Brekky Wrap: Couple Vow To Keep Their Child's Gender Secret
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A couple has made the controversial decision to keep their baby's gender a secret so the child can decide later. Chanti Annette Humphrey and Jake England-Johns call their 14-month-old Anoush 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she', dress the toddler in both male and female clothes and let them choose which toys to play with. The circus performers, who live in a houseboat near Bath, England, even kept the sex from their own parents for almost a year. “We’re not trying to make them be anything. We just want them to be themselves,” England-Johns told the BBC.
Three NSW Liberal MPs have called off a spill motion against Premier Gladys Berejiklian over her handling of the state’s abortion bill. Tanya Davies, Lou Amato and Matthew Mason-Cox on Monday night announced they would call an "empty chair" spill motion after negotiations over four key amendments broke down. "Since releasing our statement last night, we have received confirmation that further concessions will be forthcoming in relation to the amendments to the abortion bill," they said this morning.
Firefighters are on high alert with dry and gusty storms forecast to hit Queensland’s south. The weather bureau warns lightning strikes could ignite new fires, while wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour could fan existing ones. Meanwhile, in NSW, there are more than a dozen fires burning in the states north. A blaze at Drake, which was threatening lives and homes overnight, has been downgraded to a watch and act.
Further south, the NSW coastline is in for a drenching as a cold front moves across the south-east. Up to 60mm is expected to fall near Newcastle today alone, while parts of Sydney will receive up to 50mm. The cold snap has already brought snow to backyards in Goulburn, the Blue Mountains and even Canberra.
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The Federal Water Minister has warned that water storage has failed to match population growth over the past 20 years. David Littleproud says states need to build more dams or risk water storage levels falling by more than 30 per cent by 2030.
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg has labelled the Brexit process a “nightmare” and warned Britain the “clock is ticking” ahead of the October 31 deadline. Xavier Bettel met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson overnight, calling for him to stop speaking and deliver written proposals if he wants a breakthrough.
Saudi Arabia claims weapons used to strike the world's largest oil processing facility, were Iranian made. The blame came after US President Donald Trump declared that Tehran was likely behind the strikes. The attack sent oil prices spiking on Monday.
In sport, Geelong forward Tom Hawkins has failed to overturn a one-match ban for striking and will miss Friday’s AFL prelim final against Richmond. Tonight GWS star Toby Greene will front the tribunal in a bid to play this weekend.
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