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Toorak resident in an upmarket Melbourne suburb finds a COFFIN left out for collection in the street

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A coffin has been left out for rubbish collection in a wealthy Melbourne suburb.

The wooden coffin, with metal plating, was left in Toorak, in Melbourne’s south-east, among other household items including a couch.

The metal plating was left blank and was filled with plastic, according to Seven News

A coffin has been left out for rubbish collection in a wealthy Melbourne suburb

A coffin has been left out for rubbish collection in a wealthy Melbourne suburb

A coffin has been left out for rubbish collection in a wealthy Melbourne suburb

Toorak is a wealthy suburb with a median house price of $4.4million.

Social media users were left in stitches at the bizarre sighting, and revealed the coffin has been claimed.

The other rubbish it was with remains.  

‘It will save someone money if they need one,’ one person commented on social media.

Another said: ‘Quite shocking to see a coffin left out for hard rubbish collection!’

One joker couldn’t miss an opportunity to make other social media users laugh.

The wooden coffin, with metal plating, was left in Toorak, in Melbourne's south-east, among other household items such as a couch

The wooden coffin, with metal plating, was left in Toorak, in Melbourne's south-east, among other household items such as a couch

The wooden coffin, with metal plating, was left in Toorak, in Melbourne’s south-east, among other household items such as a couch

The person commented: ‘That’s mine. I woke from the dead and don’t need it yet.’

Others chose to see coffin as a political statement instead.

One person said: ‘It’s probably representing the state of Victoria under Dan Andrews.’

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Kerry Stokes could be open to selling Channel Seven after it came close to merging with Channel Ten

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Channel Seven reportedly came close to merging operations with rival free-to-air network Channel Ten this year, as Seven owner Kerry Stokes held talks with Ten’s parent company ViacomCBS.

Sources said Mr Stokes – whose Seven Group Holdings parent company is Channel Seven’s biggest shareholder – began talks in April with the boss of the US conglomerate to discuss the potential merger.

The talks included discussion of merging the two companies’ sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal, The Age reported.

While Mr Stokes’ negotiations with ViacomCBS president Bob Bakish did not result in a deal, media analysts said it indicated the 80-year-old Western Australian billionaire was prepared to offload his debt-saddled Seven network assets.

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

As of the end of July, Seven’s net debt had reached $481million.

Seven chief executive James Warburton has also made clear his intention to sell off certain parts of the company to allow it to restructure more easily. 

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies' sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies' sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies’ sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Seven and ViacomCBS have both declined to comment on the report.

Sources said Mr Stokes was undeterred by Australian federal laws prohibiting more than one of the free-to-air TV networks being owned by the same company.

The Seven West Media chairman – who was valued at $3.8billion by Forbes this month – is reportedly optimistic about navigating around the rule because of his close ties with Canberra.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was the best man at the wedding of Mr Stokes’ son Ryan in 2016.

Ryan Stokes is understood to have less interest in his family’s media holdings than his father. 

Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her partner David Panton, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie as well as hospitality mogul Justin Hemmes and his partner Kate Fowler also attended the high-powered nuptials.

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family's media holdings than his father

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family's media holdings than his father

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family’s media holdings than his father

Last month, it emerged Seven West Media had refused to pay full price for its broadcast rights with Cricket Australia, only making a partial payment that is certain to stretch a relationship that is already incredibly strained.

Seven and CA were at loggerheads on the eve of the 2020-21 season, with the disgruntled free-to-air broadcaster threatening to walk away from its commitment to the sport.  

Seven, which was due to pay $25million to CA, confirmed a smaller total had been transferred.

‘Seven has paid the first instalment reflecting our assessment of fair value,’ Mr Warburton said in a statement.

ViacomCBS’s Australian subsidiary owns Ten and the local versions of MTV and Nickelodeon and turned over more than $27billion in revenue in 2018. 

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Queensland election: Liberal Deb Frecklington pledges new $8million ice task force

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Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington will set up a police taskforce dedicated to tackling the drug ice if she wins Saturday’s state election.

The new taskforce, costing $8million, will use staff from existing police units.

Ms Frecklington claims Labor has been soft on crime while in power and has let it get out of control in north Queensland. 

‘We will shut down the big crime gangs that are pedalling drugs to our kids,’ she told reporters in Townsville on Monday.

‘Under the LNP there will be more treatment, more prevention and more rehabilitation.’

The death rate for ice, the street name for methamphetamine, has increased four times in Australia since the turn of the century.

Ms Frecklington will also invest $2 million on mental health and drug awareness in partnership with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. 

Under the plan, which is aimed at reducing crime, teens still out after curfew will be arrested by police and taken to community centres.

They will be held there until picked up by family members, with parents slapped with a $250 fine each time one of their children is caught outside.

Ms Frecklington says the policy isn’t racist or aimed at any particular group.

The LNP leader said she represents the Indigenous community of Cherbourg, while her husband works in Indigenous communities training juvenile offenders.

‘I find it offensive that people think that this is a racism issue. This is a juvenile crime issue and it doesn’t go across race.’

Ms Frecklington came up with the plan after holding numerous crime forums since 2017.

She said police in her electorate support the curfew policy as well as other officers across Queensland.

‘I come from the South Burnett – my local coppers love this policy. In fact, they’ve asked for it to be extended,’ Ms Frecklington said.

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

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Newborn baby is left fighting for its life after being MAULED by a dog at a home

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A baby has been left in a critical condition after being mauled by a dog at a home on New Zealand‘s North Island.

The newborn was left with horrific injuries after the attack in Enderley on Sunday night.

The infant was rushed by St Johns Ambulance to Waikato Hospital, and was listed as being in a critical condition.

‘Emergency services were called to a Hamilton address at around 7pm last night after an infant was bitten by a dog,’ a New Zealand police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

‘The infant was transported to hospital in a serious condition. Inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.’

Police could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog. 

The dog was seized and secured at the Hamilton City Council animal control facility.

Hamilton City Council animal control manager Susan Stanford said the council was supporting the victim and their family. 

‘This is a traumatic time for all involved and our thoughts are with the families and individuals involved,’ she told NZ Herald. 

Data obtained by the New Zealand Ministry of Health found there were 4,958 dog attacks that required hospitalisation between 2004 and 2014.

The research found most attacks happen at home, with children under 10-years-old most vulnerable.

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

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