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 We’ve rounded up all the latest news from Australia and around the world – so you don’t have to go searching.

1. Toddler dies after being found unconscious in a neighbour’s pond yesterday afternoon.

A toddler from Sydney has died after being pulled from a pond on a neighbour’s property.

The little boy, Bob Watt Jr, 3,  was playing near his father, riding a bike, while his dad, Robert Watt worked nearby in their Chiltern Road  property in Ingleside home.

The three-year-old was found floating unconscious in the next door neighbour’s pond about 10 minutes after he was noticed missing.

Landlord Joe Gigliotti, was doing maintenance work nearby.

He told News Limited:“He was riding the bike up and down the driveway, and then we couldn’t see him anymore and the father came and asked me: ‘Where is Bob?’ and I said I’d seen him about 10 minutes ago but hadn’t seen him since.”

“I asked the father what happened, he said he looked for him next door, here, and at first he saw the bike on the edge of the dam, and then he saw the little boy face down in the dam and he went to pick him up but he was all blue, his face was all blue.”

Police released a statement saying the little boy died in hospital.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

2. Budget 2016: Wooing women back to work.

Tonight’s budget will have a package designed squarely to woo the female vote with billions of dollars aimed at helping women return to the workforce, flexible subsidised childcare, tax incentives for mum-preneurs and superannuation changes designed to boost women’s super.

The Courier Mail reports that the budget will hold a multimillion-dollar re-skilling package for women who have been out of the workforce while raising children as well as billions of dollars for a childcare subsidy which allows women to pay for the hours they need. It will also hold tax incentives for new businesses.

The Australian Financial Review reports that the Government could reverse its decision to abolish the Low Income Super Contribution scheme, that currently adds payments of up to $500 per year for those who earn less than $37,000.

Employment and Women’s Minister Michaelia Cash told The Courier-Mail female participation in the workforce is essential to boosting Australia’s productivity.

Also known:

  • Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed the budget would contain a 12.5 per cent annual increase in tobacco excise over the four years to 2020.
  • The budget will include an additional $1.2 billion for schools over the next four years.
  • Treasurer Scott Morrison has confirmed wealthy Australians will pay more tax on their superannuation.
  • The Government appears likely to include company tax cuts in the budget.
  • Fifty million dollars will be allocated towards supporting new infrastructure projects for the nation’s cities.

3. A second refugee sets themselves alight in Nauru.

A second refugee – this time a young female Somali  has set herself alight at Nauru. The incident comes just days after an Iranian man self-immolated.


Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said the woman, who he believed was about 21 years old, was “badly burned [and that] all her clothes have been burnt off.”

The government of Nauru said the woman was suffering critical injuries and was being treated by four emergency doctors at the Republic of Nauru Hospital.

“We are distressed that refugees are attempting such dreadful acts in order to attempt to influence the Australian government’s immigration policies,” it said in a statement to Fairfax Media.

Refugee advocates said the young woman was one of three people returned to Nauru last week after receiving medical treatment in Australia.

Senator Hanson-Young told the ABC the woman was in Australia for about six months and before that, had lived on Nauru for three years.

4. White Ribbon Advocate found dead, man assisting police with inquiries.

A White Ribbon program advocate has been found dead in suspicious circumstances.

Mildura Rural City Council employee Karen Belej, 31,  was found dead at her home in Cardross on Sunday evening.

The Age reports that she had been at the forefront of the council’s push to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace.

A man was said to be assisting police with their inquiries as homicide squad detectives investigate the case.

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5. Australia Post to charge $9 to pick up mail.

Australia Post is bringing in a new charge that will see customers pay for the postal giant to hold their undelivered mail.

Undelivered parcels are currently held at post offices for 10 days at no cost before being returned to sender.

From August 1, if a package isn’t collected within five days, its recipient would have to hand over $3 to pick it up. An additional $3 will be charged for each week the package is held. Packages will be held for up to 30 days with customers paying up to $9 to retrieve an item.

The company’s manager of postal services Christine Corbett told 3AW  the changes were expected to make “a few million” for the company, which she said was “a very nominal amount”.

6. Evidence of Catholic Church cover up against Father “F.”

The former director of the NSW Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has said there is “clear evidence” the Catholic Church covered up the crimes of a paedophile priest repprts the ABC.


The priest, formerly known as Father F, now revealed to be John Joseph Farrell, was sentenced to a minimum 18 years’ jail after being found guilty of 62 counts of child sex abuse in Armidale in the 1980s.

Former DPP director Nicholas Cowdery said there was evidence the Catholic Church played a role in the cover-up of Farrell’s crimes.

think this is very clear evidence of continuing cover-up,” former DPP director Nicholas Cowdery said.

“I don’t see how you can get away from that.”

7.30 reports that Farrell admitted to Reverend Monsignor Usher and Father Brian Lucas he sexually abused five boys between 1982 and 1984.

But they denied witnessing Farrell’s admission to child sex crimes.

Mr Cowdery said it was in the public interest that clergyman that may have known about crimes, yet failed to report them to police.

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7. Australian Craig Wright claims to be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.

A Sydney based entrepreneur has publicly identified himself as the inventor of the digital currency Bitcoin.

The scientist, inventor and academic, Craig Wright went public yesterday as the man who developed and launched bitcoin, the electronic payment network which allows people to pay each other directly over the internet without the need for a bank apparently ending years of speculation about a person who, until now, has gone by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

Mr Wright said he wants to allay fears about the digital currency and help people understand its potential.

“I firmly believe that Bitcoin and the Blockchain can change the world for the better” he said in his statement.

“I didn’t take the decision lightly to make my identity public and I want to be clear that I’m doing this because I care so passionately about my work and also to dispel any negative myths and fears about bitcoin and the Blockchain. “

Mr Wright reportedly provided technical proof to verify his admission, using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin’s creator.

However, the revelation has received a mixed response on social media with many skeptical of Dr Wright’s claims.

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