1. Schoolies attendee shares dangerous act of ‘balcony hopping’ on social media platform Snapchat.
Footage has emerged of a teenager “balcony hopping” at a Gold Coast hotel while on schoolies.
In the vision obtained by the Seven Network, which was initally uploaded to Snapchat, the teenage girl climbs around the edge of a balcony several floors up at the Beachcomber Resort at Surfers Paradise. During the act her friends are heard saying, “this isn’t going to be funny when she falls”.
In 2012 a Brisbane teenager attending Schoolies plunged to her death from a balcony at Beachcomber. The resort then implemented a new policy where they would to lock all balconies during the week of celebrations.
But in 2014 Beachcomber management decided to reopen the balconies after reportedly receiving backlash from teens, The Courier Mail reports.
Inspector Bruce Kuhn said climbing between hotel or apartment balconies is a “life-endangering act”.
He said if anyone is detected involved in “balcony hopping” police will act immediately.
“If someone is observed to climb between balconies police can charge those involved with the offence of unregulated high risk activity.”
A second separate incident from this week’s schoolies shows a boy at the same resort dangling his legs from an awning and climbing along a ledge inside a room.
2. Australian woman arrested over international surrogate agency.
An Australian nurse has been arrested for allegedly running a surrogacy agency in Cambodia.
The 49-year-old nurse was arrested following an edict banning surrogacy.
Tammy Davis-Charles from Melbourne was detained for acting as an “intermediary in surrogacy and for falsifying documents.” Officers also seized passports, money, mobile phones and documents during the raid, AAP reports.
Cambodia’s chief of the Anti-trafficking Office, Police Colonel Keo Thea said that more than 20 Cambodian women to carry babies through her Fertility Solutions PGD Clinic.
Sam Everingham, director of the Australian non-profit organisation Families Through Surrogacy called on authorities “to make sure they do respect the safety of the surrogates and the babies and the parents in the transition period here.”
3. Paid parental leave backflip.
The Prime Minister is planning on increasing paid parental leave for new mums to 20 weeks.
Crossbench senators Derryn Hinch and the Nick Xenophon’s senators have pushed for the compromise deal after rejecting the previous plan.
The Daily Telegraph reports and Social Services Minister Christian Porter has confirmed it is under consideration.
About 60 per cent of families will be better off, or not affected, under the revised proposal, compared with only 47 per cent of families previously.
The new deal would mean employer schemes are taken into account so a woman who received 10 weeks of paid leave from her employer could only get 10 weeks of government pay, bringing her to a maximum of 20 weeks. It will increase parental leave payments to low and middle income mums from 18 to 20 weeks, or up to $13,452.