Brekky Wrap: Aussie Punter Wins Record $3.6 Million With Lucky Poker Hand
All the news you need to know this Monday.
Close to 1,000 Australians have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year, including a record number of women. Actor Hugh Jackman, Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and ABC chair Ita Buttrose have all been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia -- the nation’s highest honour. Also being recognised today is actor Eric Bana, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty and 10’s very own Carrie Bickmore.
The ABC is expected to launch legal action against the Australian Federal Police after their Sydney headquarters was raided last week. It's in a bid to have information taken during the raids returned. Newscorp is reportedly also in talks with the AFP to get documents returned after officers raided the Canberra home of a senior journalist the day before. Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called on the government to stand up for press freedom.
A young boy remains fighting for life after the boat he was in capsized off the Sunshine Coast. The vessel started to take on water at about 1.30am yesterday morning, forcing the boy, 7, his father and another man to cling to an esky and tread water until help arrived. It’s not yet known how the boat sank or why the trio wasn’t wearing life jackets.
Strong winds are continuing to delay a helicopter mission to retrieve the bodies of five climbers who were caught up in an avalanche in the Himalayas. Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance is believed to be among the group spotted at an altitude of 5-thousand metres.
A Perth punter has pocketed $3.6 million thanks to a lucky hand of poker at WA's only casino. The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, produced a royal flush on a $15 table on Crown Casino on Saturday night. It's the biggest ever jackpot won on the tables in Australia, according to the West Australian. It comes as gambling expenditure continues to fall across Australia, decreasing from $23.8 billion in 2015-2016 to $23.6 in 2016-2017.
Boris Johnson, the man tipped to be the UK’s new prime minister, says he will withhold payment of the country’s Brexit bill to try and get a better deal. He’s one of five gunning for the top job as lawmakers work to decide how, when or whether Britain should leave the EU.
READ MORE: Theresa May Resigns Amid Brexit Chaos
Riot police have been called into Hong Kong after a peaceful protest turned violent. Officers armed with batons, shields, tear gas and pepper spray clashed with the one million-strong protest on Sunday. The demonstration was over a controversial new bill which would allow people to be sent to China to face criminal charges.
In sport, Rafael Nadal has been crowned French Open champion after beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in four sets. He has also made history, becoming the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam, and has now won 18 majors overall.
Women’s French Open champion, Ash Barty, will swap her racquet for golf clubs this week as she recovers from her Roland Garros success. After her gruelling seven-match run in Paris, Barty has pulled out of the Nottingham grass-court event despite being the defending champion.
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