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White police officer threatens to ‘smash’ Aboriginal man’s phone over bus fare dispute

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An Aboriginal man has recorded the moment a police officer threatened to smash his mobile phone out of his hand during a dispute about a $2.40 bus fare. 

Jock Norris shot the video in Drouin in West Gippsland, Victoria in 2017 after a bus driver denied him from getting on a bus before he topped up his Myki card.

The 26-year-old Aboriginal man told Daily Mail Australia the bus driver called the police who got out of the car and approached him to ask if he needed help.

‘I said ‘no I don’t need their help’,’ he said. 

‘The bus driver called (police on me). I reckon he was a racist himself.’

Jock Norris filmed a policeman (pictured) threatening to smash his phone out of his hand in Drouin in West Gippsland, Victoria in 2017

Jock Norris filmed a policeman (pictured) threatening to smash his phone out of his hand in Drouin in West Gippsland, Victoria in 2017

Jock Norris filmed a policeman (pictured) threatening to smash his phone out of his hand in Drouin in West Gippsland, Victoria in 2017

Mr Norris said he was worried when police arrived so grabbed his phone to video the encounter.

‘I was kind of nervous for what was going to happen,’ he said. ‘I didn’t want to get arrested. That’s why I started recording, for my own safety.’

In the video, the officer says: ‘If you record it, I’m going to smash it out of your hand.’

When Mr Norris asks why, the officer responds ‘because I want to.’

The footage shows Mr Norris leaving the scene in fear after the officer’s threat. 

‘I started running,’ he said.

‘I live close… I ran and and started screaming out to my Mum.’

Mr Norris said he was known to police in the area. 

‘They intimidate me and follow me around town all because of who I am and my race,’ he said.

Following the incident, Mr Norris received a fine and other allegations in the mail from police for using abusive language in a public place.

Mr Norris said he ran away screaming from the bus stop in fear after the officer made his threat

Mr Norris said he ran away screaming from the bus stop in fear after the officer made his threat

Mr Norris said he ran away screaming from the bus stop in fear after the officer made his threat

‘Police subsequently charged him with a number of criminal charges that were not reflected in the video, including allegations he called the policeman a ‘white dog’,’ Mr Norris’ lawyer Andrew Papadimitropoulos told Daily Mail Australia. 

Mr Norris was found guilty in the Magistrates Court, before making an appeal for in County Court. 

All charges against him were withdrawn before his scheduled appearance in County Court, where Mr Norris intended to use his video recording as evidence.

Mr Papadimitropoulos said the prosecution withdrew their charges on the basis of no application for costs.

‘My opinion is that they should have been dropped from the start,’ he said. ‘The allegations were not supported by the video.

‘It would have been difficult for a young Aboriginal man to defend the allegations, but for the fact they were captured on video.’ 

Police made allegations that Mr Norris called the policeman a 'white dog' in their encounter

Police made allegations that Mr Norris called the policeman a 'white dog' in their encounter

Police made allegations that Mr Norris called the policeman a ‘white dog’ in their encounter

Barrister Leonard Hartnett said the whole case was ‘outrageous’.

‘We thought it was a worthy appeal. My memory is that the DPP got in touch and said they would withdraw the charges, which on the record would be a victory for us but they wouldn’t pay our costs,’ he said.

‘I remember my jaw dropping. It was quite unusual they would withdraw charges and then bargain over costs in a criminal matter.’

A Victoria Police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia officers attended the scene following reports a verbally abusive man.

‘It is believed the man did not have a valid Myki and was denied entry to the bus before making abusive comments,’ the spokesperson said.

‘The man also made abusive comments to police on arrival.

‘He was issued with a penalty infringement notice for use insulting words in public place.

‘The penalty infringement notice was later withdrawn on appeal.’

Mr Norris re-posted the video online on Tuesday in response to global protests and demonstrations through the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions for comment.

Mr Norris reposted the video on Tuesday in response to global attention to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement

Mr Norris reposted the video on Tuesday in response to global attention to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement

Mr Norris reposted the video on Tuesday in response to global attention to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement

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Boost Juice sparks a heated debate after launching a new coriander-flavoured smoothie

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Australian juice chain Boost Juice has sparked a heated debate on social media after launching a new coriander and pineapple flavoured smoothie. 

