A homophobic politician’s secret gay brother. A faked TV news report. A Warnie-Hurley wedding. Here are the seven news bites you need to know to keep you in the loop this Wednesday morning brought to you by Rick and Bec.
1. Carl Katter speaks of his disgust
This past week we watched Bob Katter address the ‘Don’t Meddle With Marriage’ rally at Parliament House’s Great Hall in Canberra saying that the very idea of gay marriage should be ‘ridiculed’ and was a notion that should not be taken seriously.
Little did the nation know those barbed remarks hit close to home. Bob Katter Senior, his father, had another son called Carl who lived with being gay throughout his childhood and adolescence in Far North Queensland. He’s never said anything about his half-brother’s view on gay marriage until now, saying his opinion could not go unchallenged.
Watch the interview below and tell us what you think. It might never change Bob Katter’s views – that much remains clear – but it certainly throws into sharp relief the human collateral damage of the debate.
There were celebrations in the streets of Tripoli today as rebels took control of Muammar Gaddafi’s heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound and headquarters in Tripoli after a day of heavy conflict. As the defenders fled, the whereabouts of Gaddafi and his family are unknown.
Channel Nine Brisbane is red-faced this morning after it was revealed the station faked two of its live crosses to the Daniel Morcombe search site. Last weekend when newsreader Eva Milic crossed to the Nine helicopter it was claimed the chopper was hovering over the Beerwah site. In reality it was circling the leafy Brisbane suburb of Chapel Hill. The next day the ‘live cross’ occurred while the helicopter was still sitting on the helipad at the Nine Studios — rotor blades whirring for effect. The network said it has launched a “thorough investigation into all the facts surrounding these reports.”
In news that supports her father’s claims that she had kicked her illegal drug habit, a toxicology report has revealed that singer Amy Winehouse did not have illegal drugs in her system when she died. A spokesman for the singer’s family said: “Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.” Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her London home on 23 July.