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.
The Prime Minister has defended his use of the funds saying: “When the controversy arose after the Michael Smith wedding, I remembered that some seven years ago I had been to a couple of weddings and so I went back and I checked.” He said the entitlement was unclear.
5. Queensland’s most senior lawmaker has said that parents should be liable to pay compensation for the criminal actions of children in their care. According to Queensland’s Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, the compensation payments would act as a wake-up call for parents to take more responsibility for their children. His comments follow two recent Queensland court cases in which parents have been found to be financially liable for their children’s crimes due to a lack of supervision.
6. An iconic pig and a goat have been stolen from the grounds of a popular Sydney cafe. ‘Kevin Bacon‘ the pig and ‘Bradley‘ the goat were reportedly taken from their homes at The Grounds in Alexandria on Sunday night. Anyone who has seen Kevin or Bradley should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
7. A waitress who received a Keno ticket as a tip from a restaurant patron has won $17,500. Aurora Kephart received the ticket from one of her regular customers at Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield. Kephart told a local news channel: “[When I saw,] I turned around and I automatically handed it right back to him,” she said. “He had me sign it so nobody could steal it. Then he said, ‘Now that you’ve signed it, you’re the only person who could cash it.'” The 25-year-old reportedly gave a percentage to the man (who’s chosen to remain anonymous).
8. The Australian women’s netball team has won the Constellation Cup after they defeated New Zealand 52-47 at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena last night. You can read our interview with the captain of the netball team, Laura Geitz, here.