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Murdered police officers ‘didn’t stand a chance’

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Murdered police officers ‘didn’t stand a chance’ as they arrived at an ambush

New details surrounding the Queensland siege have been released as we begin to understand the full extent of the attack.

The two young police officers killed have now been identified as Constables Mathew Arnold and Rachel McCrow.

The individuals were gunned down while attending a missing-person inquiry at a rural property.

In total, six people lost their lives, three of whom are the alleged attackers.

The other was a neighbour and innocent bystander, identified as Alan Dare.

Queensland police is paying tribute to the two young Constables, who are being remembered as brave and selfless individuals.

Holding back tears, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said they didn’t stand a chance.

“Both under 30 years of age. Both had wonderful careers and lives ahead of them,” she said.

“Yesterday, as they did every day, they put their lives on the line to serve their community. In this awful incident, they made the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly, both Matthew and Rachel had only recently commenced their policing careers.

“Unfortunately, this incident is a tragic reminder of the unpredictable nature of policing. Every day, our officers face very real dangers while protecting their communities. I know the days and weeks ahead will be extremely difficult for us as a police family. To all our officers and their loved ones, please look out for each other.”

Missing school principal at the centre of the attack

It comes as new details about the attack are released.

Queensland police officers were visiting the property, south of Chinchilla, to make inquiries about missing New South Wales school principal, Nathaniel Train.

Mr Train was with his brother Gareth, who owned the property, and they were shot dead by police. A woman was also killed by authorities.

One of the two police officers who survived the ambush is 27-year-old Randell Kirk. It’s believed a bullet grazed his leg and he remains in hospital.

A fourth police officer narrowly escaped despite the gunmen lighting a bushfire in an attempt to flush her out. She was in constant contact with her colleagues as she fled and hid.

Authorities have labeled this an execution-style attack.

The two officers who died were initially shot and wounded as they walked up the driveway.

They were then seen to be ­approached by the gunmen, who were clad in military-style camouflage, and shot where they lay.

Special Operations police then arrived on the scene, shooting dead the three alleged offenders in a gunfight.

This incident of course happening just 12 days before Christmas. A devastating time for the friends and families of the victims.

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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People investing heavily in pet health

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Australian pet owners are demonstrating their unwavering commitment to their furry companions, as revealed in a recent survey by Finder.com. The survey, conducted among 1,061 respondents, highlights that 94% of pet owners are willing to spare no expense to ensure the well-being of their pets, with some prepared to spend over $10,000.

On average, Australians are willing to invest $6,219 to safeguard their pets’ health, showcasing the deep bond between humans and animals. While 6% of respondents admit they wouldn’t spend anything on vet bills before considering euthanasia, the majority prioritise their pets’ welfare.

To assist pet owners in making informed financial decisions, Finder has announced the winners of its Pet Insurance Awards for 2024. Bow Wow Meow’s Ultimate Care policy stands out for its exceptional value, offering extensive coverage at an affordable price point.

Highly commended policies include petinsurance.com.au’s Platinum Cover and Coles Pet Insurance, providing comprehensive protection for furry companions.

Investing in pet insurance can provide peace of mind, ensuring that pet owners are prepared for unforeseen medical emergencies without compromising their financial stability.

With policies tailored to various needs and budgets, pet owners can find the right coverage for their beloved animals.

Despite generational differences in spending habits, with Gen Z leading the pack in willingness to invest in pet health, one thing remains clear: Australians’ love for their pets is unwavering, exemplifying the cherished bond between humans and animals.

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ASEAN emerging as new global economic power?

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As global supply chains adapt to the pandemic and heightened US-China tensions, attention shifts to ASEAN’s emerging economies.

Could Vietnam and Indonesia lead ASEAN into becoming a third economic powerhouse alongside China and India? Professor Tim Harcourt of UTS and The Airport Economist on Ticker weighs in.

While debates on ‘deglobalisation’ persist, the question arises: is production truly shifting or merely realigning? Geopolitical uncertainties prompt businesses to diversify their supply chains away from China, a move influenced by both politics and economics. Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia emerge as preferred destinations due to their strategic advantages and growing economies.

Australia’s recent Australian ASEAN Summit highlights the potential gains from closer ASEAN ties, given its vast population of over 640 million. What collaborative opportunities lie ahead?

Professor Harcourt’s upcoming Airport Economist ASEAN series on Ticker promises deeper insights into ASEAN’s economic landscape, revealing its potential as a significant global player.

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Investors assess geopolitical risks amidst tensions

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Amidst a backdrop of geopolitical easing, investors are reassessing their risk strategies to navigate a more tranquil global landscape.

This shift coincides with markets recalibrating expectations around potential rate cuts, resulting in a downturn in stocks.

In the tech sector, all eyes are on US earnings reports this week, particularly those of industry giants whose performance often sets the tone for market sentiment.

Additionally, anticipation mounts ahead of the release of Australian CPI data, scheduled for Wednesday, which promises insights into economic health and potential monetary policy implications.

These developments underscore the need for investors to remain vigilant and adaptable in response to evolving geopolitical and economic dynamics.

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