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1. Gold Coast mum who allegedly left newborn to die on top of washing machine applies for bail.
A Gold Coast mother who has been behind bars since she was arrested on October 31, 2014, charged with the murder of her baby has applied again for bail.
Police allege Jodie Tarnawskyj, 36, wrapped her baby in a towel after its birth and left it lying on a washing machine, unattended, for 17 hours while she went about her life “pottering” about in her home.
Prosecutors said that Tarnawskyj, who has two other children, had told her family and friends she wasn’t pregnant. The former dietitian claims she didn’t know she was pregnant until she went to the toilet and delivered a stillborn baby.
She had allegedly made appointments to legally terminate the fetus at eight months and two months – but had delivered the baby at full term on June 8 in her home.
The mother claimed to ambulance paramedics when she called them 17 hours after the birth that she had miscarried.
Prosecutors say she had researched how to self-terminate a pregnancy reports The Courier Mail.
Lawyers for Tarnawskyj have argued that this was not murder, “at best it’s a case of manslaughter”
But prosecutors allege she knew she was pregnant, the boy was born full-term, and there was evidence he had taken several breaths as air was found in his lungs and bowels.
2. Kevin Rudd “refuses to back Bill Shorten” to newspaper then tweets his response.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has refused to publicly back Bill Shorten reports News Limited.
When asked what Mr Shorten would bring to the table as PM, Mr Rudd ‘s spokewomen said he didn’t comment on Australian domestic politics.
“Mr Rudd’s longstanding policy is to not comment on Australian domestic politics,” a spokeswoman said.
However as News Limited points out only last September he happily did.
“Best wishes to Malcolm Turnbull becoming Australia’s 29th Prime Minister. Huge job with huge challenges. Therese and I wish he and Lucy well,’’ Mr Rudd wrote on September 15.
Early this morning Mr Rudd reacted to the news report writing on Twitter:
3. Police hunt man who sexually assaulted 3-year-old.
Police in WA are hunting for a man who sexually assaulted a three-year-old girl in the eastern Wheatbelt region of WA in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The man allegedly entered the girl’s room, which she shares with her five-year-old brother in a home in the Bruce Rock townsite, around 4am.
He has been described as a tall dark skinned male, with white hair and a white beard and was a brown flannel shirt, long pants and boots.
Anyone who can assist in this investigation is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
4. Catholic Bishops issue statement over same-sex marriage.
The Catholic Clergy have intervened in the federal election, warning Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten not to undermine traditional marriage reports Fairfax Media.