The juice brand teased its customers – including those who are part of the ‘I hate coriander crowd’ – on Facebook after asking fans whether or not they like coriander. 

‘Hate coriander? You can suck it,’ the chain joked on Monday. And in a cheeky move, the brand also revealed it had purchased the ‘I love coriander’ domain name.

More than 1,400 people responded to the amusing thread, with hundreds of people expressing their ‘hatred’ over one of the world’s most controversial and divisive herbs.

Australian juice chain Boost Juice has sparked a heated debate on social media after asking fans whether or not they like coriander

Australian juice chain Boost Juice has sparked a heated debate on social media after asking fans whether or not they like coriander

Australian juice chain Boost Juice has sparked a heated debate on social media after asking fans whether or not they like coriander

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‘Coriander makes my blood boil, there’s nothing I hate more than coriander. It literally tastes like soap with the texture of grass and is vile and revolting,’ one said.

Another woman wrote: ‘If I could burn all the coriander on this planet, I would. Lost me on this one. Pretty sure it came from the pits of hell.’

Many insisted ‘coriander is grown in the devil’s garden’ while some joked ‘it’s the real devil’s lettuce’.

Dozens of people suggested the herb tastes like dishwashing soap or even vomit.

‘I believe I’m justified in my hate of coriander, I’m one of the people who can taste soap too. I can’t even walk past fresh coriander without wanting to gag,’ one said.

Another woman wrote: ‘Coriander tastes like vomit to me. I’ve tried so hard to love it, but really, I just can’t no matter how I try. Just keeps on tasting like vomit.’

The debate comes as the juice brand unveils its smoothie range, including new flavours such as 'pineapple coriander twist' and 'pineapple lychee crush'

The debate comes as the juice brand unveils its smoothie range, including new flavours such as 'pineapple coriander twist' and 'pineapple lychee crush'

The debate comes as the juice brand unveils its smoothie range, including new flavours such as ‘pineapple coriander twist’ and ‘pineapple lychee crush’

Scientists previously found up to one in seven people can experience the taste and smell of coriander completely differently, describing it as being like soap.

They found a set of genes related to smell and taste are responsible for this effect.

‘It’s literally genetics that determines if you can taste the soapy taste in coriander or not, so you can’t really help not liking it when you can taste a gross taste others can’t,’ one woman explained.

Another said: ‘Cool fact! Some people (like me!) have a genetic variation which makes coriander taste like soap. For that reason, I personally avoid it like the plague.’ 

And one man added: ‘I wish I knew what coriander tastes like to most people. Unfortunately I’m one of those people for whom it tastes like soap.’ 

Many fans defended the divisive herb, with one woman saying: ‘Coriander is the single greatest plant on the planet. 

‘If the Prime Minister was coriander I bet we’d have flying cars, world peace and the Aussie dollar would be on par with British pounds… Curries, chutneys and ice cream. Is there anything that glorious herb can’t do? I don’t think so,’ she said.

many fans defended the divisive herb, with one woman saying: 'Coriander is the single greatest plant on the planet

many fans defended the divisive herb, with one woman saying: 'Coriander is the single greatest plant on the planet

many fans defended the divisive herb, with one woman saying: ‘Coriander is the single greatest plant on the planet

A second fan wrote: ‘Finally the battle between good and evil is upon us! You hates are going down.’

And another added: ‘Coriander is my single favourite thing. All salads should have coriander instead of lettuce.’ 

One fan suggested: ‘For all the coriander lovers, you might want to try making cilantro ice-cream. Seriously amazing. Google it and put your lock down time to good use.’

Meanwhile, one woman asked: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever had coriander. Is this another thing I’m missing out on in life?!’

The debate comes as the juice brand unveils its smoothie range, including new flavours such as ‘pineapple coriander twist’ and ‘pineapple lychee crush’.

Many said they couldn’t pluck up the courage to try the new coriander-flavoured smoothie.

‘This is my worst nightmare. Imagine drinking a coriander smoothie,’ one woman said, while another added: ‘I mean if the world was ending and the only thing left to drink was a coriander smoothie… guess I’d be going thirsty.’

Some who already tried the latest creation said: ‘Just tried it. Delish.’

