1. Three teenagers in Morocco are due to stand trial on Friday for public indecency – after posting pictures of themselves kissing on Facebook. A young couple, aged between 14 and 15, and a male friend who took the photos, were all arrested last Thursday and held in a juvenile detention centre until Monday, when they were released to their parents.
Apparently a Moroccan NGO filed a lawsuit saying that the photos “deeply affect Moroccan education and culture, and upset people’s feelings.” The arrest has sparked a social media backlash, with many young people posting similar pictures and calling for a “giant kiss-in” on Wednesday.
2. Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose has backed calls to increase the legal drinking age to 21. “A lot of Australians drink more than is good for them, and long term that is not good for their health… Whether raising the drinking age to 21 would work or not, I don’t know,” Buttrose said.
Buttrose said it was worth trailing an increase in the drinking age to see whether it has any affect on alcohol-fueled violence.
3. An 18-month-old toddler has sustained third-degree burns after falling into a campfire on the banks of the Macquarie River in NSW. The toddler’s parents reportedly doused their son in water before waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The boy was taken to Westmead Hospital in Sydney, suffering injuries to his face and arm.
4. Tony Abbott reportedly claimed $600 to attend Peter Slipper’s wedding in 2006. He made the admission while in Bali for the APEC conference. It comes in the wake of revelations that Coalition MP’s Barnaby Joyce, Julie Bishop and Teresa Gambaro ‘collectively claimed more than $12,000 in “overseas study” allowances when they attended an Indian billionaire’s wedding with Gina Rinehart in 2011 and that Attorney-General George Brandis has spent $1700 of taxpayer money to go to the wedding of radio DJ Michael Smith.