A transgender Canadian beauty queen has been kicked out of a Miss Universe pageant after it was discovered she was born a boy. The Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant said 23-year-old Jenna Talackova “did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.” Apparently, pageant rules state all contestants must be a “naturally born female only.” The contestant has not made an official comment – she’s in talks with her lawyer, but she did tweet: “I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up,” she wrote. “I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination.”
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he will extend the childcare rebate to include subsidies for nannies if he wins government in next year’s federal election. He said there needs to be greater flexibility in childcare options and that funding for nannies would make it easier for women to juggle careers and family. ‘We want as many women as can be to have challenging and demanding careers rather than having to fit a bit of work in around the edges,” he said to the Sydney Morning Herald. ”Parents with young kids don’t work the standard nine to five hours, five days a week, and the childcare sector still caters overwhelmingly to people in that position,” he said.
Mr Abbott said he would consult the Productivity Commission to see if funding for nannies was economically viable. The opposition has previously announced a paid parental leave scheme, which would pay a woman’s full wage for six months after she gives birth, up to $75,000.
Mamamia will soon be publishing a Q&A with the Opposition Leader about his new plan to help working families. Got a question for Mr Abbott? Leave it in the comments section.
ANZAC day celebrations could cause diversions in multicultural Australia, the Federal Government has been warned. A 2010 report found centenary celebrations of the Gallipoli landing in 2015 could be a “potential area of divisiveness” because of multiculturalism, according to news.com.au.
The paper states: “Commemorating our military history in a multicultural society is something of a double-edged sword….While the 100th anniversaries are thought to provide some opportunity for creating a greater sense of unity, it is also recognised as a potential area of divisiveness.”
But the RSL has slammed the report, saying enthusiasm for the day is as strong as ever and that ANZAC day holds a special place in Australia.