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Australia’s number one domestic holiday destination revealed as lockdowns smash the industry

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Australia’s surprising number one holiday hotspot has been revealed as COVID-19 border closures cause holidaymakers to focus on domestic destinations. 

Broome may not be the first place in mind when thinking of a tropical paradise – but pristine white sandy beaches and warm blue water is exactly what the location offers.  

Australians are booking tickets to the remote town on Western Australia’s north coast in droves with Broome topping the list of flight bookings for 2021, according to new research by Skyscanner. 

Broome in WA (pictured) may not be the first the first place in mind when thinking of a tropical paradise - but that is what the location offers

Broome in WA (pictured) may not be the first the first place in mind when thinking of a tropical paradise - but that is what the location offers

Broome in WA (pictured) may not be the first the first place in mind when thinking of a tropical paradise – but that is what the location offers 

The white sandy beaches of remote Broome have been called among the best in Australia

The white sandy beaches of remote Broome have been called among the best in Australia

The white sandy beaches of remote Broome have been called among the best in Australia 

Travel review site TripAdvisor also recently found in a survey that Broome was the most popular holiday destination for Australians looking to get away after experiencing months of lockdowns and travel bans.  

Personal assistant Joelle Matier, 22, and Johnathan Dean, 24, from Perth decided to head to Broome for a six-day break together after they both could no longer go on their international trips.

‘It’s so beautiful, clean, pristine. The temperature is amazing and the beaches are amazing … I would definitely come back,’ Ms Matier told The Australian from Cable Beach on Tuesday. 

While the visit was Ms Matier’s first to the area, Mr Dean, a PhD student, said he remembered the location from a trip ten years ago and while there may not be the buzz of places like America, the beach were among the best in the world.  

The federal government banned international travel in mid-March to stem the spread of coronavirus, with the ban then extended earlier in September until the end of this year. 

Western Australia's north (pictured) is one of the few areas where Australia's rugged outback reaches the coast

Western Australia's north (pictured) is one of the few areas where Australia's rugged outback reaches the coast

Western Australia’s north (pictured) is one of the few areas where Australia’s rugged outback reaches the coast 

Beach horse and camel treks are a popular activity for hoiidaymakers in Broome (pictured)

Beach horse and camel treks are a popular activity for hoiidaymakers in Broome (pictured)

Beach horse and camel treks are a popular activity for hoiidaymakers in Broome (pictured) 

Australian state border restrictions

Victoria: Completely open, but other states are banning residents from going there

NSW: Border with Victoria is closed but others are open without restriction

Queensland: Open to everywhere but Victoria, NSW, and the ACT

Northern Territory: Open to everywhere but Victoria and Sydney, which must do hotel quarantine

South Australia: Closed to Victoria, NSW arrivals must self-isolate, rest are open

Tasmania: Closed to Victoria, everywhere else must do hotel quarantine

Western Australia: Closed to everywhere without an exemption 

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Australians returning to the country have also been subject to 14-days of hotel quarantine and associated flight caps which have left thousands stranded overseas struggling to get flights home. 

Varying state border closures have also been in place throughout the year with Western Australia currently closed to all states.

The flight booking data, however, shows Australians are betting that state borders will be open and at least some international destinations will be full steam ahead next year. 

Filling out the top four destinations booked in September for travel next year along with Broome were London, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur.  

Tourist accomodation in scenic Australian areas has been steadily being booked up as travellers who would usually head overseas shift their attention to exploring our own coasts, national parks, and world famous outback. 

‘Many of our WA visitors to Broome are new, in that they would usually be visiting Europe, North America or high-end Bali [instead] they are discovering the charms of Broome for the first time.’ Natasha Mahar, chief executive of Australia’s North West Tourism said. 

Broome’s Bali Hai resort and spa owner Andy Guidera said his occupancy rates for September to November were the best in 20 years, while Seashells Broome owner Deb Williams agreed. 

‘We have seen a huge increase in occupancy from September into 2021, which is  really promising,’ Ms Williams said. 

Australians looking for a breather from lockdowns are booking holidays in remote Australian locations such as Broome (pictured)

Australians looking for a breather from lockdowns are booking holidays in remote Australian locations such as Broome (pictured)

Australians looking for a breather from lockdowns are booking holidays in remote Australian locations such as Broome (pictured) 

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Queensland could open its borders to ALL of NSW in just two weeks as coronavirus cases tumble

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A re-opening of the Queensland border to all of New South Wales could be just two weeks away. 

