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Melbourne Couple To Sue Hospital For Not Taking Gluten Allergy Seriously

  CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected] A MELBOURNE WOMAN who accidentally swallowed an appetiser containing gluten is calling for the resignation of medical staff after she was refused treatment at the Melbourne Mater Hospital overnight. Adrienne Prescott, 36, who describes herself as “seriously sensitive to gluten” - had been attending a private function when she mistakenly ate a smoked salmon canapé which may have contained...

AFP Release Sydney “Hipster” From Prison After Mistaking Him For Terrorist

9 April, 2015. 15:35 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected] After being held for six days without charge a Newtown man has been released in what amounted to a case of mistaken identity. The 25 year old Newtown barista, who cannot be named by order of the court, received a public apology from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) yesterday over being mistaken for...

Elderly Couple Still A Bit Confused About That ‘Cigarette’ They Shared At Bluesfest

31 March, 2016. 17:35 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact After having returned from their first ever Bluesfest two days ago, Bruce and Barb Houston are still puzzled as to what on earth happened on the last night of the festival. The married couple from Toowoomba, Queensland endured a peculiar "dizzy-spell" when they decided to share their first cigarette since they both quit smoking in 1992. "I...

Sydney boat cruise company takes the party into international waters

8 June, 2015. 17:10 ALEXUS COBETT | NSW | Contact A prominent Sydney cruise company is making tens of thousands of dollars a month offering a special ‘out-of-sight’ package on the outskirts of Sydney Harbour. But where are they going?  They aren't going anywhere. Just 200 nautical miles away from land, into The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area beyond and adjacent to the territorial Australian sea. The post-Martin-Place-siege tourism...

Your Grandmother Will Definitely Share This Story About A Pensioner Bashing Home Invaders

8 March, 2015. 17:10 ALEXUS COBETT | North-NSW | Contact Three men remain in hospital today after what is believed to have been a late-night home invasion gone sour in Taree on friday. The group of three to four suspected ‘junkies’ have been terrorising the streets of Taree for some time, with a string of break and enters. However it appears the serial burglars have recently...

Return Of Jumper Weather Greatly Appreciated By Nation’s Fatties

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact As the Southern hemisphere enjoys the first real frost of 2018, millions of portly, rotund, full-figured and bubbly Australians are looking forward to the cooler months ahead. Not because they prefer footy to cricket, but because they can put their crippling body image problems to sleep until November at the very latest. While the inclement weather begins to roll in over...

The 11 Worst Online Reviews Australia Has Ever Received

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact These National Parks are the postcards that Australia sells to the rest of the world. They may seem like the perfect place to visit on your next holiday. However, nearly every major national park in the country has had a handful of one-star ratings on various travel sites, ranging from trip Advisor to Yelp. You might...

Willy Moon and Natalia Kills “embarrass entire nation”; Diana-style tribute forms at NZ High Commission

17 March, 2015. 15:01 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact FLOWERS AND TRIBUTES are being left near the entrance of the New Zealand High Commission in London today as thousands of mourners stop to remember the death of British manners in Auckland this week. British-born entertainers Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been criticised internationally for their "profoundly un-British" behaviour that has...

“If you are a black diabetic that can’t read, you need to make better lifestyle choices”

11 March, 2015. 17:30 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact Tony Abbott's key Indigenous advisers have slammed his description of living in remote communities as a "lifestyle choice", saying the statement is "hopeless", "disrespectful" and simplistic. Yesterday, Mr Abbott backed a plan in Western Australia to close more than 100 remote communities and move more than 1,000 people, saying "what we can't...

Why Australia is better than the USA at killing unarmed black men

INGRID DOULTON | Professor of Women’s Issues | [email protected] Since late last year, Middle-America has revisited an uncomfortable phase of citizen unrest reminiscent of the early 1990's. Video footage and viral campaigns that highlight police brutality has had a pressure-cooker effect on many disadvantaged American communities as well as their supporters. These tensions appeared to climax in November 24, after the police officer who...

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