RIP Phillip Hughes
Five thousand mourners are expected to attend Phillip Hughes’ funeral at Macksville High School today. The service starts at 2pm and Test Captain Michael Clarke will be a pallbearer. Hughes’ sister Megan, his brother Jason and Nino Ramunno will deliver the eulogy. The service will be broadcast across the country on big screens at the SCG, the Gabba, Adelaide Oval, the WACA and Federation Square.
Mother takes out classified to support her sex-changed daughter
A mother in Brisbane’s south-west took out a classified advertisement in The Courier Mail to show support for her new son. For the past 19 years, Kai Bogert was known as Elizabeth Anne, but recently informed his mother he no longer wished to live as a girl. The family noticed small signs when he was younger, but it was never discussed. Ms Bogert wanted to show she openly supported her son’s life-changing decision.
Navy recruits sexually abused
Hundreds of teenage Navy recruits at the HMAS Leeuwin training base have been subjected to violent sexual assaults and severe bullying, according to a recent report. Many of the attacks, between 1960 and 1984, went unreported and unpunished, no matter how severe they were. Several alleged attackers are now dead but the Defence Abuse Response Task Force has referred two cases to state and territory authorities.
Former ice addict speaks out about her baby troubles
A former ice addict said her baby boy being taken from her was both the worst and best thing to happen to her. Teegan Bain became addicted to crystal methamphetamine at the age of 27, and became pregnant shortly after. Her newborn was taken away by the Department of Community services, but Ms Bain thanked Kamira rehabilitation centre for changing her life, and credits the centre as the reason she got her son back. – Compiled from web sources by Lauren Yeates
Top photo from Cricket Australia’s official website.