Cautious Singapore Court Threads Needle in Lee Family Spat


The 15-month suspension from practicing law by the late Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter-in-law late last week over the disposal of the late premier’s black-and-white colonial home is a distressing example of the family’s use of the legal system to settle scores in what ought to have been a private matter, critics say, and is deeply embarrassing for Singapore’s judiciary.

A lawyer, Lee Suet Fern in December of 2013 witnessed Kuan Yew’s apparent decision to revert to a 2011 will ordering the disposition of his properties and assets before he died on March 23, 2015 at age 91. At issue is the disposal of the five-bedroom colonial style mansion at 38 Oxley Road that Kuan Yew moved into in 1945, and whether Suet Fern influenced the decision. Lee, who ruled Singapore for three decades as prime minister, said publicly that he wanted the home torn down following his death to keep it from becoming a shrine to him as the founder of modern Singapore.

In all, Lee Kuan Yew signed six different wills, with varying instructions on bequeathals to the children. Each of the first four stipulated that the house be demolished. That clause was removed in the fifth and didn’t appear in the sixth, which bequeathed the home itself to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In an action witnessed later by Suet Fern, however, he indicated a desire to revert to a 2011 will that removed Lee Wei Ling’s right to stay in the home until her death.

What to do with the home has shredded relations between Lee Hsien Loong, 68, Kuan Yew’s eldest son, and his two siblings, Lee Hsien Yang, 63, a top Singapore corporate executive, and his sister, Lee Wei Ling, a 65-year-old neurosurgeon.

The dispute, which has played itself out on Facebook and other social media for more than three years, has shocked the Singaporean public with its virulence, percolating down into the third generation, with grandson Li Shengwu, an associate Harvard economics professor, accusing the prime minister of having “no shame about using state resources to settle grudges against relatives” and calling for him to resign immediately. Shengwu was fined S$15,000 in January for insulting the judiciary in the affair.

In July of 2017, Lee Hsien Loong was forced to take to the floor of parliament to deny allegations of abuse of power by his siblings and to complain that their accusations were damaging Singapore’s national reputation. Certainly, the case has considerably tarnished Singapore’s jealously-guarded if somewhat specious image of itself as having an independent court system. It is an image that is considerably at odds with reality, the Lee family and the government having used the courts to bring an unbroken successful series of libel and contempt of court suits against political opponents, critics, local bloggers and a long list of international publications. While before the Lees could maintain it was a bristling sense of propriety that sparked the legal actions, now there is widespread concern that the prime minister is inappropriately using the power of his office to involve a public agency in a family squabble.

The current case culminated in February when a two-person Law Society tribunal charged that Lee Suet Fern had deceived a presumably befuddled elder Lee into changing his will to order the disposal of the house. She and her husband say she had nothing to do with the writing of the will, that it was simply a reversion to the 2011 document.

Certainly, Lee Kuan Yew maintained his mental acuity almost up until his death, as noted in the judgment by two witnesses who testified that Lee “appeared frail and his speech was slurred, but his mind was certainly lucid – he asked us who drafted the will and specifically instructed us to date the will today. [The Testator] read through every line of the will and was comfortable to sign and initial every page, which he did in our presence.”

Thousands of pages of documents have been filed in Singapore courts over the issue. Lee Wei Ling, the third sibling, called the Law Society disciplinary tribunal’s action against Lee Suet Fern “a travesty,” and described herself as “appalled and disgusted” by reports that “seek to character assassinate my brother and his wife.”

In a 98-page judgment written on November 20 but issued last week, the three-member panel in its final judgment imposed a suspension that is far lighter than the lifetime disbarment sought by the two-member Singapore law society disciplinary tribunal, which could be construed as an indication that the court was attempting to find a middle path between an attempt to drive Suet Fern out of her profession and a belief that she had done nothing wrong.

The final judgment, for instance, also found that no solicitor-client relationship between Kuan Yew and Suet Fern. That significantly weakens the disciplinary tribunal’s case against Suet Fern. The judgment also pointed out that the elder Lee didn’t object to the wording of his final will in the year and some months remaining to him, also weakening the tribunal’s argument against her.

