Brekky Wrap: Melbourne Man Cops Parking Fine 32 Minutes Before Ticket Expires
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The Coalition has secured the support it needs to pass all three stages of its multi-billion-dollar tax package. Tasmanian senator Jacquie Lambie will support the bill when it's introduced to the Senate later today, so too will two Centre Alliance senators and Corey Bernardi. It means low and middle-income earners will get an extra $1080 back in their pockets when they lodge their tax returns in the coming months.
Hundreds of workers at a Western Sydney council have walked off the job amid safety concerns about weed killer Roundup which has been linked to cancer. A union claims six employees of Blacktown City Council were told to use the spray or be forced from their jobs, prompting the widespread action. More than 10,000 bins were uncollected yesterday and workers are meeting this morning to decide whether to continue the strike.
The body of Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance has been airlifted from a remote mountain in the Himalayas. She was one of eight caught in an avalanche during an expedition on Nanda Devi East in late May. The Australian was farewelled by family and friends at a memorial service last week
A toddler has suffered serious head injuries after a hit-and-run in Ipswich, Queensland. The 14-month-old boy was hit by a passing truck on Fernvale Rd, Brassall just before 3pm yesterday. The driver reportedly didn't stop.
A Melbourne driver has been left frustrated after being slapped with a parking fine 32 minutes before his ticket expired. The motorist posted a photo to Reddit of the $83 Boroondara City Council fine next to his parking ticket. "I was there from 12:07 with a one hour ticket in a one hour space, and I was fined at 12:35 for overstaying the time period. I wasn’t hopping around trying to cheat the system or anything," he wrote in the comments. The council confirmed that the parking ticket will stay because the two-hour spot was monitored by chalk, which was clearly marked on the tyre. Despite the man getting a fresh ticket, the mark reportedly proved he had physically been in that same car space for more than two hours.
Smoking is killing 6,400 Australians each year from stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular issues, according to new research out of the Australian National University. Tobacco smokers have triple the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, compared to people who never smoke.
A volcano has erupted on the Italian island of Stromboli, killing one person and leaving several others injured. Tourists were forced to flee overnight as thick plumes of smoke billowed into the air. The navy has been deployed for a possible mass evacuation.
A Jim Beam warehouse filled with bourbon barrels has gone up in flames in Kentucky. The blaze is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike. All 45,000 barrels of "relatively young whiskey," is believed to have been destroyed.
In sport, world number one Ash Barty is in Wimbledon action tonight taking on Alison Van Uytvanck. Nick Kyrgios will take centre court as he battles Rafael Nadal for a third round place.
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