Morning Buzz: Greenacre school crash victim’s parents forgive driver

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Friday, November 10. Be prepared for another mostly sunny day, with tops of 23 degrees in the city and 26 in the west. Enjoy your day!

School crash victim Jihad Darwiche farewelled at emotional service

The family of an eight-year-old boy killed when a car crashed into his Greenacre classroom this week say they have forgiven the driver charged over his death.

Jihad Darwiche and another eight-year-old boy - his best friend - were killed after a two-tonne Toyota Kluger crashed into their classroom at Banksia Road Public School on Tuesday morning.

The driver of the car was 52-year-old Maha Al-Shennag, a widowed mother-of-four. Read more.

Malek Fahd Islamic School to be given Beaumont Hills campus

Students at the Greenacre campus of Malek Fahd Islamic School in 2015. Photo: Nic Walker

Students at the Greenacre campus of Malek Fahd Islamic School in 2015. Photo: Nic Walker

Malek Fahd Islamic School will be paid $10 million and get a property worth about $12 million as it continues to sue its founder, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) in a Sydney court.

On Thursday, AFIC agreed in the NSW Supreme Court to transfer money and property to Malek Fahd a year after the school began litigation seeking $45 million in damages. Read more.

'It is horrible': 10 seconds is all it takes for a child to drown

Emilia Garofolo, 2, and mum Amanda; Elsie Kassis with dad Nagib, and Mason, nine months, with mum Jannine Lam were among those at swimming lessons. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Emilia Garofolo, 2, and mum Amanda; Elsie Kassis with dad Nagib, and Mason, nine months, with mum Jannine Lam were among those at swimming lessons. Photo: Louise Kennerley

On Thursday, the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia released new research showing the price of being complacent around water with small children.

It has found 461 Australian children under five - including 91 in NSW - fatally drowned in the 15 years to 30 June 2017.

Half died in backyard pools, including portable pools and outdoor spas. Read more.

State walks away from joint study on track-free trams for Parramatta Road

The Inner West Council wants trackless trams, like the one pictured above, to carry commuters along Parramatta Road.

The Inner West Council wants trackless trams, like the one pictured above, to carry commuters along Parramatta Road.

The state's transport agency has walked away from an agreement with the Inner West Council to help fund a feasibility study into running track-free electric trams along Sydney's Parramatta Road.

Despite signing a memorandum of understanding in August, Transport for NSW said it had decided soon afterwards that committing to a detailed study of only one option for Parramatta Road would "pre-empt the outcome of our strategic planning process". Read more.

Turnbull in fiery exchange with Karl Stefanovic

Malcolm Turnbull interviewed on Nine's Today show.  Photo: Bevan Shields

Malcolm Turnbull interviewed on Nine's Today show. Photo: Bevan Shields

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been drawn into a tense exchange with Channel Nine's Today program host Karl Stefanovic, who accused him of "waffling".

Stefanovic grilled Mr Turnbull on Thursday morning over Parliament's worsening citizenship fiasco, asking the Prime Minister whether he and his government would survive it.

Dismissing the "frenzy", Mr Turnbull proceeded to lay out the government's work in response to North Korea, terrorism in South-East Asia, meetings with world leaders, company tax cuts and job creation. Read more.

Activists try to unfurl 'Evacuate Manus' banner on Opera House

An activist is arrested outside Sydney Opera House. Picture: James Brickwood

An activist is arrested outside Sydney Opera House. Picture: James Brickwood

Four activists climbed the Sydney Opera House on Thursday morning and tried to unfurl a banner displaying the words "Evacuate Manus #BringThemHere".

At 10.30am, members of a group called the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance were about to spread the banner across the west-facing sail of the building when they were stopped by police. Read more.

First home buyers scheme in trouble

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson gestures during a press conference at Yeppoon. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP Image

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson gestures during a press conference at Yeppoon. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP Image

The Turnbull government's hopes it can pass its landmark "super savers" scheme for first home buyers this year appear all but dashed.

The legislation for the scheme, set to be introduced on Monday, will require the support of all but two crossbench senators.

Treasurer Scott Morrison drew attention to the plight of the scheme on Wednesday amid questions about the ongoing citizenship fiasco. Read more.

It's official: Panthers release Moylan to join Sharks

The swap is on: Matt Moylan and James Maloney. Photo: NRL Imagery

The swap is on: Matt Moylan and James Maloney. Photo: NRL Imagery

Three months of speculation over the NRL future of Matt Moylan is over, with Cronulla confirming his signing on a four-year deal.

Penrith officially released their captain on Thursday before the Sharks unveiled the former Kangaroos and NSW State of Origin star on their website.

Moylan spoke briefly about the move, saying he was keen to impress for his new club next season as the likely replacement for five-eighth James Maloney. Read more.

Women's Ashes Test delicately poised after opening day

Breakthrough: Ellyse Perry celebrates the wicket of Georgia Elwiss, caught by Megan Schutt.  Photo: AAP

Breakthrough: Ellyse Perry celebrates the wicket of Georgia Elwiss, caught by Megan Schutt. Photo: AAP

England blew a golden opportunity to assert themselves on day one of the Ashes Test as Australia produced a flurry of late wickets to leave the visitors 7-235 at stumps.

Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry claimed a pair of final-session wickets while debutant Tahlia McGrath chipped in with her second scalp of the day to put the brakes on what had been a promising English start, which earlier on sat comfortably at 1-129. Read more.

Australia selectors show hand with surprise call up

Fringe dweller: Jackson Bird will be Australia's back-up pace option for the first Ashes Test. Photo: AAP

Fringe dweller: Jackson Bird will be Australia's back-up pace option for the first Ashes Test. Photo: AAP

Jackson Bird has been drafted into an Ashes pace bowling training camp in Brisbane next week in a strong sign the Tasmania seamer will be Australia's number one back-up plan if any of its frontline quicks break down.

The Tasmania seamer will join star trio Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins at CA's National Cricket Centre to complete their preparations for the first Test starting in a fortnight's time. Read more.

Sydney Kings cut star import Travis Leslie

Let go: Travis Leslie has departed the Kings. Photo: AAP

Let go: Travis Leslie has departed the Kings. Photo: AAP

The Sydney Kings have taken drastic action to fix their slumping NBL season, signing reigning league MVP Jerome Randle and former NBA centre Jeremy Tyler.

They have axed import Travis Leslie to make way for Tyler while Jeremy Kendle's stay as an import injury replacement is being cut shot to make way for Randle. Read more.