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1. Australians having less sex

sex 2A sexual health study has found that Australians are having less sex, but engaging in a broader range of sexual activities.
Professor Juliet Richters said researchers, who interviewed, around 20,000 men and women between the ages of 16 and 69, were surprised by the drop in frequency in sex in heterosexual relationships.
“We think it might be the intrusion into people’s home lives of work – checking your work emails last thing before you go to bed, taking your laptop and mobile to bed, and a lot of sort of individual entertainment rather than doing things together,” Richters said.
The study also found that the number of partners women had and the range of sexual experience were coming in line with men’s, suggesting a reduction in double standards.

According to the study also Australians appeared to have better attitudes towards homosexuality, but less tolerance for infidelity,

2. Blanc visa cancelled

After severe online backlash and protest at his Melbourne seminar, controversial “dating coach” Julien Blanc has left Australia.

In an interview with Sky News yesterday,  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that his visa had been cancelled.chokingwomen

“This guy wasn’t putting forward political ideas, he was putting forward abuse that was derogatory to women and…those are values abhorred in this country,” Morrison said.

Victoria’s Chief Police Commissioner, Ken Lay, labelled Mr Blanc as “disturbing and offensive” and said he was relieved Victorians had taken a stand against him.

“Labelling women as objects and actively promoting the abuse of women degrades the dignity of our whole community,” he said.

A tweet by Victoria Police also confirmed that we’re no longer breathing the same air as Blanc: “We can confirm Julien Blanc left Australia overnight. His assistant is also due to leave shortly.”

Mamamia has been following this story. You can read more about it here.

3. Tony Abbott to meet with Putin at APEC

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he famously threatened to “shirtfront” over the MH17 plane crash, during a summit in Beijing next week.

It was expected that the leaders first face-to-face meeting since the downing of MH17 would take place at the G20 summit in Brisbane next week, but at the at the request of Australian officials a formal meeting will take place at APEC.

Mr Abbott said he did not want the G20 event to be overshadowed by their rift.

“Australians turned (to us) with an official request for a meeting during an APEC summit and we are agreeing to such a meeting in China,” Mr Putin’s top foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov told reporters.

During talks with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Mr Abbott insisted he would directly confront Mr Putin “one way or another” over the Malaysia Airlines tragedy which killed 38 Australian citizens and 1196 Dutch citizens.

4. Gammy twin to stay with parents

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David Farnell and his wife being interviewed on 60 Minutes.
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A new twist in the case of baby Gammy. Western Australian couple Wendy and David Farnell will be allowed to keep the abandoned boy’s twin sister after months of investigation by the WA Department for Child Protection.

The department said after comprehensive testing the couple will retain custody of their baby girl Pipah but a “robust saftey plan” has been implemented to ensure the welfare of the girl.

The couple made international headlines when it was claimed that they abandoned one of their twin baby’s with his surrogate mother in Thailand after they learned he had Down Syndrome. It was also revealed that David Farnell had a history of imprisonment for child sex abuse.

The case provoked intense debate about international surrogacy. Mamamia followed this story, you can read more about it here.

5. Barrett Centre closure ends in tragedy

The ABC is reporting that three seriously ill teenagers have died, despite the Queensland Government receiving warnings that the closure of a specialised mental health facility for young people in Brisbane could endanger patients.

The Barrett Adolescent Psychiatric Centre at Wacol provided 24/7 care for teenagers at serious risk of suicide, but it was closed down by the State Government in January. Since then, three former patients – Will Fowell, Caitlin Wilkinson and Talieha Nebauer – died and the coroner is investigating.

Documents uncovered by the ABC under Freedom of Information legislation found that the Government proceeded with plans to close the centre, despite numerous warnings from independent experts about the potential impacts of the closure on vulnerable patients.

Queensland Health Department spokesman Dr William Kingswell told the ABC, “those three children we failed. The coroner will tell us in what ways we failed.”

6. Seinfeld says he is on the autistic spectrum

In a tv interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, comedian Jerry Seinfeld as being on the autism spectrum. His disclosure has been welcomed by autism advocates.

“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,” Seinfeld explained.

“Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying,” he said. “But I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”

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Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Advocacy Network has said that Seinfeld’s comments will help to relieve some of the stigma experienced by people living with autism.

“Think about what this does for a closeted autistic person who goes into the workplace knowing that their co-workers have just seen somebody they know, respect, and have a positive opinion of, like Jerry Seinfeld, identify in this way — it’s a valuable and important step in building a greater tolerance for autism,” Ne’eman said.

7. Pink condom erected in park

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 10.28.03 AM copySafe sex advocates have placed an 18 metre high condom over a monument in Sydney’s Hyde Park to raise awareness about the spread of HIV. The giant franger is part of a new campaign by ACON, a health promotion organisation with a focus on HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health.

ACON’s “I’m on” campaign aims to promote safe sex amongst gay men with a view to eradicating HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.

Wendy Francis from the Australian Christian Lobby said that the spectacle was disappointing and “inappropriate for open spaces where children can see it”.

In news that is truly disappointing and shocking to everyone who sees it: the number of new HIV cases in Australia is at its highest level in 20 years with 1,235 new cases diagnosed last year. 26,800 people are living with HIV in Australia, according to a national report compiled by the University of NSW in July. 14 percent of people with HIV don’t realise they have it.

 

8. Autopsy on Robin Williams reveals no drugs in system

Authorities in California have revealed that Robin Williams was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his death.

The autopsy results found that the 63-year-old actor had taken prescription medications, but in “therapeutic concentrations”.

The coroner ruled Williams’ death a suicide.

Robin Williams passed away on August 11th leaving behind a wife and two children and a body of work beloved by millions. His daughter, Zelda, recently got a tattoo to commemorate her dad’s passing. You can see her tattoo tribute here.

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