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1. Father who filmed his five-year-old son doing burnouts in his car under investigation.

The QLD dad who filmed a viral video of his five-year-old son performing burnouts behind the wheel of a car is now being investigated by child protection services.

The Courier Mail reports that Alex Dobson’s video of his son Riley doing burnouts has been viewed more than 2 million times.

But now Queensland Police and child protection officers have seized the family car and are investigating.

He posted the video writing, “When your five-year-old says… Dad, can I do a burnout? Sure son, no worries.

“Remember a car addiction stops a drug addiction. Private driveway.”

The five-year-old is behind the wheel of the sedan, as he puts it into gear and revs the engine.

“All Riley, all by himself. Hell yeah buddy, that’s my boy,” Mr Dobson says.

But many who viewed the burnout video said he was irresponsible.

Police were informed and they have said they are investigating if they can lay charges as the incident took place on private property.

2. Melbourne woman listed as biological mother of child that wasn’t hers in IVF mix-up.

A woman who has been accidentally listed as the biological mother of a one-year-old boy says the bureaucratic mistake could destroy families.

Debbie Haigh received a letter last week from the Registry of Births saying she was listed as the woman receiving IVF treatment on the registration of birth database. The Herald Sun reports her partner listed is a woman she does not know.

The letter told her that the boy, now aged one would be told his birth resulted from a donor treatment procedure if he ever sought to find out his biological parentage.

The actual biological mother and Ms Haigh used fertility treatment at Melbourne IVF and gave birth at the Epworth Freemasons Hospital but they have never met and gave birth two years apart.

“An investigation has to happen,” Ms Haigh said.

“Information like this, especially when it comes out 18 years later, can destroy families, it can destroy relationships.”

Victoria’s Department of Justice and Regulation said the incident was a result of human error in matching certificates at Births, Deaths and Marriages.

“While we have a number of processes in place to reduce the risk of mistakes, unfortunately sometimes errors do occur,” department spokeswoman Sheree Argento said.

3. Thousands of Vodafone users left without coverage after outage.

A nationwide outage of Vodafone has left thousands of customers without access to data, texts and calls.

A Vodafone spokeswoman told News Limited customers were affected from about 6.30pm, with mobile services progressively restored from 10.45pm to 1.35am.

“At around 6.30pm yesterday, we experienced an issue which impacted part of our network, resulting in intermittent disruption to voice, text and data services,” the spokeswoman said.

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“We thank our customers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

“Customers would have automatically accessed 2G and 3G services, but congestion was experienced.”

Many frustrated customers expressed their anger on Twitter.

4. FBI, Federal Police and SA detectives arrest man for allegedly producing child exploitation material.

The 32-year-old man was arrested on Sunday. Image via iStock.

A trio of crime fighters from across the globe have come together to arrest a South Australian man on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and producing and disseminating child exploitation material.

The Advertiser reports the 32-year-old man was arrested on Sunday as a result of the wide-reaching investigation.

He was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, producing and disseminating child exploitation material and failing to comply with reporting obligations in relation to the National Child Offender Register.

5. Three in four women say they were injured during childbirth.

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Survey shows extend of childbirth injuries. Image via iStock.

A study of Australian women has found that three in four women say they were injured during childbirth with two in three mothers said they continued to experience symptoms more than a year after giving birth.

The survey of 1025 Australian women by private health insurance provider Medibank found haemorrhoids was the most common long term complication a year after giving birth.

The Courier Mail reports a perineal tear was the most common injury during childbirth reported across Australia, affecting 43 per cent of women who had a natural birth.

35 per cent said that their sex lives had been negatively impacted by childbirth.

6. NSW town of Forbes inundated with floodwater.

Forbes' Lachlan River in central west New South Wales has peaked with at least 100 properties inundated with floodwater.

More than 1,000 home were evacuated yesterday, after the river peaked at 10.67 metres at the Forbes Iron Bridge at around 9:30pm on Sunday.

SES Lachlan Region Controller Nichole Richardson earlier said the flood event was unique.

"[The] waters are doing things differently to what we've seen in the past and we are monitoring it very closely with the other emergency services and the Forbes Shire Council," Ms Richardson said.

7. Older women who stop driving may experience depression.

A study has found that elderly women who stop driving become more vulnerable to depression because it leaves them socially isolated.

The University of Queensland's School of Psychology studied 4,000 women aged in their late 70s and 80s over nine years and found that women who stopped driving reported poorer mental health compared to those who stayed behind the wheel.

“There's a sense of losing control and independence when you stop driving so it's important to have social support and take action to put alternatives in place before you or a loved one has to stop,” Professor Nancy Pachana told AAP.

Researchers have listed a number of ways to assist the elderly overcome the isolation including regular phone calls, being active on the internet, learning the public transport system, taking advantage of courtesy bus systems or car-pooling with friends and family.

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