Squiz Today / 28 June 2023

Squiz Today – Wednesday 28 June

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Getting you over the news hump. 

Today’s listen time: 7.30 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“Is this your mom?” 

Asked confused pop star Pink after a fan threw a bag of their mother’s ashes on stage during a performance at London’s Hyde Park. The singer heads Down Under next year where (fingers crossed) the strangest object she will likely encounter is a Bunnings hat

William Tyrrell’s foster mother could be charged


9 years into the investigation of William Tyrrell’s disappearance, NSW Police believe there’s enough evidence to charge William’s unnamed foster mother with perverting the course of justice and interfering with a corpse – the former charge attracting a maximum 14-year prison sentence. The core accusations are that she covered up his accidental death and disposed of his body. She has always denied any involvement in his death. 


Let’s go right back… It was 12 September 2014, on a visit from Sydney to his foster grandmother’s place in Kendall on the Mid North Coast of NSW, that the 3yo went missing. He was dressed in a Spiderman suit as he played outside with his 5yo sister. His foster mother says she left them briefly to go inside when she recalled realising it was “too quiet” and could not find him. A search was mounted, and after no sign of William was found, authorities concluded he had been kidnapped. What followed was one of the biggest-ever investigations launched by NSW Police involving hundreds of people of interest. William has still not been found, and, to date, no one has been charged over his disappearance. The boy would have turned 12yo on Monday. 


Well, we’ll see… There have been so many twists and turns, police missteps, and new search efforts that haven’t led to a big breakthrough. A fresh team of detectives picked the case up in 2020, and a year later there was a new search of the Kendall home and surroundings that turned up nothing. But in that process, it was made clear that William’s foster mother was the only person police were looking at. As for what’s next, news reports say that the evidence collected by police is now with the Director of Public Prosecutions for review ahead of any charges being laid. 

Australian News Crime

Squiz the Rest

A top gangster’s basement execution

NSW Police are concerned about reprisal shootings following the execution of a crime boss in an underground Bondi Junction car park yesterday. Alen Moradian was killed in his car around 8:15am in what Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty called “a well-planned execution murder of a high-level criminal identity”. Moradian, also known as ‘Fathead’, was previously jailed for his part in the ‘Golden Gun’ syndicate that moved more than 300kg of cocaine in 2005-06, and also made headlines for his predilection for $1 million in Versace home furnishings (paid for in cash, of course). In the hours after Moradian’s killing, police found two burned-out cars, including a partially destroyed grey Porsche that police say had a gun inside. Despite the risk, Sydneysiders were told that the targeted gangland killings – at least 18 in the city since late 2020 – pose little risk to the general public.

Australian News Crime

The Western world watches and waits…

US President Joe Biden says his country had no involvement in Yevgeny Prigozhin’s attempted mutiny in Russia over the weekend, echoing what the rest of the West has said about it. US officials are keeping close tabs on the fallout in Russia, but Biden says “it’s still too early to reach a definitive conclusion” about what might happen next. Meanwhile, Prigozhin has arrived in Belarus, according to Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, and has been offered an abandoned military base for his mercenary forces. Speaking of the Wagner fighters, the Kremlin’s now given 3 options to Prigozhin’s troops: sign a contract with the Russian military, return to their families, or follow in Prigozhin’s Belarus move. And while Biden and others wait to see what happens in Russia and how it affects the war in Ukraine, experts are watching for China’s reaction. As Russia’s key ally, there is speculation the uprising has been “unsettling” for Beijing.

