An outbreak of whooping cough has been reported in Australia.

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1. NSW whooping cough scare

Another outbreak of whooping cough has been reported in NSW, with parents at a Campbelltown primary school having received letters warning them about the infection.

The notification follows an incident at a Blairmount child care centre earlier this month, and another at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School earlier this year.

According to The Daily Telegraph, latest figures from the South Western Sydney Local Health District show there were 1002 reported cases of whooping cough, or "pertussis" last year.

The bacterial infection is especially dangerous for babies. It can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and even death. Outbreaks usually occur at least every four years.

2. Labor pulling further ahead of coalition

Labor is pulling ahead of the Coalition in the polls, ahead of the 2 July Federal election.

The ALP is ahead of the Coalition with a two-party preferred vote of 52% to 48%, according to a new Channel Seven Reachtel poll.

But Guardian Australia reports current prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is still well ahead of Labor's Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister, with the figures showing Turnbull at 54.9% to Shorten's 45.1%.

And according to Guardian Australia, when voters were asked to rate each leader’s performance, the scores were almost identical: Each rated as good by around 30%, satisfactory by around 34% and poor by about 40% of voters.

 3. Michaelea Cash's domestic violence leave comments

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash has controversially suggested that domestic violence leave provisions for female workers would present a barrier to women getting jobs.

Senator Cash said on Friday morning that the entitlement might act as a "perverse disincentive" to employers considering hiring women.

The minister's comments were immediately condemned by Labor as "callous,"  The Canberra Times reports.

4. Belle Gibson may be forced to apologise

Disgraced "wellness" blogger Belle Gibson could be forced to publicly apologise for claiming to have cured her terminal cancer with healthy food.

Belle Gibson winning the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Award before her lies were uncovered.

Consumer Affairs Victoria, the state's consumer watchdog, has launched Federal Court action against Gibson. It wants the mother-of-one to pay a fine, and to publish in newspapers an apology for her lies that advises cancer patients to seek advice from medical professionals.

The consumer watchdog said Gibson had engaged in "unconscionable conduct” as well as misleading or deceptive commerce, according the ABC News.

5. Is half of all misogynist Twitter abuse really sent by women?

New research that claims women are responsible for half of misogynistic abuse online has been cast into doubt, ABC News reports.

A Demos social media study, which monitored the use of the terms "slut" and "whore" by UK Twitter users, found women were just as likely as men to tweet abuse.

But feminist opinion writer Clementine Ford said the research may be flawed.

"It would be interesting to know how many of these accounts were verified to belong to actual women," she told the ABC. "[T] is also a rising practice of men creating 'sock accounts' in which they pose as women in order to make it seem like this isn't a gendered problem."


An RMIT research fellow specialising in feminist theory and gender inequality, Meagan Tyler, has also cast doubt on the Demos study. According to ABC News, she has pointed out that because Twitter users are a minimum age of 13, the figure included the high amount of online abuse slung between teenage girls.

6. Australia erased from UN climate change report

References to Australia were scrubbed from the final version of a big UN report on climate change after the Australian government intervened, Guardian Australia reports.

Guardian Australia reports that the report, entitled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate” and jointly published by UNESCO, the United Nations environment program and the Union of Concerned Scientists on Friday, initially had a key chapter on the Great Barrier Reef, and small sections on Kakadu and the Tasmanian forests.

But when the Australian Department of Environment saw a draft of the report it reportedly objected, saying that the information could harm tourism. Every single mention of Australia was subsequently removed by UNESCO.

The removals meant that Australia is now the only inhabited continent on the planet with no mentions, Guardian Australia reports.

7. Women nominate to replace Nova Peris

Five women have nominated to replace Northern Territory Senator Nova Peris as the top NT candidate on Labor's Senate ticket, ABC News reports.

<> Outgoing Senator Nova Peris at Museum of Contemporary Art in May 2015 in Sydney.

Confirmed nominees include Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO Denise Bowden and NT Labor staffer Cathryn Tilmouth, ABC News reports.

The ALP put the call out for nominations after Senator Peris announced in a shock move on Tuesday she would not contest the July election, ABC News reports. Nominations closed yesterday afternoon.

8. Mount everest death: body removed from peak

The body of the Australian climber Maria Strydom has been brought from Mount Everest to Kathmandu.

  According to ABC News, authorities said the 34-year-old’s body has been flown to to Kathmandu, where her husband is recovering. The pair were stricken by altitude sickness while trying to reach summit. They decided to turn around at nearly 8,000 metres up, but Ms Strydom died before she made it back.


9. Jill Meagher's death could have been prevented: coroner

A coroner has found that the rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher could have been prevented. Coroner Mr Ian Gray said on Friday he made the findings because Meagher was one of three women murdered by men with violent criminal histories during a six-month period in 2012.

"Gillian Meagher's death was preventable," he said, according to ABC News. "A more rigorous, risk-averse approach by CCS [Community Correctional Services ] and the APB [Adult Parole Board] would have led to a cancellation of Bayley's parole." No inquest was held into the murder of Melbourne ABC employee Ms Meagher, at her family's request.

10. Art fans' embarrassing response to experiment

Art gallery visitors have fallen prey to an hilarious teenage prank – and the internet is in stitches. A pair of US teenagers left a pair of  reading glasses on the floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week to see what art lovers' response would be. The gallery visitors mistook the glasses for art, gathering around and taking photos of the glasses. The teenagers behind the prank, 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen and 17-year-old TJ Khayatan posted images of the art gallery visitors' reactions on Twitter, where the photos quickly spread.  

“I can agree that modern art can be a joke sometimes, but art is a way to express our own creativity,” Khayatan told BuzzFeed News. “Some may interpret it as a joke, some might find great spiritual meaning in it. At the end of the day, I see it as a pleasure for open-minded people and imaginative minds.”

11. Heimlich uses the Heimlich maneuver.

The 96-year-old inventor of the Heimlich manoeuvre, Dr Henry Heimlich, has used the technique himself to save a choking woman.

He dislodged a hamburger chunk from a 87-year-old woman's airway at his retirement home, staff at Deupree House in Cincinnati said.

It is thought to be only the second time Heimlich has used his maneuver in an emergency, BBC News reports.

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