Turkish President Tecep Tayyip Erdogan has caused a ruckus by declaring that women are not equal to men and cannot serve the same functions in life.
• Treasurer, Joe Hockey has suggested removing the freeze on indexation of fuel excise, arguing the rich weal wear the brunt as poor people either don’t have cars or don’t drive very much.
• Ricky Muir, Senator for the Motoring Enthusiast Party, has sacked his 2nd senior staff member in a week for taking a ‘sickie’.
• It was reported the sacked staff member had a skin cancer removed from his face and took the next day off to attend a writer’s festival.
• Record levels of Australian internet piracy have prompted the government to respond with proposed legislative measures.
• If signed into law, internet service providers could be required to take action against copyright infringers.
• Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been released from custody stemming from an investigation into allegations made against him that he sought insider information from a judge about an inquiry into illegal campaign funding received in 2007 .
• The crime of ‘influence-peddling’ can be punishable by up to 10 years’ prison.
• Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, has refused to confirm the existence of a boat carrying 153 Tamil asylum seekers.
• The boat is reported to be drifting 170 nautical miles off Christmas Island after running out of oil.
• Tony Abbott wished the Socceroos luck ahead of their opening World Cup match against Chile, in a Youtube video earlier this morning.
• The PM addressed his message to ‘Ange, Mike and the Socceroos’
• The captain’s name is, in fact, Mile (not Mike) Jedinak
• More than 15,000 took to the streets of Melbourne yesterday to protest budget cuts proposed by the Australian Government.
• Construction workers and unionists were among those at the protest, calling the budget cuts unfair and demanding they be reviewed and changed.
• After a day of debate in the Victorian Lower House of Parliament, rogue Frankston MP, Geoff Shaw has been suspended.
• Under the suspension, Geoff will be deprived of 11 days’ pay, banned from taxpayer-funded travel and will be forced to apologise for the misuse of his taxpayer-funded car.
• It has been argued that the punishment is soft, with Labor having lost its bid to have Geoff expelled.
• Geoff has been the ‘balance of power MP’, with concerns that the Lower House will now be deadlocked, leading to an inability to pass proposed laws.