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High Court Challenge to same sex marriage postal vote continues today

The High Court will hear the government’s defence of the same-sex postal survey when the hearing resumes this morning.

The Coalition is hoping for a quick resolution to the two challenges, before ballots are mailed out to the public from next week.

Marriage equality advocates trying to stop the postal vote say the government does not have the legal authority to allocate the $122 million needed to run the survey as they didn’t receive parliamentary approval.

The Turnbull Government is planning on funding the survey using the Appropriation Act, as the expenditure is “urgent” and “unforeseen”.

The Appropriation Act allows Finance Minister Mathias Cormann to issue funds without receiving parliamentary approval.

However, Marriage equality advocates say there was no urgent need for the postal vote, and that the situation was not unforeseen.

The other issue advocates are arguing is the legality of involving the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Electoral Commission in conducting the survey.

 

 

Gold Coast Skyline Surfers Paradise

WATCH: Open House to unlock 40 iconic Gold Coast buildings

The third Gold Coast Open House is set to be bigger than ever before, with 40 buildings, places and spaces set to unlock their doors to the public on Saturday November 4.

They include Commonwealth Games venues, heritage gems, inspiration homes, television and radio studios, architecturally significant buildings, schools, universities, churches and workplaces.

Co-Chair of the Open House Committee, Greg Ewart, told myGC the event is a chance to get a behind-the-scenes tour of places not typically available for public access.

“We are all secretly curious about the buildings we drive past and walk past everyday that form our city,” he said. “This is your chance to get into those buildings and see the history and hear some of their stories.”

Watch the video below to find out what buildings will be opening their doors this year:

With so many spaces open this year, Mr Ewart said locals will need to plan ahead.

“You won’t be able to get around all 40 buildings on the day, so you have to pick the ones you are most attracted to and set a timetable for yourself to get through them.”

Gold Coast Open House is also seeking expressions of interest from volunteers to work at the event. For more information, visit: goldcoastopenhouse.com.au

Prince William & Princess Kate

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge expecting 3rd child

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced they are expecting their third child.

A statement released by Kensington Palace on Monday (UK time) said the Queen and members of both William and Kate’s families were “delighted with the news”.

The statement also revealed that Kate is once again suffering with acute morning sickness, which forced her to cancel a planned public engagement she had in London.

“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today. The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace,” the statement read.

The couple are already parents to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

Their third child will become fifth in line to the British throne, meaning Prince Harry will be knocked down to sixth place.

Parliament House

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce facing increased pressure to stand aside

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is facing increased pressure to stand aside amid the dual citizenship fiasco.

Labor is threatening to attempt to delay all votes in the lower house until he steps down from cabinet.

Mr Joyce has been referred to the High Court to test whether his New Zealand citizenship by descent disqualifies him from sitting in parliament under section 44 of the constitution.

The court has scheduled three days in October to hear Mr Joyce’s case and those of at least six other federal politicians.

Labor frontbencher Richard Marles told Sky News that while Labor regarded it as a “no-brainer” that he should stand aside, it was ultimately up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“The fact that they have a different set of now applying to Barnaby Joyce, presumably because he is the deputy prime minister and in the House of Representatives, speaks to how completely inconsistent they’ve been on this, but it also speaks for the total lack of authority that the prime minister has in trying to deal with this situation in any normal and sensible way,” Mr Marles said.

Missing mother and son last seen on the Gold Coast three weeks ago

POLICE are seeking help from the public to find a Brisbane woman and her seven-year-old son who remain missing, three weeks after they were last seen on the Gold Coast.

The 40-year-old woman (pictured below) suffers from a medical condition and was last seen with her son in Coolangatta on Wednesday, August 9, police say.

Investigators believe the woman and child may still be in the “southeast Queensland area”.

The woman is described as being Caucasian in appearance and 175cm tall with black hair with a dyed red fringe.

Police have not provided a photo or description of the child.

Anyone who may know where the woman and child are is urged to call Policelink on 131 444.