1. Is there ever an excuse for drink driving? Forty-seven-year-old mother Jane Hatch has explained to the NT News that she has had her faith in police shattered after she was recently convicted of drink driving, and lost her licence for six months. But the reason she was drink driving? Her son suffered a serious asthma attack – during a blackout no less, which meant his respirator was not working – and so she chose to drive him to hospital. Ms Hatch, who has never had a previous traffic offence, said outside the Darwin Magistrate’s Court: “I just feel really bullied.”
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2. Former Speaker of the House Peter Slipper has revealed that he will be re-contesting his seat in the electorate of Fraser in the upcoming federal election. His wife also spoke in his defence during the press conference. Mrs Slipper denied reports that their marriage was a sham. She said: “Our marriage is real, I love Peter.”
Mrs Slipper continued, “I have stuck by Peter, I love Peter, there is so many things you guys don’t understand about him. He’s made some mistakes, yes. But he is actually a really nice, decent, kind-hearted guy. You just don’t really understand him and I think that is really sad.”
During the time of the previous government, Slipper left the Liberal party after wrangling a deal with Julia Gillard to become speaker. He was then forced to resign from his post, after he was accused of sexually harassing a male staff member. In addition, he compared female genitalia to shellfish.
3. The Coalition has confirmed that it will not be releasing the party’s full costings until the last week of the election. The Liberal party has been under pressure from Kevin Rudd to reveal how the party plans to ‘pay for its promises’.
The Coalition will however release its asylum seekers policy today. Coalition spokesperson Scott Morrison said they planned to return to a “non-statutory administrative process,” similar to what was in place when John Howard was Prime Minister.