MP in hot water
A political leader broke down at a news conference on Tuesday as he admitted that he had sniffed the chair of a female colleague, local media reported. The confession came from the leader of the conservative Liberal Party in Western Australia, Troy Buswell, who has previously owned up to snapping the bra strap of an opposition party staffer. Buswell told reporters at the televised news conference in Mandurah, south of Perth, that he would not resign his post, which puts him in line to become state premier if his party wins elections next year. But tears welled in his eyes and he choked up when asked how his family had reacted to the wide publicity given to the incident since the story became public at the weekend, the national AAP news agency said.
BASE jumpers arrested
A BASE jumper landed in trouble yesterday when he parachuted from a downtown Sydney high-rise office building into the path of a police car. Two officers on a patrol spotted the man floating to earth before he landed in front of their car at about 3am, state police said in a statement. A second jumper landed around the same time on the same street, it said. Both men, aged 27, were arrested “after a short foot chase,” the statement said. They were charged with risking public safety by abseiling, jumping or parachuting from a building or other structure. The potential maximum penalty was not immediately clear. The two Sydney residents, who were not publicly identified, were released on bail and will appear in a Sydney court on May 22 to enter a plea, police said.
Gay activists hail bill
Gay rights activists yesterday welcomed a government promise to bring in legislation giving same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples. Discrimination would be removed in laws covering taxation, pensions, healthcare and veterans’ entitlements. “The recognition of same-sex de facto couples is long overdue and will bring Australian national law into line with all Australia’s states and territories and many other Western nations,” Coalition for Equality spokesman Rodney Croome said. He said that draft legislation should also cover provisions for same-sex marriages. “It’s deeply disappointing that the government is not prepared to accept equality in marriage,” he said. Both major political parties have declared that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Photoshoot stirs up ruckus
A recent Vanity Fair photoshoot of 15-year-old TV and pop wonder Miley Cyrus, who plays in Disney TV’s Hannah Montana, has stirred up a ruckus with Disney fans. Photographer Annie Leibovitz draped her in a satin sheet, back exposed, in a pose that gives the impression she is topless. When news of the shoot broke over the weekend, it caused a hostile reaction from bloggers such as Lin Burress, a morality crusader who called on parents to burn Hannah Montana accessories. After Disney accused Vanity Fair of trying “to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,” a spokesperson said her parents were at the shoot, calling it “a relaxed family event.”
CBS star in drug scandal
Actor Gary Dourdan, who co-stars on the CBS TV hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, heroin and other drugs, police said on Tuesday. Dourdan, 41, was detained in Palm Springs, California, after he was found asleep in the driver’s seat of a parked car before dawn on Monday, a police press release said. The car had been parked on the wrong side of the street with the interior light left on. The officer found substances believed to be cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and various prescription drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia, police said. Dourdan was arrested, booked for possession of drugs and jailed for about five hours before he was released on US$5,000 bail, police said.