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Today’s live news blog began with a weather update for Brisbane, where a mostly sunny day with a maximum of 28 degrees was expected. The top local story covered the tragic killing spree at a Sydney shopping centre that resulted in the deaths of five women and one man, raising concerns about the nation’s mental health sector. The parents of the Bondi Junction killer extended their condolences to the victims, highlighting their son’s descent from a country school kid to a national “monster” due to untreated mental illness.

Australian Olympic supremo John Coates was listed to appear before a Senate inquiry into Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games preparations, after initially declining to provide evidence. Across the country, major infrastructure project costs are rising and deadlines are being extended, with a state election approaching that may shed light on the situation. Additionally, the principal of a private Brisbane boys’ school, facing accusations of historical sexual abuse in a civil court claim, has returned to his role.

In arts news, Nathan Maynard’s new play, titled 37 and co-produced by Queensland Theatre and the Melbourne Theatre Company, explores the impact of former Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes’ treatment on a low-tier AFL team that has drafted two Indigenous players. Moving on to sports, Jason Dunstall, known as “the little boy from Queensland,” has been elevated to Legend status in the AFL’s hall of fame, recognizing his significant contributions to the sport.

These top stories from the live news blog showcase a mix of current events and cultural highlights. The tragedies of the Sydney shopping centre killing spree and the allegations of abuse at a Brisbane boys’ school shed light on serious issues in society. The upcoming Senate inquiry into Brisbane’s Olympic Games preparations and the recognition of Jason Dunstall in the AFL hall of fame offer a glimpse into the worlds of politics and sports. The arts also take center stage with Nathan Maynard’s thought-provoking play, 37, which delves into important themes surrounding Indigenous representation in sport. Overall, a diverse range of topics were covered in today’s news blog, providing a snapshot of what’s happening in the local community and beyond.

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