And yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.
You might remember when we mentioned Katter’s Australian Party got together outside Parliament House in Brisbane to film a flash mob. Well, this is the result. You really just have to see it for yourself. And then read about why, even though you might be tempted to laugh, Bob Katter still scares a few people.
Australian couple John Kan and his partner Rachael Evans were travelling in Canada when something unexpected happened. Their daughter Piper was born early. Very early, at 26 weeks. She was placed in neo natal intensive care at a hospital in Vancouver but the bill was huge, as the Daily Telegraph initially reported.
Canada is very strict about its ‘baby tourism’ problem, where couples from poorer nations attempt to have their babies born there to obtain citizenship.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr has stepped in to see what help might be able to be offered.
The seven-month-old Piper will be a dual Australian and Canadian citizen and when she is two, her parents Rachel Evans and John Kan plan to apply for their baby’s Canadian passport.
Ms Evans said she was grateful for help from Mr Carr’s office. “It means a lot to us, the main thing for us is we were happy taking it on ourselves and doing what we could, we don’t feel our mistake was someone else’s responsibility but obviously it is quite a large amount so any assistance we can get would be helpful,” Ms Evans said.