The Gillard government faces a choice between doing a deal with Tony Abbott to bring back the Pacific solution or bowing to the demands of its now noisy Left faction and scrapping the overseas processing of asylum seekers altogether. The stark contrast emerged yesterday after the government released its written legal advice, which says last week’s High Court decision that ruled the Malaysia plan invalid also rules out the Pacific solution locations of Nauru and Manus Island.
Mr Abbott offered to help pass legislation amending the Migration Act to circumvent the High Court ruling and allow processing on Manus Island and Nauru. The government is torn over what to do and cabinet will discuss options today.
New fathers will get about $1180 to wet the baby’s head when the Gillard government introduces paid paternity leave from January 2013. The government used Father’s Day to announce the extension to the national paid parental leave scheme. Fathers or partners will get cheques paid over two weeks at the national minimum wage – now $590 a week before tax – to give them time off work to help mothers care for their newborns.
A typhoon has pummelled western Japan leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 50 missing after swollen rivers swept away buildings and landslides crushed houses. In scenes that rekindled memories of the March 11 tsunami disaster, thousands of people were left stranded.
UPDATE: As many of you have noted, Alex Perry apparently did not say these comments in relation to the model’s body but instead in relation to her pose for one particular segment on ANTM.
Judge Alex Perry openly criticised 18-year-old Alissandra Moone likening her to “overstuffed luggage” in a photo shoot. Moone is a size eight and weighs 57 kg.
Moone said yesterday that “it’s a very bad message to be sending to young girls who watch the show.”
“It’s harsh. It’s stupid. And it’s out of touch. I understand it’s a reality of the industry but this is a TV show and they should have a responsibility to censor that kind of thing.
Researchers in Western Australia have found exposure to toxic asbestos materials during home renovations is now the main cause of malignant mesothelioma (MM) in women. While there have been more men than women diagnosed with the fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos-based building products during home renovations, the rise in cases has been sharper among women during the past decade.