Brekky Wrap: Childhood Friends Die In Each Other's Arms
All the news you need to know this Monday.
Storms in Queensland’s far north have turned deadly. An 18-year-old was swept away by floodwaters north of Townsville as ex-tropical cyclone Owen dumped heavy rain across the region.
Across the border and a toddler has drowned in a backyard pool at Port Stephens in the NSW Hunter region. Despite efforts by paramedics, the 19-month-old couldn’t be saved.
Family and friends are in shock after two childhood friends died in each other's arms after their car flew off the road into wetlands. Jason Gilham 27, and his passenger Brad Dobney also 27, were killed in Altona North, southwest Melbourne. It has been reported the two men attempted to kick their way out of the sunroof and the back window of the rented Mercedes Benz following the crash. The pair had been out at dinner on Saturday before the 8.45pm crash where the car plunged upside down in the water,
Josh Frydenberg is due to hand down his first budget update as Treasurer. He’s expected to announce a dramatic improvement to the bottom line, with the government on track to deliver a surplus next year.
The federal government will unveil a half a billion dollar package for aged care services on Monday. The funds will allow people to remain in their home for longer.
Some animals have been killed at Chester Zoo when a massive fire ripped through the exotic animal enclosure on Saturday. The Zoo confirmed some frogs, fish, birds and insects perished in the blaze that caused nearly $100,000 worth of damage. While keepers were able to save some critically endangered spices like the Sumatran orangutans and Sulawesi macaques, they said they were devastated by the loss of the animals that died.
A record number of Australians are donating their organs. More than 500 people have already donated this year, saving the lives of 14,000 people. Victoria is leading the way with the greatest amount of donations.
Chris Dawson will face a bail hearing in Sydney on Monday afternoon. He’s been charged with the alleged murder of his wife Lynette, nearly 37 years ago. Last week, surety of $1, 500,000 was offered to secure his bail.
Close to 6,000 demonstrators have marched against a UN migration pact. Police were forced to use tear gas and water cannons as the protests became violent.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared his government needs to control rap music across the country. “If it’s impossible to stop something, you’ve got to take charge of it,” Putin said of the music genre that he claims promotes "sex, drugs and protests". This comes after popular Russian rapper Husky was arrested after a number of his concerts were cancelled. In protest of the cancellations, he held an impromptu concert on the roof of a car and shortly after he was detained. Husky's lyrics are also known to be critical of Putin's government.
Australia will resume at four wickets for 132 runs on day four of the second test against India in Perth. The hosts are sweating on the fitness of opener Aaron Finch, who retired hurt with 25 runs on Sunday.
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