World News

An open invite to the AUKUS party

You know when one of your besties invites a third party to your intimate brekkie catchup? That’s kinda happening with AUKUS… The great big security pact between Australia, the UK, and the US could be expanded after American officials said they were in talks to potentially involve “various” other countries in the agreement’s 2nd phase. Under the first phase of the 4-part deal, Oz is set to receive a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. That leaves a lot of options for phases 2, 3, and 4… White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell yesterday said there is “huge potential” for other nations to contribute “practical” military advancements in areas like cybersecurity and hypersonic technology (aka missiles that go real fast…). While he didn’t name those countries, Canada and New Zealand have both expressed an interest in getting a slice of the AUKUS pie. And with the US Navy still not meeting its own sub production targets, maybe more hands on deck isn’t a bad thing…

World News

Aussies are fitter, but veggies remain hard to stomach

Those are 2 of the main takeouts from a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which compares the health outcomes of Aussie men and women over 5 years up to 2022. Life expectancy is rising, with the average Aussie woman now living to 85.4yo while the average bloke will reach 81.3yo. The leading cause of death for all Aussies aged 15-44yo is suicide. Coronary heart disease is the main killer of men aged 45-74yo, and for 46-64yo women, it’s breast cancer. The number of Aussie women considered obese remained sedentary at 60%, while 75% of blokes fell into that category – up 5% from 2017. Despite that, 65% of men are exercising (+15%) compared to 59% of women (+40%). And on veggie consumption, 4% of men hit the recommended 5 serves a day, compared to 13% of women. What would Alice Zaslavsky say

Australian News Health

The suite-st digs in Barbie land

If you’re a fan of bubblegum pink, have we got the holiday destination for you… A life-size Barbie DreamHouse will be listed on Airbnb in July, and if you can nab a booking, you’ll be hosted by Barbie’s right-hand man, Ken. In a statement, Ken says he’s “added a few touches to bring some much-needed Kenergy” to the renovated mansion, which boasts views over the Malibu coastline. The technicolour abode has a Ken-style closet (beach, cowboy and disco outfits included), an outdoor dancefloor and an infinity pool. Guest can also take home “a piece of the Kendom” – aka yellow and pink rollerblades and a surfboard. It’s a lot to take in, so here’s the listing. Bookings open on 17 July (a few days before the Barbie movie’s release) for one-night stays for up to 2 guests – price TBD. You know what they say, life in plastic, it’s fantastic…

Quirky News

Apropos of nothing

After their Wrexham FC success, actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney could bring some luck to Formula 1 after joining a group of investors to buy a sizable stake in the Alpine Racing team. Netflix’s already-glamorous F1: Drive to Survive series just went to another level…

The long-lost white gown worn by Princess Leia in the final scene of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is expected to fetch up to US$2 million at auction after being found in an attic. It and a heap of famous film memorabilia are up for grabs here.  

And another piece of fashion history discovered in an attic is Princess Diana’s iconic black sheep jumper. It sparked a media frenzy when she first wore it in 1981, and it’s expected to get up to US$80,000 at auction at Sotheby’s in New York later this year.

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

10.00am (AEST) – Frontier Members presale for Taylor Swift Oz tour begins

12.30pm (AEST) – Age Discrimination Commissioner, Kay Patterson, addresses the National Press Club – Canberra

7.30pm (AEST) – Women’s Basketball – Asia Cup – Australia v Japan – Sydney

8.00pm (AEST) – Men’s Test Cricket – Ashes Match 2 – Australia v England – London

Judgment due in Chris Dawson judge-alone trial over carnal knowledge of a minor charge – Sydney

Pre-sentencing hearing for convicted abuser and former school principal Malka Leifer – Melbourne

ABS Data Release – Monthly Consumer Price Index indicator, May

AIHW Release – Residential aged care quality indicators, March quarter

Illuminate Adelaide festival begins (until 30 July)


Birthdays for Mel Brooks (1926), Kathy Bates (1948), John Cusack (1966), and Elon Musk (1971)

Anniversary of:
• Catherine the Great declaring herself sovereign ruler of Russia (1762)
• the coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey (1838)
• the patenting of the saxophone by Antoine-Joseph “Adolfe” Sax (1846)
• the last stand of the Kelly Gang at Glenrowan (1880)
• the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria (1914)
• the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, ending WWI and establishing the League of Nations (1919)
• the start of the Stonewall Riots (lasting 3 days) in Greenwich Village, New York (1969)

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