In effect, the decision to suspend her ability to practice law rested on the fact that “Upon being told that the Testator wished to revert to the First Will, the Respondent was well aware that she was in a position of potential conflict as her husband had been a significant beneficiary under that will.”

In effect, according to the three-judge panel, Suet Fern apparently should have recused herself rather than getting involved in the matter. As the law society panel alleged, Suet Fern “focused primarily on what her husband wanted done”, and “worked together with Mr Lee Hsien Yang, with a singular purpose, of getting [the Testator] to execute the Last Will quickly.”

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Fed spat raises fears Trump wants to ‘burn the house down’


Mnuchin, while requesting extensions for some other emergency facilities, said he believed the US Congress intended the funding to expire on December 31. He also said the programs had clearly achieved their objectives.

Others disagree with both those assessments and see the decision as political in an environment where the Trump administration appears to be doing everything it can to undermine the incoming Biden administration and constrain its ability to govern effectively.

The Fed itself, in a most unusual statement, made it clear that it doesn’t agree with Mnuchin.

“The Federal Reserve would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy,” it said in a statement.

Subsequently, perhaps after “discussions” with the Treasury Secretary, it backed away and said it would work with him to arrange the return of the unused funds.

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A number of Wall Street figures, and the US Chamber of Commerce, agreed with the Fed that the funding shouldn’t be removed. With COVID-19 infections and death rates soaring in the US, unemployment rising again and the reintroduction of virus-related measures to curtail social and economic activity, the US financial markets and economy remain vulnerable.

The Fed’s chairman, Jerome Powell, had said as much earlier in the week, before Mnuchin’s decision, saying he didn’t think it was yet appropriate to let the programs expire. “When the right time comes, and I don’t think that time is yet or very soon, we will put those tools away,” he said.

Once the funds are returned it would require congressional approval to re-fund the program whereas, because the Treasury loans to the Fed were already in place, the facilities could have been extended without congressional involvement.

If the Trump administration is working on the assumption that the Republicans will retain control of the Senate, which is likely but not certain, the return of the unused funding would limit the ability of the Biden administration to use the funds to support businesses and cities ravaged by the pandemic.

While Mnuchin denied the decision was politically driven, that’s not the way Democrats, or some in the markets, see it, variously labelling it “economic sabotage,” a “salting of the earth” and “burning the house down”. The Biden transition team described it as “deeply irresponsible”.

While the Fed did back away from a confrontation, the rift between the two most powerful economic and financial agencies in the US caused some disquiet in markets which regarded the funding in similar terms to the Fed’s – as a backstop against the prospect of another bout of panic in credit markets.

Against the backdrop of the worst wave of the pandemic in the US, the Trump administration is scrambling to lock in decisions before Biden can take office.

There’s also the concern that the Trump administration, with its unprecedented attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election, or at least the credibility of the votes and legitimacy of the Biden administration, is bent on ensuring that the incoming administration is a failure.

That might be with an eye to the mid-terms in 2022 or the 2024 election when it is conceivable that Trump might run again, or use the devotion of his base and his control of the party to support one of his children or at least to determine the Republican nominee.

Against the backdrop of the worst wave of the pandemic in the US, the Trump administration is scrambling to lock in decisions before Biden can take office.

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Whether it is drilling for oil in Alaska and national parks, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, escalating tensions with Iran, adding more sanctions against China, returning mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to private ownership, weakening environmental standards or appointing more judges, the motivation appears to be to undermine the Biden administration’s ability to act.

Most significantly, there has been no movement on a new congressional relief and stimulus package even as the last of the emergency efforts put in place earlier this year are set to expire at the end of next month. The Democrats are sticking with their $US2 trillion-plus plan while the Republicans only want to spend $US500 billion.

There has been no progress towards a compromise, even as the pandemic worsens and signs of economic stress are re-emerging in the US.

There were some signs that the markets were unsettled by the emergence of the spat between the US Treasury and the Fed late last week, perhaps because it was so unusual – there is no history of that kind of public divergence – but also because it points to the wider risks of a transition from Trump to Biden that is also without parallel and which is occurring at such a vulnerable moment for the US.

