Wednesday May 2nd
Alaskan indie rock band Portugal. The Man have pulled out of a scheduled performance on Sunrise tomorrow morning over “recent statements” the show has made pertaining to Australia‘s Indigenous people.
The band made the announcement in a statement on Twitter this afternoon:
“We were scheduled to appear on Sunrise tomorrow morning but we have decided, as a band, that we do not want to be part of that show at this time. We come from rural Alaska and hold very close to our hearts the indigenous people of our home.
While we are by no means experts in your countries history we know there are problems that, like ours, are yet to be resolved and only being amplified by the recent statements on Sunrise. Uncle Allen Madden will be welcoming us all to our show in Sydney tonight. Love and Respect.”
Madden is a board member of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and a traditional owner of the Gadigal land on which the show is being performed.
On Tuesday, May 1, Dolly Everett’s parents were interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair, in an attempt to raise awareness about the dire impacts of bullying on young people.
In thel interview, Tick and Kate Everett outlined for the first time the extent of the bullying Dolly suffered at the hands of her peers.
“She told me that boys were calling her a slut, she was 12. I don’t know whether 12 year olds even know what that means, they shouldn’t.”
Kate tried to get the school to intervene.
“It was basically just swept under the cover,” she said.
They said that one boy in particular would call Dolly names and push her over, and one day, Dolly retaliated. She “decked” the other student, resulting in her being suspended.
After that, Tick and Kate thought the bullying was over. Then they got a phone call from the school.
A boy at Dolly’s school had convinced her to take “inappropriate photos” of herself.
“She just went from the most enjoyable little girl to someone that did end up in trouble at school there’s so much that I found out now, as opposed to then, and it probably would’ve made the outcome so much different,” Kate said.
Tick added they they missed “so many alarms”.
Now, Dolly’s parents are campaigning against bullying, and have started the Dolly’s Dream foundation, to raise awareness of bullying, anxiety, depression, and youth suicide.
If you or someone you know needs help call LifeLine on 13 11 14 or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.
Sydney police are investigating the “suspicious” death of a Brazilian businesswoman, whose body was found by kayakers in the Lane Cove River on Sunday.
Homicide detectives said they were treating the circumstances surrounding the death of 38-year-old Cecilia Haddad — a former mining executive — as a possible murder.
The Brazilian national’s body was found in the water in Woolwich, near Angelo Street, on April 29 about 10:15am.
Police said Ms Haddad, who worked as a supply chain manager for mining company BHP Billiton in Western Australia before moving to NSW in 2016.
While in Sydney, she worked as a logistics manager for a freight company, had an active social life and a large circle of friends, police said.
Ms Haddad, who lived in Ryde, was last seen at a barbeque on Friday night last week and then spoke to friends on Saturday morning, police said.
Her friends raised concerns about her welfare when she failed to appear at a number of appointments on Saturday.