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Mum bans anti-vax friend from seeing child
A mum has asked for advice after her best friend became upset when she banned her from visiting her toddler due to the woman’s child being unvaccinated.
She asked Reddit users if she was an “a**hole” for telling her friend their children couldn’t meet after she bought a non-refundable plane ticket to come and see them.
“My best friend and I have toddlers. My toddler is a healthy vaccinated child. My best friend’s toddler is so far healthy but unvaccinated,” she wrote.
“We both live in dif states and she had bought a ticket to visit. Panic set in and I asked her not to come.”
She said that her friend decided not to vaccinate her child after her sister had a vaccination scare.
Even though her own daughter is vaccinated she was worried her friend’s child could still get her sick.
“She says since my child is vaccinated I should have nothing to fear and I am being ridiculous,” the post read.
“The ticket isn’t refundable and she is furious.”
People quickly jumped to the mum’s defence, saying that she has every right to look out for her child’s wellbeing.
“Vaccines aren’t always 100% effective. Some times you can still get sick,” one person wrote.
“Keep your child safe. And see if you can make your friend understand science … though odds are slim,” another said.
However some people claimed she should have never allowed her to book the ticket in the first place seeing as she already knew her stance on vaccines.
“You are an a**hole. You knew this kid wasn’t vaccinated, let your friend book a flight to see you and now refuse to see them, over something you have always known,” one person wrote.
Theresa May’s Brexit plan rejected
Theresa May’s latest Brexit plan has been rejected by the British parliament — leaving the future of the divorce from the European Union and her own position in jeopardy.
The failure of the proposed plan is a second humiliation for Mrs May after the first attempt in January saw a historic 230 votes against it.
The defeat today (Tuesday in the UK) was not as bad, but still significant with 149 votes against it (391-242).
Speaking after the result was read to a packed chamber, Mrs May confirmed a vote would be held Wednesday (UK time) that gave MPs the chance to rule out leaving the EU without a deal.
It would be a free vote for government members, she said, something she had “personally struggled with” but the decisions were “an issue of grave importance for the country”.
She said if the parliament voted to leave without a deal it would “become government policy”. If they don’t, a third vote would be held on Thursday about whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit.
Critics have hit out at the last-minute chaos, saying there is only one option left for Ms May — to resign.
“Another absolute drubbing for Theresa May,” wrote commentator Piers Morgan, on Twitter. “Her Brexit plan is obviously dead as a dodo. But how in good conscience can she carry on as Prime Minister? She’s lost her vote, her authority, even her voice. Surely the only option left to her now is to resign?”
—Andrew Koubaridis, read more.
Traffic queued up in Sydney’s west
Motorists are being told to allow for extra travel time when driving in Sydney’s west this morning following a crash at Oakhurst.
One of two northbound lanes were closed on the M7 approaching Richmond due to a two car collision.
Traffic was very heavy and was backed up for 4km.
The crash has now been cleared but drivers are still being told to allow for extra travel time.
Missing hikers went down the wrong track
The Melbourne couple who were forced to spent four nights in Victoria’s alpine wilderness after going missing while on a hike say they became stuck on a ledge and couldn’t get down.
Trevor Salvado, 60, and Jacinta ‘Cindy’ Bohan, 58, were found safe and well on Tuesday morning at Mount Buffalo in Victoria’s northeast, after getting lost on Friday.
The experienced hikers say they took a wrong track and found themselves stuck on a steep ledge that they couldn’t get down from.
They lived off muesli bars and a trickle of water for four nights before finally working out how to get free and on Tuesday and finding help.
They just “walked out from where we were” and soon came across a minibus of TAFE students who were on a canoeing trip.
After being looked over at Wangaratta Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, the couple told reporters they always knew they would be found and were looking forward to a shower.
Their disappearance sparked a full-scale search, involving up to 150 personnel covering several kilometres of rugged terrain.
Ms Bohan said the experience won’t deter the couple from future outdoor adventures.
Two dead after horror Sydney crash
Two women were killed in a horrific two-vehcile crash in Sydney’s southwest overnight.
A 66-year-old woman driving a sedan and her passenger, a 62-year-old woman, both died at the scene after colliding with another car on Henry Lawson Drive in Peakhurst just before 8pm on Tuesday.
Two other passengers, a woman, 62, and a man, 58, are in hospital in a stable condition.
The 20-year-old male driver of a four-wheel drive, believed to have been stolen and involved in the crash, was arrested about half an hour later.
He was picked up by police on a nearby street.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Brutal marriage advice from 1918
A pamphlet giving young women advice on marriage during the height of the suffragette movement in 1918 has left some people shocked at the ruthless instructions.
The flyer in on display at the Pontypridd Museum in Wales and has made the rounds on social media due do the strange, outdated advice.
The first suggestion on the note is a strong one, simply stating: “Do not marry at all.”
However, if this instruction cannot be followed then it suggests the type of men women should try and avoid.
“But if you must, avoid the Beauty Men, Flirts, the Bounders, Tailor’s Dummies, and the Football Enthusiasts,” the pamphlet reads.
Women are instead advices to go for “a Strong, Tame Man, a Fire-lighter, Coal-getter, Window Cleaner and Yard Swiller”.
Readers are then told that men “need taming” and they shouldn’t expect too much as most are “lazy, selfish, thoughtless, lying, drunken and rough”.
The pamphlet advices that all you have to do to make a man happy is to feed him.
“The same remark applies to dogs,” it reads.
The note finishes off by saying that the whole ordeal of marriage “isn’t worth the risk”.
Pro-coal MPs slapped down by colleagues
An internal coalition push for the government to invest in a coal-fired power station is running out of steam after government MPs reignited a damaging energy debate.
Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and six Nationals colleagues have demanded the Commonwealth fund a coal project in Queensland.
But Liberal backbenchers and senior Nationals rejected the push, slapping down suggestions it is the best way to reduce power prices and improve reliability.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the government’s program to underwrite new generation had received 66 submissions covering a range of technologies including gas and hydro, as well as 10 coal projects.
“The program does not seek to pick any particular firmed generation over another — consistent with the recommendation of the ACCC,” he told AAP.
“The PM has made it clear the government will only support projects that are viable.”
He said the government was carefully considering all proposals, with the preference for projects which reduce prices, improve reliability and meet Australia’s international obligations.
Moderate Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman didn’t mince words, savaging calls for government investment in new coal generation.
“It is bad policy. I don’t think we should be in the business of building or funding or operating coal-fired power stations at a federal level,” he told the ABC.
“On the political front I say to my colleagues we are five minutes to midnight from an election and now is not the time for policy adventurism.”
Pell to be sentenced over sexual abuse
Disgraced cardinal George Pell is set to be sentenced in Melbourne’s County Court after being found guilty of sexually abusing two choir boys 1996.
The 77-year-old has reportedly been told to expect “significant” jail time, with Chief Judge Peter Kidd handing down the sentence today.
The sentencing comes three months after Pell was found guilty of rally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick’s Cathedral after a Sunday mass.
He is the highest ranking Catholic to be convicted of child sexual abuse and has already spent two weeks behind bars waiting for the sentencing.
Due to the huge public interest, the judge will permit a camera in court to broadcast his remarks live globally.
Pell was convicted in December of one charge of sexually penetrating a child and four of committing indecent acts with a child. Each offence carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence.
Pell maintains his innocence and intends to challenge the conviction in the Court of Appeal, which will be heard in June.