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Cameron Smith disgusted, Channel 9 spat, book, 60 Minutes, Alex McKinnon, reaction, response


Cameron Smith has lifted the lid on his toxic feud with Channel 9, claiming he was thrown under the bus by a 60 Minutes episode on Alex McKinnon and accusing the network of going back on its promise by butchering a public apology.

McKinnon was left a quadriplegic after a tackle gone wrong against Melbourne in 2014 and bad blood was quickly directed to Storm captain Smith, who argued with the referee while the former Knights star was being taken off the ground by medical staff after a long break in play.

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Smith, not realising how serious McKinnon’s injuries were, complained the tackle should not have resulted in a penalty — and attracted plenty of backlash for it.

In his newly released autobiography The Storm Within, Smith defends his behaviour, saying nothing about Jordan McLean’s tackle was illegal and neither he nor any of his teammates knew McKinnon may have suffered serious spinal injuries until the day after the game.

Smith maintains he and the club tried to make contact with McKinnon in the aftermath to check on his welfare but were repeatedly rebuffed and told they weren’t welcome, given his on-field response.

“I don’t know if Alex was ever made aware of those approaches but I was on the front foot every day,” Smith writes. “‘How is he? Can we go up there? Can we talk to him’.

“There were claims we didn’t care. That we had no regard for the injury he’d suffered. And that simply wasn’t true.”

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In 2015, Nine’s flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes filmed a feature on McKinnon and Smith found himself playing the villain.

In the piece, McKinnon sees for the first time Smith arguing with referee Gerard Sutton. “Is he still debating? Is he f***ing serious?” McKinnon told reporter Liz Hayes. “Wouldn’t you just shut up?”

McKinnon said while McLean had reached out to him personally, Smith hadn’t. McKinnon’s emotional father told the program he could never forgive Smith for the way he acted that night.

Addressing the incident in his book, Smith says he has never watched the episode in full but based on what he’s heard and the snippets he’s seen, believes the vision shown to McKinnon was “a complete misrepresentation of how those eight minutes played out”.

The program aired just days before the 2015 State of Origin decider, which Queensland would win 52-6, and Smith suspects the scheduling decision was designed to boost ratings for the blockbuster clash or put the Maroons off their game.

As far as the champion hooker was concerned, his relationship with Channel 9 was over.

“The Queensland Rugby League let Nine know how I felt: there was no way I was talking to them before, during or after the match,” Smith writes.

The 37-year-old reveals he spoke on the phone with McKinnon a few weeks after 60 Minutes aired, for the first time since his injury. Smith says McKinnon told him Nine played the footage of him talking to the whistleblower “on a loop” and kept asking him about Smith’s actions “until they got the angry reaction out of him that they wanted”.

Smith was furious and accused Nine of taking the focus away from McKinnon overcoming adversity alongside partner Teigan “by putting me in there and sensationalising things”.

THE BLOWBACK

Smith was incensed Nine didn’t reach out for comment before 60 Minutes aired, furious it only contacted him afterwards — an act he believes was done with the hope of getting another program out of his response.

The footy star wouldn’t be talking to the network again until he received an apology and in May 2016 Smith, wife Barb and Nine executives — including then-head of sport Tom Malone, who was executive producer of 60 Minutes at the time of the McKinnon program — sat down in a room with former NRL CEO Todd Greenberg.

“We asked why I hadn’t been asked for comment before the program had aired, and they said they didn’t feel like I needed to be in it,” Smith writes in his book.

“That made no sense. Why wouldn’t they give me a chance to share my opinion?”

Smith and Barb laid down the law in that room at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, questioning whether Nine understood the impact a story like that had not just on him, but on their family, accusing the broadcaster of showing no responsibility for the affected parties’ welfare.

“Barb and I got it all off our chests, and I think they were quite taken aback by the emotion from both of us,” Smith says. “I didn’t get teary, but I did choke up talking about it because of the effect it had on my family.

“All we wanted out of that meeting was for them to realise what they had done, and the effect it had on us as a family.”

THE APOLOGY

Smith demanded an apology. The Melbourne captain says an agreement was reached where he and Malone would appear on an upcoming episode of The Footy Show, and Malone would say sorry publicly before giving Smith a chance to speak too.

