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Sydney news: Supercar seized in drug bust, police recordings withheld in Keli Lane case

Tuesday March 19, 2019 - 09:56 EDT
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NSW Police alleged the V8 Supercar was bought with the proceeds of crime. - ABC

Here's what you need to know this morning.

Supercar seized in drug bust

NSW Police seized a V8 Supercar, $140,000 in cash and almost a $1 million worth of Cannabis after raiding homes in the Hunter Valley and Dubbo yesterday.

A GTS HT Monaro was also seized by police in the major drug operation alongside the V8 Supercar Falcon, which police alleged to was purchased with the proceeds of crime.

A tractor, a quad bike and seven motorbikes were also confiscated.

Daley's comments 'unacceptable', say Greens

Greens MP Jenny Leong said the major parties too easily used the "race card" to rile up popular support after a video emerged of NSW Labor leader Michael Daley telling an Sydney function jobs were being taken by foreigners.

Mr from September showed him telling a young audience jobs were being replaced by people "from typically Asia".

Ms Leong said Mr Daley, who was not the Labor leader at the time, knew "full well he was out there trying to gain votes".

"It's unacceptable to have this kind of racism in our political debate," she told ABC Radio Sydney.

"What we've seen is that consistently, people wanting to gain power as politicians are willing to use the race card to gain popular support."



Shooters hit back

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) party has hit back at the Berejiklian Government, accusing it of "politicising" last week's mass shooting in Christchurch.

The Government raised concerns about gun control in the wake of the mosque shooting, and .

Shooters MP Robert Borsak yesterday released a video claiming the Liberals have made an "art form out of dog whistling to racist white supremacists".i

In a day of mud-slinging at Macquarie Street yesterday, Nationals MP Wes Fang also labelled comparing him to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "racist".

ANALYSIS:

The gloves are off in the NSW election campaign — things took a grubby turn yesterday.

Accusations of political opportunism, blatant hypocrisy and racist dog-whistling were being tossed around.

The tone suggests the election is so tight, parties have flicked the switch to "whatever it takes to win" mode.

The Liberal Party is also likely to face more questions about the work of its "dirt unit" today, with revelations yesterday that police interviewed several staff in Finance Minister Victor Dominello's office about how private information relating to a speeding fine issued to Michael Daley was leaked to the media.

— State political reporter Sarah Gerathy

Keli Lane police recordings



The during their decade-long investigation into convicted baby killer Keli Lane.

It is estimated more than 90 per cent those recordings, captured between 2004 and 2008, were not disclosed or handed over to Lane's defence team during the five-month murder trial.

It its not known what is on the recordings and despite multiple applications from the RMIT's Innocence Initiative for them to be released, NSW Police have refused to do so.

Grafton holds vigil



People in Grafton, in northern NSW, last night gathered for a vigil in the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, in which 50 people died last week.

More than 300 people attended the interfaith service was held at Christ Church Cathedral.

Grafton is the home of accused gunman Brenton Tarrant, and police yesterday as their investigation into the terror attack continued.

Religious leaders described the violence as "senseless" and said its ramifications were broad.

Abuse victims call for reform



Victims of child abuse are calling on the NSW Premier and Opposition Leader to pass legislation that will free them from past settlements.

In an open letter, advocacy groups have asked for a pre-election commitment that the Government release victims from so-called "silence" clauses so they can seek fair damages payments.

Queensland and Western Australia have already changed the laws.

Steve Fisher from not-for-profit organisation Beyond Abuse said thousands of victims want to be freed from unfair "hush-money" deals.

Use and reuse at AFL

Fans planning on having a beer while watching the Greater Western Sydney Giants game this Saturday should expect to pay an extra $2 for a reusable cup.

In a bid to reduce the amount of plastic cups left behind at events, fans would receive a refund of $1 if they returned it after use.

Craig Lovett, the chief executive of the company supplying the cups, told Radio Sydney Evenings introducing financial incentives for businesses to reduce their waste was important.


- ABC

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