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Conspiracy theories behind the Queensland siege

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Australian police exploring shooter’s conspiracy theories in a bid to understand the Queensland siege

Gareth Train, 47, was a paranoid conspiracy theorist and doomsday prepper. He was even building an ark to, in his words, save himself from “tomorrow”.

Police are now investigating a number of online posts Train made, in an attempt to understand how this tragedy came to be.

“From what we can see, it seemed senseless, it seemed unnecessary,” said Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll.

One of Gareth’s conspiracy theories surrounded the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. He believed this was a “false flag” operation, staged by the Australian government, to help introduce nation-wide gun restrictions.

He was also convinced he had an “intelligence file” held by Australia’s top spy agency, ASIO.

But as the four young officers made their way to the remote property in Queensland, three hours west of Brisbane, police were largely unaware of his online activity.

They arrived at the house in search of Gareth’s brother, Nathaniel, who had been reported missing.

Authorities allege the two men are responsible for the deaths of Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow. A neighbour, 58-year-old Alan Dare, was also shot and killed.

This led to a six-hour standoff between the brothers, Gareth’s wife and Queensland’s Special Operations Police.

Eventually, the three individuals were taken out, bringing the incident’s death toll to six.

Carroll has vowed to “get to the bottom” of the situation. 

“Certainly in the next couple of weeks we will get a real sense as to why this occurred,” she said. 

“It’s a tough time, these are dark days. It will take us a while to get over this. Particularly, for the officers involved in this.”

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Trump officially nominates J.D. Vance to be his Presidential running mate

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Former President Donald Trump has officially nominated J.D. Vance as his running mate for the upcoming presidential election, cementing Vance’s role in the Republican ticket.

J.D. Vance, once a vocal critic of his policies, has been selected by the former President to be his running mate in the upcoming presidential election.

Ticker’s Ahron Young discusses all the latest. #featured #trending

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Esports officially recognised by Olympic officials as they aim to “keep up with digital age”

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Saudi Arabia will host the first official Olympic Esports Games in 2025, in a bid to “keep up with digital age”.

The decision comes amidst growing global interest in esports and the influence and cultural impact of gaming in the digital era.

The event aims to showcase top esports talent and foster international unity through competitive gaming on a global stage.

Emily Leaney discusses all the latest.

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Political left gains ground in France and UK amid rising geopolitical tensions

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France and the UK have seen unexpected political shifts to the left, challenging predictions of a populist right surge.

2024 is the year of the election, and amid uncertainty of the election results, global tensions are rising between each nation.

In the backdrop of economic uncertainties and geopolitical rivalries, each nation’s electoral outcomes could significantly influence global stability and cooperation efforts.

Professor Tim Harcourt from UTS and The Airport Economist joins to discuss. #featured #trending #global view

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