But when the night arrived and Smith was waiting in the green room minutes before going on air, he says the tables turned. He was told Malone wasn’t going on TV and instead Footy Show host Paul Vautin would be apologising on Nine’s behalf.

Smith was “stunned” and called the change in plans “bulls***”, accusing Malone of backing out of the deal and threatening to pull the pin on his own appearance.

In the end, Smith just got it over with and Vautin apologised.

Although the former Queensland and Kangaroos skipper’s boycott of Nine ended, he’s still bitter about how things went down.

“I walked away that night p***ed off about how it had all gone down,” Smith writes. “After everything that happened, they couldn’t even get the apology right.”



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Perth teen assaulted, spat on by gang while trick-or-treating in Port Kennedy


A Perth teenager was hit in the head with bolt cutters and then set upon by a group of teenage boys in a horrifying Halloween night attack.

Jayda Hall, 16, was trick-or-treating with friends in Port Kennedy around 7pm last night.

She was approached by three teenage boys on a moped, who Ms Hall says spat on her before turning violent.

“They came towards me and tried to run me over,” Ms Hall told 9News.

“He pulled out bolt cutters and hit me across the back of the head with it, and I fell to the floor.

“I was then kicked in the back.”

Ms Hall’s mother said the boys were all wearing masks during the attack.

9News understands the police have identified the teenage boys accused of the attack and are investigating.



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Piers Morgan rants in fiery spat with guest over JK Rowling’s cross-dressing killer


Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan engaged in a fiery debate on Wednesday’s show over JK Rowling’s new book and the controversy over a cross-dressing character.

JK’s new unreleased book, Troubled Blood, features a male killer who dresses as a woman in order to disguise himself and kill, which many have deemed offensive and transphobic.

Social media users called to boycott the book, with #RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter.

Journalist Benjamin Butterworth joined Piers and Susanna Reid, George Galloway and trans activist Rose of Dawn in a row over whether the book was offensive or not to trans people.

Piers said fictional killers should come in any form

Piers told Benjamin there was no transphobia in the book, quoting a review that said: ‘Tranvestisim barely features, and when it does, nothing is made of the fact that the killer wears a wig and a woman’s coat, not a dress, as a disguise when approaching one of his victims”.

Benjamin said the character contributed to “whipping up hatred and fear” of trans people, who are rarely represented in art.

“JK Rowling has been tweeting derogatory comments about trans people for some months now, some years,” he said.

Benjamin said the book “whipped up hatred” for trans people

“A lot of people, myself included, are incredibly worried about how this smears trans people.”

Piers argued that to “cancel” JK Rowling, who he added he did not actually like as a person, was taking away her free speech.

Benjamin replied: “JK Rowling has not been cancelled, the myth of cancel culture is not alive and well, that’s the only thing that’s dead today.”

Piers said the book was not transphobic and that it was “complete nonsense” to suggest so

Piers said to criticise the character is “complete load of nonsense”, and claimed it upheld inequality to only allow fictional killers to be straight white men.

Bejamin replied: “The point is, that when people know so little about trans people, when they are so rarely covered in books like this, the only supposed representation of transgender people is that they are a killer who dresses as a woman in order to kill is the problem.”

George Galloway argued that you cannot ban art, and brought up the example of Norman Bates in Psycho, who he said no one ever noticed was a cross-dresser.

Shouty Piers cut off the interview after a long rant about Benjamin being intolerant, and then began singing and playing air guitar.

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Rennie fires up in Australia-New Zealand Bledisloe spat


As present rules stand, group sizes would increase over the following 10 days but the 44-man squad would not be able to train properly together until six or seven days before a Test match, likely to be at Eden Park.

By comparison, the All Blacks would be free of restrictions as they are already in New Zealand, in what Rennie believes is an unfair advantage before the first of four Bledisloe Tests in 2020.

RA and NZR will flesh out the details in coming days but Rennie, who announced his first Wallabies squad on Sunday, was not happy about the prospect of such a disjointed preparation as Australia aim to win the coveted trophy for the first time since 2002.

