Daily News Roundup

March 6, 2019

Wednesday, March 6

Asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru who are regarded “a risk” to Australia will be sent to Christmas Island’s high security detention facility if they apply for a medical transfer.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to announce the tough measure when he visits the island today.

It will be the first time a sitting prime minister has visited the external Australian territory, which geographically is closer to Indonesia.

Mr Morrison visited in 2011 as a shadow minister, alongside then-opposition leader Tony Abbott.

The PM recently announced the Christmas Island Detention Centre would reopen after legislation passed Parliament — against the Government’s will — giving doctors a greater say over whether asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island are transferred to Australia for medical treatment.

Today, he will say anyone on Manus or Nauru deemed a risk to Australia will be sent to the centre’s high security North West Point facility if they apply for a medical transfer under the legislation.

It is understood that cohort includes 57 men currently on Manus and Nauru, some, allegedly charged with murder, inappropriate behaviour or terrorist activity.

Locals said there had been an influx of police and security staff on Christmas Island since Mr Morrison announced the detention centre would be reopened.

Christmas Island taxi driver Chris Carr said it had been good for some local businesses.

“The restaurants are benefiting and the drinking establishments, the supermarket and such,” he said


The key suspect in the murder of a young Sydney dentist has died in a fiery car crash, NSW police have revealed.

Penrith woman Preethi Reddy’s stabbed body was found in a suitcase in her car last night.

Dr Reddy last contacted her family on Sunday morning, and police today confirmed Dr Reddy’s ex-boyfriend died on Monday night in a fiery car crash on the New England Highway at Willow Tree.

That head-on collision, around 340 kilometres from where Dr Reddy’s body was found, is believed to have been deliberate.

It is believed the man who died was the key suspect in Dr Reddy’s murder.

Dr Reddy was attending a dental conference in St Leonards at the weekend.

On Sunday, she told her family on the phone about 11am she would head home after a late breakfast, and when she failed to return, relatives contacted police.

After a public appeal for information, officers found her body just before 9:30pm yesterday in a suitcase inside her grey Volkswagen Golf, which was parked in Kingsford, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. She had been repeatedly stabbed.

The last images police have of Dr Reddy show her at McDonald’s on George Street in Sydney’s CBD at around 2:15am on Sunday.

It was just hours after the Sydney Mardi Gras parade finished, and Dr Reddy was lining up in the restaurant alone.

She bought two bottles of water before leaving, walking south towards Market Street, where police said Dr Reddy was staying at a hotel with a man known to her.


Kylie Jenner,  21-year-old half-sister of reality television stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, has been named the youngest self-made billionaire of all time by Forbes magazine.

The main source of her wealth, said the magazine, was the booming cosmetics company she founded three years ago.

Ms Jenner, made the annual Forbes list of billionaires after debuting her Kylie Cosmetics online in 2015 with $US29 ($41) lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner.

Forbes said she was both the world’s youngest billionaire and also the youngest self-made billionaire ever.

On their billionaires list, Forbes distinguishes between those who inherited much of their wealth and those who made their fortunes on their own.

“She’s the youngest-ever self-made billionaire, reaching a ten-figure fortune at a younger age than even Mark Zuckerberg [who was 23 when he hit that mark],” Forbes said.

Last year, Kylie Cosmetics did an estimated $508 million in sales, according to Forbes. Ms Jenner owns 100 per cent of the company.

The company has tiny overhead costs, employing just seven full-time and five part-time employees, and manufacturing and packaging is outsourced to Seed Beauty.

Marketing is carried out through social media, primarily dependent on Ms Jenner’s enormous following.

“It’s the power of social media,” Ms Jenner told Forbes.

“I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything.”

She also makes money from endorsements and appearances on cable TV’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and was ranked at number 2,057 on the Forbes 2019 list.

Kylie Cosmetics last year signed a deal with Ulta Beauty to put her products in all of the retailer’s 1,163 US stores.

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