Four people are dead after a mass shooting in Strasbourg shooting: France on alert after incident More Below;

Four people are dead after a mass shooting near a famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, as it was revealed police were going to arrest the gunman only hours before the attack.

A widescale manhunt is currently underway in the area, which has been locked down after the attack at 7pm local time (5am AEDT).

On-duty soldiers exchanged fire with the gunman and injured him, but could not stop him escaping.

โ€œThere were gun shots and people running everywhere,โ€ one local shopkeeper told local media station BFM TV.

โ€œIt lasted about 10 minutes.โ€

Source: Strasbourg shooting: Christmas market in France on alert after incident | PerthNow

Morrison: paying more than $1 million to government staffers #ScumBagPM Turnbull’s knifing cost taxpayers more than $4.5 million in payouts๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ #auspol More Below;

Morrison has personally approved 30 pay rises for senior staff.

A total of 36 government and non-government staffers are getting paid above the top range in the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act, adding more than $1 million in extra costs.

The figures were revealed in answers to a Senate estimates committee’s questions on notice.

Six of the pay rise approvals came from former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The total number is a jump of 10 from May after 26 staffers were then getting paid above the maximum range.

Under their workplace agreement, government staffers can be paid a maximum salary of $259,000.

The figures were correct as of October 24.

Meanwhile, Mr Turnbull’s political knifing cost taxpayers more than $4.5 million in severance payouts.

Almost $1.9 million went into the pockets of 35 staff who worked for the former prime minister, while 12 staff who worked for former foreign minister Julie Bishop received a total $562,062.39.

Source: Scott Morrison approves paying more than $1 million to government staffers | PerthNow