“New Zealand Rugby’s got an expectation that we jump on a plane a day after the Super Rugby final, have two weeks in quarantine where we can’t prepare as a team, and play a Test seven days later,” Rennie said. “Under those quarantine arrangements, I can assure you we won’t be playing a Test that weekend.

“To try and create a culture, to spend time around team building, to get our structures and clarity around all our team detail, is massively important. But you can’t do that as a group for the first two weeks.

“We’ll have some young guys introducing themselves to some of our other Wallabies two weeks into the camp, so it’s unacceptable. We won’t be playing a Test under those sort of conditions.”

Rennie, who is based in Queensland, is yet to get his hands on players and does not even know when the group will depart for New Zealand.

“Nothing’s been finalised which seems amazing,” Rennie said. “The ideal scenario would be to gather here, go through those protocols and we’d arrive clean in New Zealand and then head into quarantine.

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“We need to spend a few days in Australia before we head away.”

Rennie believes preparation will be so limited that he won’t be able to equip players with detailed information regarding on-field tactics.

“We probably can’t have as many strike moves and as many options as we’d like because if we try and do too much we reckon the boys’ heads will be spinning,” he said. “We’ll lack intensity in what we need to put on the park. It’s a case of getting through what we need to and then growing our game over time.”

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NSW Government on brink of collapse after Nationals spat over koala policy


NSW’s Coalition Government could collapse today, after Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued an ultimatum to Nationals MPs to back down on threats or be booted from her cabinet.

Yesterday Nationals leader John Barilaro declared his party would no longer support Government legislation and would sit on the crossbench as a row over koala policy reached breaking point.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian shot back and said they could not have it both ways.

“It is not possible to be the Deputy Premier or a Minister of the Crown and sit on the crossbench,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Ms Berejiklian gave the Nationals until 9.00am today to withdraw their threat or be sacked as ministers.

If the Nationals don’t back down, the Premier can no longer count on the vote of 13 Lower House National MPs and six Upper House MPs.

The Premier has warned she is prepared to swear in a new ministry at Government House today.

Yesterday Mr Barilaro told the media he knew the Liberals would “love” to see him resign “but that would be giving in”.

John Barilaro did not give the Premier any notice before his bombshell announcement.(ABC News)

The political crisis, which puts Ms Berejiklian’s two-seat majority in jeopardy, has been prompted by a policy which aims to protect the habitat of koalas.

The Koala Habitat Protection State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP), means famers and property owners must jump through more hoops if they want to clear land.

Previously, the policy identified 10 koala feed trees based on science from 1995, and studies localised to NSW’s North Coast.

But the new regulations expand that definition, and include 123 trees identified by experts who said they were used by koalas for things like food, shelter and social needs.

Mr Barilaro said the new guidelines went too far, stripped landholders of rights and did nothing to support koalas.

“If we were to support that we would become the laughing stock of regional and rural NSW,” he said.

“This is the right thing to fight for on behalf of the community.”

The Nature Conservation said the regulations would ensure koalas didn’t become extinct in NSW by 2050 as previously predicted.

Chief executive Chris Gambian said it was an “extraordinary hill for the Nationals to die on”.

Last night Planning Minister Rob Stokes told Nine Mr Barilaro was spreading “mistruths” about the policy and asked “why on earth” he was trying to weaken koala laws.



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Team Penske boss Ryan Story and Erebus chief Barry Ryan involved in online spat as feud escalates


The war between DJR Team Penske and Erebus Motorsport has spilled into social media with the heavyweight teams attacking each other in cyberspace.

In an ugly escalation of the feud that has been raging since Scott McLaughlin and Dave Reynolds tangled in Townsville, Penske boss Ryan Story called out his Erebus counterpart after following a serial serving of “who cares” comments posted under stories featuring his two drivers.

News Corp Australia can reveal Erebus employees were behind the “who cares” campaign that saw team personnel posting derogatory comments on stories featuring McLaughlin and his Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard.

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A Facebook story featuring McLaughlin and Coulthard playing cricket even attracted the attention of Erebus boss Barry Ryan with the Bathurst winning co-owner chiming in with a “who cares” of his own.

Ryan’s comment forced a reaction from DJR Team Penkse with the all-conquering team’s boss weighing in.

“Nice work Baz,” Story wrote.