All NSW residents may be able to enter the Sunshine State sooner than expected after no untraceable cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last two weeks.

The Queensland Government have pledged to open the border if NSW goes 28 days without recording a coronavirus infection with no known source.    

Queensland may open its border to all of NSW in two weeks. QLD has pledged to open when NSW goes 28 days without an unidentified COVID-19 transmission  (pictured: Gold Coast)

Queensland may open its border to all of NSW in two weeks. QLD has pledged to open when NSW goes 28 days without an unidentified COVID-19 transmission  (pictured: Gold Coast)

Queensland may open its border to all of NSW in two weeks. QLD has pledged to open when NSW goes 28 days without an unidentified COVID-19 transmission  (pictured: Gold Coast)

NSW (Sydney Harbour pictured) has gone two weeks without recording a coronavirus infection with no known source. Six new cases in quarantine were reported on Wednesday

NSW (Sydney Harbour pictured) has gone two weeks without recording a coronavirus infection with no known source. Six new cases in quarantine were reported on Wednesday

NSW (Sydney Harbour pictured) has gone two weeks without recording a coronavirus infection with no known source. Six new cases in quarantine were reported on Wednesday 

Current coronavirus restrictions demand NSW travellers to isolate for two weeks after crossing the border into Queensland (Jetstar flight in Melbourne pictured)

Current coronavirus restrictions demand NSW travellers to isolate for two weeks after crossing the border into Queensland (Jetstar flight in Melbourne pictured)

Current coronavirus restrictions demand NSW travellers to isolate for two weeks after crossing the border into Queensland (Jetstar flight in Melbourne pictured) 

Queensland health authorities described the unknown cases as ‘where the contact tracing and testing is unable to identify how the person was infected’. 

NSW recorded just six new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to Tuesday night and all infections were returned travellers in hotel quarantine. 

It marks the second day in a row of no community transmission. The last time NSW had consecutive days without community transmission was July 3, 4 and 5.     

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was hopeful the Queensland border restrictions would be completely removed sooner rather than later.

‘I hope the Queensland government takes that final step in in getting rid of the border because the evidence is certainly indicating that it can. 

‘And I feel more confident after yesterday that that could be sooner than I anticipated,’ she said on Wednesday.  

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the last unknown local source of COVID-19 infection was recorded on September 7.

‘So whilst we have had cases reported recently we have been able to identify the source of those,’ she said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured above) to ease the harsh border restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured above) to ease the harsh border restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured above) to ease the harsh border restrictions 

Queensland (Gold Coast pictured) will open to 41 new postcodes in NSW next weekend

Queensland (Gold Coast pictured) will open to 41 new postcodes in NSW next weekend

Queensland (Gold Coast pictured) will open to 41 new postcodes in NSW next weekend 

‘So very pleasing numbers but it is now time for complacency. We do continue to as the community to work with us to get those testing rates up high,’ she said.     

On Tuesday Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that as of next weekend the state would be open to more NSW residents.

Residents in 41 postcodes including Byron Shire, Ballina, Lismore, the Richmond Valley including Casino and Evans Head, and Glen Innes will be added to the Queensland-NSW border bubble from 1am on October 1.  

Ms Palaszczuk said those 152,000 NSW residents will be able to travel freely in Queensland and residents of her state will also be able to travel in far northern NSW. 

‘These areas have a lot in common with Queensland,’ she said on Tuesday morning. 

‘They usually do a lot of their business in Queensland so we believe that this is the right measure to take and we have also been in contact with the NSW authorities to advise them of this today as well.’ 

The announcement of border changes come as Queensland prepares to welcome ACT travellers back up north on Friday.

The border will open only to Canberrans who arrive by plane and anyone coming from NSW via the ACT will have to wait 14 days before being allowed to fly.   

It was also announced on Tuesday that South Australia would open its borders to residents in NSW from midnight on Wednesday.  

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar have begun to add extra flights to their schedules in response to the relaxed restrictions.

The last unknown local source of COVID-19 infection in NSW was recorded on September 7

The last unknown local source of COVID-19 infection in NSW was recorded on September 7

The last unknown local source of COVID-19 infection in NSW was recorded on September 7

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