Brekky Wrap: Parents Slapped With $100 Fine For Failing To Get Teen Up For School
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A judge in New Zealand has fined two parents $50 each for failing to get their 15-year-old son up for school. Donna Davey and Shane Dryden appeared in the Dunedin District Court last week, admitting to failing to wake their son up and get him to class on time in 2018. He spent 45 out of 62 days absent and with every 20 days of unjustified leave, the boy was removed from the school roll. "I understand teenagers can be very difficult to coax into compliance," Magistrate Simon Heale told the parents, according to the New Zealand Herald. "But it is your obligation, till he reaches the age of 16, to have him at school." Along with the fine, they were each ordered to pay court costs of $130.
It’s judgement day for disgraced Cardinal George Pell. The Victorian Court of Appeal will rule on whether to overturn the 78-year-old's convictions for sexually abusing two choirboys in the 1990s. Pell was sentenced to six years in jail in March. In order for his appeal to be successful, only two of the three judges need to find in Pell's favour.
READ MORE: Judgement Day: George Pell To Learn His Fate
Airport workers around the country will rally for better pay and working conditions. Protests are expected in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Gold Coast airports from 11am. While the action isn't designed to affect travellers, the advice is to allow plenty of extra time.
Thousands have taken to the streets in Sydney to protest a bill that would decriminalise abortion. The demonstration came as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a delay of the final vote in the upper house until next month.
Australian universities have been warned that relying on foreign students places them at financial risk. We have more international students than any other nation at 25 percent, 10 percent of those are from China. The Centre For Independent Studies also accuses some universities of compromising English standards to boost enrolment, reports News Corp.
A hazardous surf warning is in place for the entire NSW coastline. Rock-fishers, boaters and swimmers are being warned to be on high alert with swells of up to 12 metres expected.
READ MORE: Dangerous Surf To Slam Into NSW Coast
The 25th James Bond film finally has a title and release date. 'No Time To Die' will be Daniel Craig's fifth movie as 007. Filming got underway in Jamaica in April, with a release date pegged for April 2020.
In sport, Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, as he recovers from a concussion. The batsman copped a bouncer to the back of the neck on day four of the second Test at Lord’s.
READ MORE: Steve Smith Ruled Out Of Third Ashes Test
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