning ticket from Saturday's TattsLotto draw.

    It's been two days since the ticket purchased in Tasmania claimed one fifth of the Division one prize with no word from the ticket holder. The ticket was purchased in Derwent Park and has won $1,048,013.90.

  • Rupert Murdoch marries for fifth time at 93

    Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has married for a fifth time in a ceremony at his Californian vineyard.

    Mr Murdoch, 93, tied the knot on Saturday with his new wife Elena Zhukova, 67, a retired Russian biologist.

    Read more here.

    Rupert Murdoch, 93, has married Elena Zhukova, 67. Source: News Corp
    Rupert Murdoch, 93, has married Elena Zhukova, 67. Source: News Corp
  • Remains of woman who vanished 23 years ago found

    The remains of a young woman who vanished in 2001 after checking out of hostel in the NSW Blue Mountains have been found.

    Kellie Ann Carmichael was 24 years old when she travelled to Katoomba from her home in the Victorian city of Geelong.

    She was last seen checking out of a hostel on April 29, in a cold case that has baffled investigators for 23 years.

    Police discovered the woman's remains in bushland near Katoomba in April, during an unrelated police operation, and that more remains were found there in May, according to ABC and NewsCorp reports on Monday.

    "The human remains initially located and seized have now been formally identified as those of missing person Kellie Ann Carmichael, and her family have now been notified," police said.

    Read more here.

    - AAP

    Kellie Ann Carmichael. Source: NSW Police/ Nine
    Kellie Ann Carmichael. Source: NSW Police/ Nine

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