State of the Nation | Saturday, May 20, 2017

​Regional news

MISSING: Zac Barnes has not been seen since November 13 at Thornton. It is his 19th birthday on Monday and a party has been planned. Picture: Karen Gudelj.

MISSING: Zac Barnes has not been seen since November 13 at Thornton. It is his 19th birthday on Monday and a party has been planned. Picture: Karen Gudelj.

NEWCASTLE: Family and friends are determined to have a birthday party for teen Zac Barnes who has been missing for six months. Read more

LAUNCESTON: Tasmania’s North and North-West are set to be saturated today with between 20mm to 80mm of rain on Saturday says Mhairi Bradley, Northern regional manager of the State Emergency Service. Her advice is to drive to the conditions and stay inside if possible. Read more

WARNING: Northern regional manager of the State Emergency Service Mhairi Bradley said volunteers are on standby with significant rainfall expected. Picture: Holly Monery

WARNING: Northern regional manager of the State Emergency Service Mhairi Bradley said volunteers are on standby with significant rainfall expected. Picture: Holly Monery

GUNNEDAH: The story of Lachie Eddy’s haemophilia battles and his dad Charles’ documentary has been gaining national interest. Charles and wife Shannon have been interviewed in local and regional newspapers, a major women’s website, a national new website and Darwin radio. Read more

QUIET MOMENT: Lachie Eddy and dad Charles Eddy during one of Lachie's hospital stays.

QUIET MOMENT: Lachie Eddy and dad Charles Eddy during one of Lachie's hospital stays.

CEDUNA: Oyster growers have warned prices are expected to rise next year due to a lack of spat caused by the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) outbreak in Tasmania. Read more

SPAT SHORTAGE: Bruce Zippel said he was ready for a year of low production, but expected the oyster industry to recover. Picture: Luca Cetta

SPAT SHORTAGE: Bruce Zippel said he was ready for a year of low production, but expected the oyster industry to recover. Picture: Luca Cetta

FLINDERS: The University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Department of Rural Health is currently undertaking one of the largest health surveys ever to be carried out in regional South Australia, in a bid to improve the health services available in these areas. More here

National news

►Two men have been charged with murder after the body of a former Special Operations Group officer was found at a factory in Melbourne's south-east. Read more

►Two-and-a-half years later, after one of the most complex inquests in state history, NSW coroner Michael Barnes will on Wednesday hand down his report on what really happened that night at the Lindt Cafe. Read more

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World news:

►Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, closing a nearly seven-year legal saga that led the WikiLeaks founder to seek sanctuary at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. Read more

► When NYPD officers raided the home of 39-year-old Sean Price in the New York borough of Queens last week, they allegedly discovered Price and the 16-year-old girl, from Sydney's upper north shore, hiding in the basement of the property. This American killer had lured the Sydney schoolgirl to the US using Snapchat. Read more

On this day

1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

1977: It’s Stirling Mortlock’s Birthday, the former Australian rugby player.

2002: The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, ending 23 years of Indonesian rule.

2012: At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy.

FACES OF AUSTRALIA

Mary Baker was a talented athlete who loved water polo and horse riding.

Mary Baker was a talented athlete who loved water polo and horse riding.

The illness that is holding Australia captive

Mary Baker went to the dentist for a tooth abscess on March 14, 2008. She was 12 years-old.

The bright, sporty schoolgirl became acutely ill from the infection and her recovery was protracted. Somewhere along the line, something broke inside her.

An eating disorder took hold and refused to release its grip.Three years and one day later, Mary took her life.

Anorexia nervosa has the highest rate of suicide of all mental illness.

Across Australia to our doorstep comes a resounding cry for help from despairing parents of children with eating disorders.

Sometimes those cries are muffled by the shame and stigma of an illness too often misunderstood by both the community and medical fraternity. Read more