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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.
- 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.