Afternoon Update: Sydney bishop forgives alleged attacker; Indonesian volcano erupts; and life lessons from an archery class

<span>Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel.</span><span>Photograph: AAP/Reuters</span>
Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel.Photograph: AAP/Reuters

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Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel has forgiven his alleged attacker in his first public comments since he was stabbed while delivering a sermon at a church in western Sydney.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Emmanuel said: “I forgive whoever has done this act … I say to him: ‘You’re my son. I love you and I will always pray for you.’

“I have nothing in my heart but love for everyone. Whether that person is a Christian or not, it’s totally beside the point.”

You can learn more about Emmanuel in our explainer video.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Dani Mansour, the first person arrested and charged for allegedly taking part in the riot outside the church, has been granted bail on strict conditions.

Top news

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  • Man charged over cocaine bricks on NSW beaches | A Brisbane man has been charged over a botched international drug trafficking plot to import 900kg of cocaine into Australia after the discoveries of bricks of drugs on New South Wales beaches. Australia federal police allege the man is the Australian head of a transnational crime group operating out of Brisbane.

  • Queensland parliament passes 75% carbon reduction target | A packed gallery watched on as 84 MPs voted for the groundbreaking emissions reduction legislation, with just three people voting no, including two Katter Australian party MPs and a One Nation MP. The bill creates a target of a 30% reduction in emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, 75% by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Labor looks to ease Hecs burden | In response to student debts growing by more than 4% this year, Anthony Albanese has suggested the government is looking to reduce the rate of indexation. According to parliamentary library research for the Greens, debts will rise in June by between 4.2% and 4.8%.

  • China sounds warning after Philippines and US announce military drills | Philippine and US forces will carry out their first ever military exercises outside the south-east Asian country’s territorial waters, in a move China has said will only lead to greater insecurity in the South China Sea.

  • Indonesia volcano eruption sparks tsunami fears | Authorities in Indonesia have issued a tsunami alert after a volcano erupted five times in the province of North Sulawesi, spewing a column of smoke more than a mile into the sky and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes. See footage from the eruption here.

  • Security guard injured in Bondi attack may be offered residency | A Pakistani security guard stabbed in the Bondi Junction attack may be offered permanent residency or citizenship, the prime minister said. The government “certainly will” consider extending a residency offer to Muhammad Taha, he said.

  • Meg Lanning opens up on struggles that led to cricket retirement | The former Australia cricket captain Meg Lanning struggled with “an unhealthy relationship” with exercise and food leading up to her shock retirement. A self-described private person, Lanning has finally shared why she ended her international career at the age of 31.

  • Quentin Tarantino reportedly scraps plans for his final film | The 61-year-old director has reportedly abandoned his plans for The Movie Critic, the film that was to be his 10th and final project.

In pictures

Fiona Katauskas ponders a more cohesive and understanding world in her latest cartoon.

What they said …


“Samantha, Rebecca, Swetha, Hannah, Ashley, Jade, Yixuan, Pikria, Dawn.”

The Victorian premier, Jacinta Allan, named nine women who had recently lost their lives as she spoke out about violence against women. She said: “Behind each and every one of these statistics is a name – a woman.”

In numbers

Almost 190,000 households are stuck on social housing waiting lists amid Australia’s housing crisis, according to a Guardian Australia analysis of state and territory data. Read more here.

Before bed read

My first time at an archery class: ‘There’s so much tension it’s like a romantic comedy’

In her fortnightly review of fitness and wellbeing activities, comedian Jennifer Wong finds that to succeed in life and archery, it helps to aim lower.

Daily word game

Today’s starter word is: ILK. You have five goes to get the longest word including the starter word. Play Wordiply.

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