News in 5: Lisa Wilkinson's pay gap message; Brisbane college yearbook 'promotes rape'; Mugabe resigns.

1. ‘Women have had enough’: Lisa Wilkinson on the gender pay gap that led to her shock resignation from The Today Show.

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Lisa Wilkinson has spoken for the first time on the issue that was rumoured to be behind her shock resignation from The Today Show, a job she had held for 10 years.

Speaking to News Corp, the 57-year-old said Australian women were "fed up" with not being paid the same as their male counterparts.

"You can see women have had enough — the gender pay gap, domestic violence, homelessness is on a huge rise in this country particularly for women over 50," she said.

"We have so many issues we need to address and I think women are really feeling the power and the wind behind them right now."

Within an hour of announcing she would no longer appear as a co-host alongside Karl Stefanovic on the popular breakfast TV show, Lisa revealed she would be starting a new job as a panelist on Channel 10's The Project.

It was widely reported that Lisa left Channel 9 after executives failed to match her male co-host's salary, believed to be upwards of $2 million. Wilkinson was believed to be making just half the amount.

Her bold move was praised by women - especially in the media - as one that showed women should know their worth and not be afraid to act when they weren’t being paid or treated fairly.

Lisa added that despite 2017 being one that "didn't start out with a lot of promise with having someone like Donald Trump in power", women have "rallied" throughout the year.

"Women are rising up," she told News Corp.

"You look at the whole Harvey Weinstein situation in America — it's all just about to break here with the work Tracey Spicer and Kate McClymont are doing."


2. A prestigious Brisbane university college has been slammed for publishing a yearbook that 'promotes rape'.

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Emmanuel College is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious university colleges. But students are now under fire after they recently published a yearbook that contained controversial comments promoting rape and sexual assault.

7 News reports that a section of the yearbook includes quotes from students they want to be remembered by.

"I'd rather choke her to sleep, than talk her to sleep," one read.

Another said "consent is nothing", while another read, "I could put my fist right through her face".

The CEO and Provost of Emmanuel College - part of the University of Queensland - said he was "horrified, upset and very disappointed" by the quotes.

"They do not reflect Emmanuel College's culture of respect, safety, equality and caring for each other in a supportive co-ed community," Professor David Brunckhorst said in a statement.

"We are currently investigating where these quotes came from and how they came to be included in the students' yearbook."

According to 7 News, no effort has been made by the college to recall the 300 copies of the yearbook, and no disciplinary action has been taken against the students involved, despite an apology appearing on a private Facebook group two weeks ago.

"We take full responsibility for the wrong doings... we hope that it can be forgiven," the post read.

3. Ikea has relaunched a recall of 29 million dressers after the death of an eighth child.

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Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of an eighth child, AAP reports.

On Tuesday, chief executive Lars Petersson said Ikea wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign in North America for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.

The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which was first announced in June 2016.

The Swedish retailer and the federal safety regulators are asking customers to take immediate action to secure the dressers, or to return them.

Petersson said Ikea has had an "extensive communication" campaign through social media, its website and television and print ads. The company emailed 13 million people about the recall two months ago, he said.

The recall, which applies only to customers in the US and Canada, is for children's chests and drawers taller than 60cm and adult chests and dressers taller than 75cm. Customers should contact Ikea for a free wall-mounting kit. The company is also offering to send crews to attach them in the home.

Ikea is offering full refunds for anyone who no longer wants the furniture.

At least eight children under the age of three have been killed when an Ikea dresser fell on them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The first death occurred 28 years ago and the others occurred after 2002.

A team of lawyers represented the families of three toddlers who died when Ikea dressers fell on them. Ikea reached a $US50 million ($A70 million) settlement with the families last December.


Petersson said that more than 1 million dressers of have been returned for a refund or have been secured to walls.

4. Breastfeeding may help protect children from developing food allergies, study says.

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Breastfeeding mothers should not avoid eggs and peanuts because exposure to them may protect their child from developing potentially deadly food allergies, say researchers.

According to AAP, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have shown pregnant mice exposed to egg transferred protective antibodies to their offspring through their breastmilk.

The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found the transfer of these antibodies prevented food allergy and anaphylaxis in the baby mice. It also caused the production of specific immune cells that built up tolerance to the egg.

Human breast milk, fed to mice with immune systems genetically modified to match that of a human was also protective, suggesting that the mouse findings may translate to human infants.

Dr James Baker from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) says the findings of the study confirms that mothers should feel free to eat a healthy and diverse diet throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

"Eating a range of nutritious foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding will not promote food allergies in developing babies, and may protect them from food allergy," said Dr Baker.

Guidelines in Australia already recommend that women no longer avoid these allergen foods during pregnancy.

But neither do the recommendations nor the new study suggest that eating eggs or peanuts during pregnancy will guarantee an allergy-free baby, cautioned Professor Katie Allen at Murdoch Children's Research Institute.


The allergist says this important research does, however, add to a growing body of evidence that shows exposure to allergens in the first year of life and through breastmilk is important.

5. Study reveals one in three backpackers travelling to Australia are paid half the legal minimum wage.

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One in three backpackers and international students are paid half the legal minimum wage amid widespread "wage theft" that extends beyond fruit picking and farm work, a study shows.

A small percentage have been made to pay up-front "deposits" to secure a job in Australia or return cash to their employer after being paid, while others have even had their passports confiscated by employers.

The UNSW Sydney and UTS study found wage theft is endemic among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants, a substantial number of whom experience severe underpayment.

Thirty per cent earn $12 an hour or less, about half the minimum wage for a casual employee in many of the jobs, the report released on Tuesday found.

The findings have sparked calls from unions for the Federal Government to stop employers exploiting backpackers and international workers, AAP reports.

The survey of 4322 temporary migrants from 107 countries showed the worst-paid jobs are in fruit and vegetable picking and farm work, where 15 per cent earn $5 an hour or less and 31 per cent $10 per hour or less.

The report authors said contrary to misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of international students and backpackers are aware they are being underpaid.

"However, they believe few people on their visa expect to receive the legal minimum wage," UNSW senior law lecturer Bassina Farbenblum said.


ACTU president Ged Kearney said Australia's visa system had created a pool of easily exploited labour, which employers exploit at the expense of migrant workers.

"Our broken laws not only facilitate the theft of wages, they have facilitated big businesses importing what amounts to a slave labour class of workers on temporary visas," Ms Kearney said.

The SDA has set up a hotline for workers who believe they could be victims of wage theft: 131 732.

6. Shouts of celebration as Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president, after nearly four decades of rule.

Robert Mugabe has resigned as Zimbabwe's president, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule.

The 93-year-old clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, which also told him to leave power.

On Tuesday, wild celebrations broke out during a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe's resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

The origin of Mugabe's sudden downfall lies in rivalry between members of Zimbabwe's ruling elite over who will succeed him, rather than popular protests against his rule.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked ZANU-PF's favourite to succeed him, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife Grace, 52, known to her critics as "Gucci Grace" for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping.

Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as The Crocodile, is expected to take over as president.

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