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1. Renowned child psychiatrist caught filming boy while he went to the toilet.

An esteemed Perth child psychiatrist who charges up to $800 an hour and has a three month waiting list has been arrested after allegedly using a mobile phone to film a young boy using  a movie theatre urinal in a toilet in Canada.

Aaron Voon, of the Successful Development and Therapy Centre at Cockburn Central, Perth, was arrested by Canadian police on child pornography charges following the incident in Edmonton, Alberta on May 22 reports WA Today.

The boy’s father confronted Voon after he saw him taking the video of his young son.

A video of that confrontation was posted online. In it the boy’s father and two other men confront Mr Voon outside the bathroom.

While the father has hold of Mr Voon’s arm, he tells the camera that Mr Voon was in the bathroom and had put his camera down next to his son.

The two men say to Mr Voon “show us your camera’”

“You were caught red handed with your camera angled when some boy was peeing” one of the men yells.

The footage of the incident was later posted online by a local news site, The Edmonton Crime Report.

Voon now faces charges of possessing child pornography, making child pornography and voyeurism, local reports say.

Over the weekend administrators at Dr Voon’s paediatric clinic emailed parents a message from Dr Voon.

“A most terrible thing has happened with me in the past week whilst overseas which I will need to manage urgently … I will have to cease practice immediately indefinitely.

“For patients and family I am so sorry for leaving you so suddenly.  I can honestly state that these issues have been TOTALLY separate from work and I have always provided you and your children with the best possible, safe and appropriate care.

WA Today reports that there is no suggestion that Dr Voon has been involved in illegal activity in Western Australia.

2. Man charged with triple murder of a mother and her two kids in Adelaide.

Steven Peet Adeline Rigney-Wilson and her children. Via Facebook.

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother and her two children after their bodies were found at a home in Adelaide's north.

Police found the bodies of a five-year-old boy, six-year-old girl and 29-year-old woman inside a rural property in Hillier on Monday afternoon.

A 30-year-old man found at the scene was taken to the Lyell McEwen Hospital before being released into police custody, interviewed by detectives and charged with murder.

The man has been named as Steven Peetan, 30.

He was the partner of murdered woman Adeline Rigney-Wilson, 29, but not the father of her two children.

The Advertiser reports that Ms Rigney-Wilson had just moved in with Mr Peet only a few months earlier.

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Chief Inspector Alby Quinn told reporters that it was domestic violence.

“This matter doesn't involve any other people, and it does at this stage appear to be domestic-related.”

In a Facebook post shared by Mr Peet in February Peet, who is also a father of two children, wrote he deplored men who 'hurt women' sharing a picture with the caption 'The day you raise your hand on a woman. That day you're no longer officially a man.'

He has been refused bail to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today.

  For domestic violence support 24/7, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). 

3. Zoo officials have responded to claims they should have done something else to save the little boy rather than shoot Harambe the gorilla.

Harambe the gorilla. Via Facebook.

Officials at Cincinnati Zoo have held a press conference where they responded to critics of the zoo's decision to shoot a gorilla that was dragging around a four-year-old boy who climbed into the gorilla’s enclosure.

"We live in the real world, we make real decisions,"  Cincinnati Zoo director Thayne Maynard said at a press conference.

Mr Maynard said that Harambe was an unpredictable animal.

“You can't take risk with a silverback.”

"They are unpredictable and dangerous, he can crush a coconut in one hand.”

The Zoo said they feel their enclosures are safe.

“People, kids and others can climb over barriers we work really hard to make sure this is safe” he said “That said people can climb over barriers and that’s what happened.”

Mr Maynard said that they believe the decision they made to shoot Harambe was the right one.

“Looking back we would make the same decision”

“We stand by our decision and we would make the same call today.”

He refused to point fingers about fault saying police attended the zoo and found no one responsible.

“We are not here to point fingers.”

4. Call to shorten working hours to make family life easier.

A new report calls for working hours to be capped at 38 hours a week to make it easier for men to share the caring load in the family home and for women to participate in paid work.

The RMIT University study, spearheaded by a network of 34 leading academics who specialise in work and family policy, is calling on the government to enforce regular work schedules for casual and part-time workers.

The network, Work and Family Policy Roundtable, is also pushing for paid palliative care leave, domestic violence leave and paid annual leave on pro-rata basis for casuals.

According to reports, it is evident men often work far more than just 38 hours per week while women caring for children tend to work short part-time hours.

Women caring for children tend to work short part-time hours. Via iStock.

