Brekky Wrap: Archbishop To Appeal Conviction And A New GST Plan
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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson will lodge an appeal against his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse. Wilson was given a 12 month sentence, with a non-parole period of six months for his role in covering-up abuse in the Church in NSW in the 1970s. The court is currently assessing if he is eligible to serve his time as home detention. Wilson said in a statement on Wednesday that he will resign from his position only when his appeal is unsuccessful.
A comedian has been charged with allegedly vandalising the memorial for murdered Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon. An aspiring comedian herself, Dixon was killed as she walked home on June 13. The Age reports the 31-year-old man was charged with alleged offensive behaviour and making offensive graffiti. He was granted bail by police and will face court in August.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will unveil a new plan to overhaul the nation's GST model on Thursday, vowing that no state will be worse off under the changes. Following a year-long review by the Productivity Commission, Morrison will try to share the GST revenue evenly between states. The first step involves topping up Western Australia's share of GST revenue -- the state has long argued they have been short changed by the government after the mining boom ended. The Commonwealth will also add hundreds of millions of dollars to the GST so that smaller states like Victoria and New South Wales aren't worse off following the changes.
One explorer assisting Thai authorities has said the next 24 hours are critical in knowing the fate of 13 people trapped in a cave. The soccer team and their coach have been stuck in the cave for 12 days, while the world's best cave divers and rescue experts work to figure out the best way to save them. With heavy monsoon rains coming, the boys will either have to learn to dive, or wait for months until waters recede. In the meantime, food and supplies have been carried to the team by navy seals.
A 92-year-old woman has shot and killed her son because he wanted to put her in an aged care home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested for allegedly killing her 72-year-old son. Blessing told police she had two handguns in her robe when she confronted her son about the move he had planned for her after he said she was difficult to live with. The partner of Blessing's son managed to wrestle the weapons away from the 92-year-old. She was sitting in her reclining chair in her bedroom when she was arrested.
Number two seed Caroline Wozniacki has made an early exit from the Wimbledon tennis tournament after being defeated in three sets by Ekaterina Makarova. Venus and Serena Williams however, have advanced to the third round and so too has Swiss tennis master Roger Federer. Australian John Millian was knocked out in straight sets by Canadian Milos Raonic.
Scientists have had an embryo breakthrough that could save the northern white rhino. The last male of the species in the world died in March this year, leaving just two females alive and the animal on the verge of extinction. Now, the sperm of two dead northern white rhinos has been used to create embryos with eggs from a closely related sub-species. Researchers say that a baby rhino could be born within three years and that rhino IVF is an important step in saving a species so close to dying out.
Online clothing retailer ASOS is now selling a jumpsuit designed specifically for people who use wheelchairs. The item was designed with longer hems to prevent clothing riding up and with a more relaxed fit to improve comfort. The jacket and pants also zip together and are waterproof, which helps when the weather turns. The item has been praised on social media as an important step forward for people with a disability being included in mainstream fashion.
And Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut has taken out the title at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for the third time in a row. The 34-year-old slammed a record-breaking 74 hot dogs in just 10 minutes to claim a $10,000 (USD) prize. Chestnut has set records each year for the past three years, eating 70 hot dogs in his first year of competition, 72 in 2017 and now 74 in 2018.
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