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.
“There were gun shots and people running everywhere,” one local shopkeeper told local media station BFM TV.
“It lasted about 10 minutes.”
Source: Strasbourg shooting: Christmas market in France on alert after incident | PerthNow
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