Roundtable co-convenor Professor Sara Charlesworth said many Australian women caring for children tended to work short part-time hours.

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"We have one of the most gendered and polarised working time regimes in the OECD," she said.

Professor Charlesworth said that when women have children they tend to work less and in lower quality jobs, while men start working more hours once they become a father.

"If you have a two-parent household with care responsibilities, then that limits the total time available for care. Women tend to be the shock absorbers,” she said.

“They are the ones adjusting themselves around what are often the fixed long hours of their partner."

"These jobs do not have the same security and predictability as full-time employment for which many women pay a high price: job insecurity, low life-time workforce participation and income, including in retirement," the report says.

"Restructuring of employment regulation to ensure recognition, support and decent working conditions for working-carers – no matter who their employer or what their employment status – is a critical long-term goal."

5. Chiropractor charged over Nova Peris Facebook abuse.

A chiropractor from the NSW Central Coast has been charged over allegedly writing a Facebook post calling Senator Nova Peris a “black c—t.”

Chris Nelson was arrested and charged yesterday with using a telecommunications service to cause offence. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on June 21.

Mr Nelson denied the charges saying his account was hacked.

A direct message to Senator Peris from Mr Nelson’s Facebook account, which has since gone viral after she shared it said “Nova F--k off. You were only endorsed by Juliar because you were a black c—t”.

The ABC reports that at the time the comments were posted, Mr Nelson was a member of the Liberal Party's NSW division.

The Liberal Party has now confirmed that Nelson has been stripped of party membership over the allegations.

6. Warren Entsch calls woman killed by croc “stupid”.

Federal MP Warren Entsch has called a 46-year-old woman killed by a crocodile in FNQ “stupid” to swim at night at a notoriously dangerous beach.

Warning against a “crocodile backlash”, Warren Entsch, said the coastal area where the 46-year-old disappeared had numerous signs warning visitors of the danger.

“You can't legislate against human stupidity," he said.

This is a tragedy but it was avoidable... You can only get there by ferry, and there are signs there saying watch out for the bloody crocodiles . If you go in swimming at 10 o'clock at night, you're going to get consumed.”

Tourist Cindy Waldron, 46, was swimming in waist-deep water with a friend at 10.30pm on Sunday night and yelled that she was being attacked by a crocodile before disappearing.

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Her friend, a local resident aged 47, was grazed on the arm after she tried to pull the victim from the jaws of the crocodile.

The incident occurred at Thornton Beach in the popular Daintree region in north Queensland, where a 16–foot crocodile has been spotted in recent weeks.

Mr Entsch said the latest incident occurred in a national parkland and urged the public not to start a backlash against crocodiles that could affect local tourism.

“Let's not start vendettas,” he said. "People have to have some level of responsibility for their own actions."

7. Sacked 60 Minutes producer hires top lawyer.

The 60 Minutes producer who was sacked over the Beirut story involving Sydney mum Sally Faulkner has hired a top workplace lawyer.

News Limited reports that Stephen Rice is fighting his sacking by the Nine Entertainment Co by hiring high-profile workplace lawyer John Laxon .

Rice was sacked on Friday named as the main person responsible for 60 Minutes’ Beirut child kidnapping story involving Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner that led to the jailing of host Tara Brown and other members of the crew.

A friend told News Limited Rice was angry at being sacked and singled out.

“They said right from the beginning no one was going to get the sack,” the friend said.

“Because of this he wasn’t legally represented at the review and hadn’t sought any legal advice.”

“Whatever his mistakes were, he was there with Nine’s full knowledge and blessing,” he said.

8. We've been wrong. Turns out 'Man flu' is real.

It's real. Via IStock.

Many of us have doubted it, questioned it, even at times laughed at it but it turns out we are wrong. Men of Australia we say sorry.

A survey has shown that “man flu” actually exists with health data showing more men were struck down with influenza last year than women.

Medibank found that 21 per cent of men came down with the flu in 2015, compared with 19 per cent of women.

The insurer’s medical director Dr Kevin Cheng said recent research showed hormones could play a role in different levels of suffering among men and women.

“Further to experiencing more severe symptoms, this data is also showing that men appear to be more susceptible to the flu in the first place, with weaker responses to flu vaccinations observed in some males with higher testosterone levels,” he said.

He said that men may experience more severe flu symptoms than women due to their testosterone that can potentially weaken their immune response at a cellular level.

“Conversely, the female oestrogen hormone has been found to hold antiviral qualities that could help women limit the replication of the virus in the body.”

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