Brekky Wrap: Woolies Cuts Single-Use Plastic Bags And The Dreamworld Hearing Continues
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
One of the operators managing the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld the day four people were killed was trained that morning, a court has heard. Courtney Williams had been trained on how to operate the ride on the same day the lives of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low were lost in 2016. Working with her was more senior operator Peter Nemeth who testified that he was surprised to learn there was an emergency stop button for the ride. He said if he had known about the button he would have been able to stop the conveyor belt in two seconds. The inquiry continues on Wednesday.
Woolworths supermarkets across the country will stop using plastic bags from Wednesday, which is 10 days earlier than initially planned. Shoppers at Wooloworths, BWS, Metro and petrol stations will now be required to bring their own bags to do the shopping or purchase reusable bags for 15 cents or tougher canvas bags for 99 cents. Coles will cut single-use plastic bags from July 1 which coincides with legislation coming into effect in Queensland, Victoria and WA to ban the bag. South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Northern Territory already have legislation against the plastic bags and NSW is the only state without law banning their use, however supermarkets have withdrawn bags voluntarily in the state.
The government has ordered a Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into the sexual harassment in the workplace. The inquiry will be lead by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins and will look into the causes of sexual harassment in the workplace and offer employers recommendations on how to make their business a safe place to work. The inquiry will run for 12 months and cost $900,000.
An Australian man has been arrested by Thai police for allegedly promoting sex cruises with prostitutes on Facebook. Authorities said 49-year-old Stephen Allan Carpenter was arrested on Monday night in the province of Saraburi. Police sought his arrest after one officer posed as a customer and made a payment for one of the cruises which usually cost between about $1,200 and $1,500. Carpenter has been charged with procuring women for prostitution, posting pornographic material online, overstaying his visa, and working illegally as a tour guide.
The Mexican government has called Donald Trump's policy of separating children from their families at the U.S.- Mexico border "cruel and inhumane". Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray told media on Tuesday that while his country doesn't promote illegal immigration, it cannot support a policy that is a clear violation of human rights. All living former-First Ladies and Melania Trump herself have spoken out against the policy however, Trump refuses to budge on his 'zero tolerance' stance on immigration.
The English cricket team have set a new world record in the one day international series against Australia. Playing at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Tuesday, the Brits scored 481-6 in an innings that all but demolished Australian hopes of a come back to claim the series win. The previous record, 444-3, was also set by England on the same ground two years ago against Pakistan.
The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby girl Buckingham Palace has announced. The new arrival is the second for Zara and her husband Mike who are already parents to four-year-old Mia. "The baby's name will be confirmed in due course" a statement from the palace said.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have joined the Queen and attended the opening day at Royal Ascot. It's the first time Meghan has attended the event, which began back in 1768. She wore a a black and white Givenchy dress, the same label she wore on her wedding day just over a month ago.
And MasterChef's Sashi has made history after being awarded his second immunity pin. He is the first ever contestant to hold two of the coveted items at the same time. Facing off against former Vue de Monde executive chef Andy Harmer, he chose lamb and peas as ingredients to hero in his dish. It seemed the spiced rubbed lamb using cumin, coriander and chilli alongside a pea puree was just what he needed to impress the judges. Now with two extra life-lines in the competition, Sashi really is one to watch. Read more about last night's MasterChef episode here.
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