1. Cold snap sees snow fall in Queensland overnight.
Queenslanders are wondering what has hit them as the “Antarctic Vortex” brings snow to the state better known for its sunny skies.
Online weather site Higgins Storm Chasing reports that snow fell overnight in Stanthorpe with snow and sleet further north as far as Toowoomba arriving this morning.In Brisbane temperatures dropped three degrees below average yesterday, leaving locals shivering in their Havaianas.
Meanwhile, in NSW snow fell throughout Northern and Central West towns. The town of Orange saw “thundersnow” on Saturday night — the combination of a tropical-style storm with thunder and lightning and a cold front with snow caused by the Antarctic vortex reports The Central West Daily.Throughout the south of the country the weather continued its icy blast with Victoria experiencing its wettest July day in 25 years yesterday.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that the current cold snap will ease today in NSW, but there is a flood watch alert issued for the greater Melbourne catchment areas of Werribee, Maribyrnong, Yarra, Dandenong and Bunyip and for East Gippsland, and Melbourne itself is only expected to reach 11 degrees.
In Adelaide temperatures are not expected to rise above 15C this week, while in Perth daytime temps will hover around 17C with nighttime minimums down to 3C.
2. Aboriginal women on welfare being used as “cash cows” former MP claims.
A former Victorian Labor MP has claimed that Aboriginal women on welfare are being used as “cash cows” by having children for government payouts.
Speaking on Network Ten’s The Bolt Report, discussing constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, Gary Johns said “poor women” are having babies to reap welfare benefits.
“Look, a lot of poor women in this country, a large proportion of whom are Aboriginal, are used as cash cows, right?” Mr Johns said. “They are kept pregnant and producing children for the cash. Now, that has to stop.”
The controversial comments came in response to statistics by the Aboriginal Housing Victoria that showed Aboriginal women were 34 times more likely to suffer domestic violence than non-indigenous women, and 11 times more likely to die at the hands of their partners.
Starting today in Victoria, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, will hear that Aboriginal women were far less likely to report their abuse to authorities for fear their children will be taken away.
Mr Johns called on Indigenous leaders, pushing for recognition to change their focus.