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Sydney news: Friday prayers to address Christchurch attack, Nigerian prince considers Sydney move

Friday March 22, 2019 - 08:56 EDT
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Bar owners are being encouraged to discuss with drinkers the future of Sydney's night-time economy. - ABC

Here's what you need to know this morning.

Election eve drink freeze

About 34 Sydney bars will stop serving drinks for up to 15 minutes at 6:00pm tonight in a pre-election pitch to draw voters' attention to the future of Sydney's night-time economy.

Sydney's Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said in a statement the bars involved were set to "turn up the lights", with owners encouraged to grab a microphone and have a discussion with Friday night drinkers about the election issue.



The NSW Government has over restrictions on liquor licensing and the state's lockout laws, with the Keep Sydney Open Party campaigning on the issue.

NTIA chairman Michael Rodrigues said tomorrow's state election was a chance to "do something positive" to revive Sydney's nightlife.

Leaders make final pitches

Meanwhile, both leaders will be looking to make the most of the last 24 hours of campaigning before voters head to the ballot box tomorrow.

Gladys Berejiklian and Michael Daley will blitz the airwaves on radio and television breakfast programs this morning before hitting the hustings in western and southwestern Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian this morning defended her divisive policy on demolishing the and

"At then end of the day, this is a speck on what we're doing as a Government," she told ABC Radio Sydney when pressed on whether the stadium should be refurbished instead of demolished.

"It is less than 1 per cent of our overall infrastructure spend."

Mr Daley called the Government "chaotic" and criticised its focus on major projects.

"They think it's about rushing and concrete and steel," he told ABC News Breakfast.

"Government is about putting people first."

Mr Daley also said he would stay on as Labor Leader even if his party didn't win the election.

Friday prayers to address massacre



One week on from , the Australian National Imams Council is calling on all Imams and Khateebs to address the tragedy in their sermons today.

Fifty people were killed and dozens more were injured when a gunman attacked worshippers in two Christchurch mosques last Friday.

The council is also urging Muslims to increase their presence at mosques around the country to show solidarity with those who were lost in the attacks.

The Lebanese Muslim Association — which sent a delegation to Christchurch to visit survivors and mourn with the families — has also invited the public to join them for a memorial service at Lakemba Mosque from 1:00pm.

Charges over 'carjacking' of pregnant woman

A man has been charged after allegedly carjacking a heavily pregnant woman at the weekend while she was trying to sell her car online.



The man allegedly drove off with the woman's two children, a 10-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter in the back seat, on Saturday after meeting the 34-year-old woman in Greenacre about her advertisement.

The car then stopped down the road and the children got out.

A 20-year-old man from Campbelltown was arrested yesterday and charged with several offences, including aggravated robbery. He'll face court today.

Authorities are still searching for a second man who was with him, along with the stolen car.

Search for missing Argentinian

A 56-year-old woman who hasn't been seen since leaving her Bondi home on Wednesday has been reported missing.

Patricia Piccolo, an Argentinian national, does not understand English and her disappearance has sparked "serious concerns" from both police and her family.

Detectives have issued a call for public information on Ms Piccolo's whereabouts, describing her as Caucasian, about 165cm tall with a slim build, short, light brown hair and wearing a beige trench coat.

A separate public plea was sent out after a 65-year-old man went missing the same day from an Auburn aged care facility.

Garry Leland is described as Caucasian, about 175cm tall with a medium build, brown hair and eyes, and tattoos on his arms.

Is Sydney fit for a prince?



Sydney might soon have a new resident: a Nigerian prince.

David Oyelowo — the actor who starred as Martin Luther King in the movie Selma, and now appearing as Javert in the BBC's new drama Les Miserables — is under pressure from his wife to move here.

In Sydney to film Peter Rabbit 2, Oyelowo revealed to ABC Sydney yesterday that he is a prince in Nigeria, albeit a very minor one.

But the real scoop of the interview was that his wife, Jessica, with him on the trip, has been applying the pressure for a rapid relocation.

"I'd never been here before and the food is amazing, the people are lovely and I've seen some really great things, " he told Richard Glover.

"Unfortunately for me, my wife loves it so much that she's thinking of moving here."


- ABC

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