“We all work hard to activate and deliver value for our partners so we can keep going racing. I would never post a comment like this on a similar Erebus initiative. Never.”

The two teams have been at war since Reynolds and McLaughlin collided in Townsville last year.

The feud erupted when McLaughlin slammed Reynolds as a “desperado” for a lunge that ended up taking both drivers out of the Townsville 400.

“It was pretty full-on, wasn’t it? Especially lap one,” McLaughlin said in a post-race interview.

“Everybody’s battling for visibility and traction, it’s risk management on days like today. Especially when you’re up the front and in a (strong) championship position, like he is.

“Dave was just a desperado. He can say what he wants; I went down and saw him and he said I turned in or whatever. But personally, if I turned in it was by a millimetre and he’s just clipped me up the rear, so whatever.”

Reynolds turned it into a war on the words when he launched the first of several verbal attacks.

“He is very precious these days,” Reynolds said.

“He is not what he used to be. It is a different Scott to what we knew years ago. That is what I feel anyway but I don’t think I am alone.

“There has been a definite change. When we first saw him in GRM (Garry Rogers Motorsport) he used to swear in his interviews and say funny, off the cuff things – real stuff. Now he just thanks the team and the sponsors. It is all very corporatised. It is probably good for the sponsors but boring for everyone else.’’

McLaughlin responded, of course.

“It’s one of those things, where it’s always going to be different, when you go to other teams and there’s a lot of pressures that comes with that,” McLaughlin said.

“Some people grow up and some people don’t, and I think we can tell which one (of us) has grown up.

“I think I’m the same person I’ve always been. I just understand I’ve got a bit more on my shoulders and now I’m in a completely different position.”

The pair will resume the on-track war – which is clearly being won by McLaughlin – on Saturday in Darwin when the championship resumes.



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Donald Trump adviser and Marge Simpson in Twitter spat after Kamala Harris comparison | US News


A Twitter fight has broken out between Donald Trump’s campaign adviser and the fictional character Marge Simpson.

The war of words kicked off when Jenna Ellis, an adviser and lawyer to the US president, tweeted that newly-appointed Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris sounded like the cartoon housewife.

“Kamala sounds like Marge Simpson,” she wrote, prompting a backlash from Democrat supporters.

In a video posted on The Simpsons’ official Twitter account, the cartoon character – who is voiced by Julie Kavner – said she felt “disrespected” by the comparison.

“I usually don’t get into politics, but the president’s senior adviser Jenna Ellis just said Kamala Harris sounds like me,” the character said, explaining that Lisa, her daughter on the show, told her, “she doesn’t mean it as a compliment”.

“As an ordinary suburban housewife, I’m starting to feel a little disrespected,” she said.

“I teach my children not to name-call, Jenna.”

She added: “I was gonna say I’m p***** off, but I’m afraid they’d bleep it.”

Ms Ellis, who has repeatedly criticised mail-in voting, hit back: “Marge is probably going to vote Democrat… by mail.”

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In a spoof video, it showed a cartoon version of Mr Trump with a book titled Great Speeches by A Hitler on his bed and a photograph on his wall apparently showing his eldest sons, Eric and Donald Junior, holding a dead cheetah.





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Police officer allegedly spat on by Victorian truck driver at SA coronavirus checkpoint



A truck driver from Victoria has been arrested after allegedly spitting on a police officer in South Australia’s south-east at a border checkpoint set up to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The 63-year-old man’s grain truck was stopped at the checkpoint at Hynam, a small township on the Wimmera Highway near the Victorian border, about 10:00am.

Police said the driver was travelling westwards from Victoria “at speed” before coming to a stop.

“While police were speaking to him regarding his manner of driving, he became abusive and spat on one of the officers,” police said in a statement.

Police said saliva struck the male officer on the hand and uniform.

The driver was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting police and using offensive language.

He has been refused bail and will face the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court later today.

It is the latest alleged criminal incident against South Australia’s health care and emergency workers since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Last month a nurse was allegedly spat on as she walked along Hindley Street to work.

In March, a woman was charged with speeding through a checkpoint on the Barrier Highway in breach of new COVID-19 legislation, and allegedly coughed on two police officers.



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