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Morning, we are Wednesday March 23 and we are already hearing about the next Oscar ceremony.

Why? Well, with less than a week to go, the drama has well and truly begun.

My colleague and senior entertainment editor, Chelsea McLaughlin, explained everything that happened here (including a pretty big invite snub).

But first, allow yourself to share some of the biggest news that women are talking about this morning.

1. NSW MP Gareth Ward has been charged with historical sexual abuse allegations.

This article deals with the topic of sexual abuse and might trigger some readers.

NSW MP and former Liberal cabinet minister Gareth Ward has been charged over the alleged historic sexual abuse of a teenager and a man.

The 40-year-old was charged on Tuesday with three counts of assault with indecency, and one count each of sexual intercourse without consent and common assault.

NSW Police allege he indecently assaulted a 17-year-old boy in Meroo Meadow in February 2013 and sexually abused a 27-year-old man in Sydney in September 2015.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet, who is on paternity leave, immediately called on Ward to resign from parliament, saying he would take steps to sack him unless he did.

“Although Mr Ward is entitled to the presumption of innocence, like any citizen, the standards expected of an elected MP are not compatible with the seriousness of the charges against him,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

Ward said on Tuesday he was “completely innocent of the charges against me” in a statement provided to the ABC.

“I will instruct my lawyers to seek to bring this matter to court as quickly as possible and I look forward to proving my innocence there,” he said.

Ward has been released on bail and will appear in Port Kembla Local Court on May 18.

Meanwhile, in other news, NSW Liberal MP Tanya Davies gave a speech attacking COVID-19 vaccination mandates, saying she thinks her own government has gone too far.

Tanya Davies addressed the anti-vaccination rally outside the NSW parliament on Tuesday, praising protesters for calling on “this government for fairness and freedom”.

If this message raises any issues for you, or if you just need someone to talk to, please call 1800 RESPECTS (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counseling service. No matter where you live, they will take your call and, if necessary, direct you to a service closer to you.

You can also call security steps 24/7 Domestic Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for more information.

The Men’s Referral Service is also available on 1300 766 491 or via online chat on www.ntv.org.au.

2. “Brave” Hannah Clarke spoke after the attack.

This article deals with the topic of domestic violence and might trigger some readers.

An ‘incredibly brave’ Hannah Clarke has given extensive details of a fiery ambush set up by her ex-husband just minutes after the attack that claimed the lives of her children and then herself.

At the time, only 3% of the 31-year-old’s body was unaffected by burns – injuries so severe that medical experts at the scene did not expect her to survive, said an investigation in Brisbane.

“It was just amazing what she was able to tell me and how much she was able to help us,” chief agent Angus Skaines said Tuesday.

Clarke was leaving her parents’ Camp Hill home in Brisbane with children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, in February 2020 when Rowan Baxter set it on fire.

Senior Agent Skaines said Clarke was incredibly brave in providing specific details such as spellings of names and giving addresses and dates of birth when he arrived around 8.37am.

Clarke was “surprisingly” able to answer his questions, although at one point she said she couldn’t stand because it was getting too much, he said.

The inquest before Coroner Jane Bentley continues.

If this message raises any issues for you, or if you just need someone to talk to, please call 1800 RESPECTS (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counseling service. No matter where you live, they will take your call and, if necessary, direct you to a service closer to you.

You can also call security steps 24/7 Domestic Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for more information.

The Men’s Referral Service is also available on 1300 766 491 or via online chat on www.ntv.org.au.

3. Putin critic Alexei Navalny imprisoned for nine years.

A Russian court has found imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny guilty of large-scale fraud, sentencing him to nine years in prison.

The 45-year-old was already serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence in a prison camp east of Moscow for parole violations related to charges he says were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions .

Navalny was jailed last year upon returning to Russia after receiving medical treatment in Germany following an attack with a Soviet-era nerve toxin while visiting Siberia in 2020.

Navalny blamed Putin for the attack, but the Kremlin said it had seen no evidence he had been poisoned and denied any Russian role if he had.

His current sentence will be incorporated into that handed down on Tuesday, said his lawyers, who were both briefly detained after the hearing.

After the sentencing, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic reacted on Twitter: “I mean: the best support for me and other political prisoners is not sympathy and kind words, but shares. Any activity against Putin’s deceitful and thieving regime. Any opposition to these war criminals.”

Judge Margarita Kotova, who confirmed that Navalny pleaded “not guilty” to the fraud charges, said he would remain subject to certain restrictions for 20 months after his release.

4. Search for victims of the Chinese plane crash.

Rescuers scour the heavily forested mountain slopes of southern China, using shovels and torches in their hunt for victims and flight recorders of a China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed with 132 people on board.

About 600 soldiers, firefighters and police marched to the crash site, a patch of about 1 sq km in a place surrounded by mountains on three sides, after excavators cleared a path, state television said. .

He added that the search for the recorders, or “black boxes”, of the Boeing 737-800 involved in China’s first commercial airliner crash since 2010 would be carried out grid by grid, likely overnight.

Flight MU5735 was heading for the port city of Guangzhou from Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan province, on Monday when it plunged from its cruising altitude to crash into the mountains of Guangxi less than an hour before landing time.

State television showed footage of plane wreckage strewn among fire-charred trees. Burned remains of ID cards and wallets were also seen.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) appointed an investigator on Monday because the Boeing plane was produced in the United States, but it was unclear whether the investigator would travel to China.

5. Police are investigating two incidents MAFS.

Police have confirmed they are investigating two incidents that occurred this season. Married at first sight.

According to news.com.auNSW Police say a complaint was lodged on Thursday February 24 for an incident in November 2021 at a property in Bargo where the show was filming when contestant Domenica Calarco infamously broke a wine glass against a table.

A NSW Police spokesperson has confirmed the investigation is ongoing for news.com.au.

Police also confirmed that a second complaint was filed on March 19, 2022 with officers from the Inner West Police Area Command about the alleged distribution of an image without consent at the end of the year, according to the publication.

It comes after 123,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling on the “Electronic Security Commissioner to take immediate action against [contestant] Olivia Frazer” for sharing an image of Domenica with other contestants without her consent.

Now you all know. We’ll be back to bring you more of the biggest news throughout the day.

– With the AAP.

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