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1. Tony Abbott’s final drinks as PM to be funded by taxpayers.
Discussions at Senate estimates, this week, have confirmed that Australian taxpayers will pick up the tab on former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s, final drinks at Parliament House.
Ongoing controversy has stemmed from a “wild party” that occurred the night of Abbott’s disposal as Prime Minister, which also caused damage to a marble table in the Prime Minister’s office.
Whilst Abbott has stated that he will cover the estimated $1,000 in damage incurred to the table, he has not offered to pay for the alcohol supplied at his party.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the former PM began the night with his official wine collection that was being stored at Parliament House during renovations at the Lodge. The wine collection is paid for by taxpayers money.
Jamie Briggs, now the Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, was brought into Parliament House by a wheelchair the day after Abbott’s removal as PM. Despite initially claiming that injuries to his ACL were caused by running, Briggs has confirmed that were sustained at Abbott’s infamous party.
However, he did deny any reports of Abbott, or any other members dancing on tables.
“Some of the reports about dancing on tables and so forth are just wrong. How the table broke I actually don’t know, I wasn’t there, I don’t have a piece of the table in my office.
“I had, at that point, limped back to my office, if I can put it that way.”
2. Drug addicts using baby changing rooms to “shoot up”.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that guards are now having to patrol baby changing rooms after an influx of ice users shooting up in shopping centres.
One mum, Lorena Ifran, who shops at the Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney, alleged that she saw “blood everywhere” in a parents’ room, supposedly after a drug addict had been in there.
She claims that she doesn’t use the changing rooms as Broadway, also after reading a number of other parents’ complaining about the conditions caused by drug use.
A spokesperson for Broadway shopping centre has confirmed that the “misuse” of parents’ room are causing ongoing issues for the centre.
“We have significantly increased our security presence in that area to mitigate the risk of such things happening, however, we have been unable to completely eliminate it,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson also confirmed that the centre is using CCTV throughout the centre, with regular security patrols occurring 24/7.
A local inspector for the area has stated that no one is “immune” to scourge of drug use, but the shopping centres have been proactive in addressing the concerns.
3. Hurricane Patricia has weakened off the Mexican coast.
At 6:15pm local time on Friday evening, Hurricane Patricia hit the Western coast of Mexico, with torrential rain and winds of up 266 kilometres per hour.
However, ABC is reporting that the category 5 storm was downgraded to a tropical storm by early Saturday morning.