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Everything you need to know that happened on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Ugly battle erupts over Bonds baby contest.

The iconic Bonds Baby competition has turned nasty, with parents openly criticising some of the finalists online. Comments on the shortlist include descriptions such as, “plain and weird” and “hideous”. Parents have openly blasted the selection, saying there are better-looking kids than some of them and “a lot of babies deserved it more”. The annual campaign has always been passionately contested, with hundreds of mums and bubs lining up at shopping centres nation-wide hoping their child will take out the crown.

However, this is the first time it’s become so nasty. Two of the finalists have Down Syndrome and even they haven’t been spared criticism. It’s thought the comments have come from parents of children who were submitted through the Bonds Baby Search Facebook page, by parents who entered their kids but they didn’t make  the cut. Bonds moderators have had to repeatedly remind users “to be positive, be respectful and that all bubs deserve to be celebrated”.
(Pictured: Sadie & Olive 10 – 36 months & Wonder Category Winner).

Woman taken by shark off NSW south coast.

A woman has been killed in a shark attack at Tathra Beach off the NSW south coast. Christina Armstrong, 62, was swimming with a group at about 8.20am when the attack took place. The group - which included Christina's husband of 44 years, Rob - were training for a swimming event and are now being treated for shock. At the time of the incident, Christina had turned back and was swimming on her own. Locals say a large shark, believed to be a Great White, had been spotted in the area.

Should singles pay more tax than families?

A controversial proposal to tax childless people at a higher rate than those with children is being slammed. Conservative columnist and political commentator Reihan Salam wrote in the journal Slate, "As a childless professional in my mid-30s, I often reflect on the sacrifices working parents make to better the lives of their children. And I have come to the reluctant conclusion that I ought to pay much higher taxes so that working parents can pay much lower taxes." Salam says this will lead to a fairer society and relieve the financial pressures that families face. He argues that childless workers have better earning potential because they are better able to concentrate on their career without the distraction of children. However critics say parents already receive enough benefits such as Paid Parental Leave and rebates.

Joe Hildebrand apologises to Rosie Batty.

Channel Ten's Studio 10 personality, Joe Hildebrand, has apologised to bereaved mother Rosie Batty for yesterday's emotional exchange. Yesterday, Batty appeared on the morning breakfast show to discuss Victoria's domestic violence laws. She broke down over the panel's 'misguided' comments about the proposed law changes made by Hildebrand in particular. “I have said and will happily say again that I'm terribly sorry to cause [Ms Batty] any distress. God knows she's suffered enough,” he said. “Rosie Batty has been incredibly brave. This is a subject that is intensely personal to her, and not one ... that we intended to raise in her presence or involve her in at all, but of course when she did want to respond, we gave her every opportunity to."  But Hildebrand stood by his view that partners should leave abusive relationships: “It is the role of every adult who is aware of children being sexually abused to blow the whistle on it; it is their job to raise the alarm.”

Nigella banned from USA for drug confession.

Nigella Lawson has been stopped in Heathrow Airport and banned from boarding a flight to LA after confessing in court last year that she took cocaine. Lawson confessed under oath last year that she had snorted cocaine seven times and smoked cannabis in front of her children. Despite Scotland Yard not acting on her confession, the US authorities have refused her entry into their country. The US have the right to refuse entry to foreigners who have committed drug offences without being formally charged. While Lawson can apply to have this ban lifted, it is reported to take months. Airport onlookers reported that Lawson was clearly unhappy. Lawson is a judge on  US talent show The Taste.