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Bunnings pulls inflatable axe-throwing Santa from shelves after it was deemed ‘inappropriate’

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Bunnings has pulled an axe-throwing Santa Claus decoration from shelves after it was deemed ‘inappropriate’ for Christmas.

Eyebrows were raised over the $129 outdoor inflatable, which features a smiling Saint Nick hurling weapons at a reindeer pinned to a rotating dartboard and looks more suitable for Halloween than the festive season.

And it seems the Australian hardware giant quickly took note of the response.

‘While we’re always looking for unique Christmas items, we decided this product wasn’t appropriate and we’ve withdrawn it from sale,’ Bunnings director of merchandise Mr Bishop told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.

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Farewell, Father Christmas! Bunnings has pulled this $129 inflatable decoration from shelves after it was deemed 'inappropriate' for the festive season

Farewell, Father Christmas! Bunnings has pulled this $129 inflatable decoration from shelves after it was deemed 'inappropriate' for the festive season

Farewell, Father Christmas! Bunnings has pulled this $129 inflatable decoration from shelves after it was deemed ‘inappropriate’ for the festive season

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Reactions to the unique fixture were mixed, with some shoppers branding it ‘peculiar’ while others praised its individuality.

At a store in Innaloo, nine kilometres from Perth CBD, a mother was overheard saying: ‘I’m horrified, but want one.’

‘It’s really cool, the target deflates after being ‘axed’ and pops back up again. There’s a few new ones in this year,’ one woman said on Facebook.

Another tagged her friend, writing: ‘Please get this for next year!’  

One customer saw the product withdrawal coming.

‘Here come the offended people demanding it be pulled from the shelves,’ he said.

In good news for those who missed out on the sadistic Saint Nick, Bunnings has plenty of other inflatable Santas engaging in a variety of activities which range from the traditional to the downright zany.

Options include Santa playing a saxophone, driving a forklift full of gifts, riding a shark and standing alone, watching the world go by.

They’re all part of Bunnings 2020 festive range which was released in August to brighten the mood amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The collection – which is only available in select stores – also includes pink reindeer, LED and fibre optic trees and giant Nutcracker soldiers that tower over a metre high.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Trump slams ‘terrible’ and ‘corrupt’ Biden family over email scandal during White House town hall

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President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden‘s campaign during a White House town hall, calling the Democrat’s family ‘corrupt’ and accusing Twitter and Facebook of engaging in ‘election interference’ by trying to censor the story.  

Trump launched his attack when he sat down with Eric Bolling in the Rose Garden for the Sinclair Broadcasting Network event which aired on Wednesday night.  

Bolling opened the discussion by asking Trump about his campaign strategy in the final days leading up to the election on November 3 – noting that the Biden camp paused events ahead of Thursday night’s debate.  

Trump referenced his busy campaign schedule before suggesting that Biden is backing away from the media to avoid questions about emails purportedly found on his son Hunter’s laptop, which could potentially implicate him in Hunter’s questionable international business dealings.  

‘I think he doesn’t want to be asked about his family because it’s corrupt. What they’ve done is corrupt. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it,’ Trump said.

President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden's campaign during a White House town hall event aired on Wednesday night

President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden's campaign during a White House town hall event aired on Wednesday night

President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden’s campaign during a White House town hall event aired on Wednesday night 

Trump suggested that Joe Biden is shying away from the media because of the email scandal surrounding his son Hunter (pictured together)

Trump suggested that Joe Biden is shying away from the media because of the email scandal surrounding his son Hunter (pictured together)

Trump suggested that Joe Biden is shying away from the media because of the email scandal surrounding his son Hunter (pictured together)

‘When you look at the laptop – we call it the “laptop from hell” – and when you look at what they’ve done as a family, where the son follows the father into these countries and they walk away with tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s ridiculous.

‘And then the press doesn’t want to cover it, big tech doesn’t want to cover it.’ 

Bolling asked: ‘Is there anything you think has been done with the Bidens, Hunter, his father, that’s illegal?’

Trump pointed to a Fox News report claiming that Joe Biden was promised 10 percent equity in a deal with a Chinese energy firm that Hunter Biden allegedly helped broker 2017. 

That report was based on an email chain purportedly found on Hunter’s laptop which sources said referred to Joe as ‘the big guy’ receiving the equity. 

‘It’s terrible, it’s terrible,’ Trump said. He also pointed to the ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ Hunter received while serving on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, saying: ‘He knows nothing about energy.’

‘It’s a corrupt enterprise, there’s no question about it,’ Trump added. 

Bolling then shifted the conversation to focus on Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of a bombshell New York Post article describing the contents of Hunter’s laptop. 

‘Do you feel Twitter and Facebook are biased in this election?’ Bolling asked. 

‘Oh, 100 percent,’ Trump replied. ‘Frankly, that’s turning out to be as big a story as the corruption itself. 

‘They’re trying to protect [Biden] because that’s the way it is with the Democrats, that’s part of the Democratic Party.’

The president accused Twitter and Facebook of engaging in censorship and election interference ‘at a level nobody’s ever seen’.

Sinclair Broadcasting Network's Eric Bolling (right) hosted the town hall in the White House Rose Garden

Sinclair Broadcasting Network's Eric Bolling (right) hosted the town hall in the White House Rose Garden

Sinclair Broadcasting Network’s Eric Bolling (right) hosted the town hall in the White House Rose Garden

A significant portion of the hour-long discussion focused around the coronavirus pandemic, as Trump was asked to clarify his views on masks and whether he would change anything about America’s response to the crisis. 

Early on, Bolling asked: ‘Why has the mask become such a political football? Would it be that bad if we just said: “You know what, open the economy, open your businesses, go to restaurants, open your stores, open your schools just wear a mask?”‘

‘I have no problem with it, I have no problem with a mask,’ Trump replied.

‘Frankly some people don’t like it, some people don’t like it scientifically. You have a lot of different views on the masks. 

‘I mean look at [Dr Anthony] Fauci, where originally he said: “Don’t wear a mask,” and then he comes out and says: ‘Wear it.” That’s okay.’

Trump has made that claim about Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, on many occasions in the past – but it’s misleading. 

Fauci did suggest in a March interview that it was not necessary for people to wear masks – prior to when the CDC made a formal facial covering recommendation in early April. 

Fauci clarified those comments in July, telling the Washington Post: ‘Back then, the critical issue was to save the masks for the people who really needed them because it was felt that there was a shortage of masks.’   

Bolling also asked Trump about the media’s fixation on his mask habits, saying: ‘There are a couple channels that make a living off of what you say and what you do with masks. Why not just take that away from them?’

Trump replied: ‘Well, I have done that, I said, wear a mask, socially distance, and all of those things, and people are going to do what they want to do. 

‘You know, when you see my rallies, a lot of those people are actually wearing masks. And they’re outdoor rallies, which is very important. No, to me it’s not a big issue, I say wear it, it’s okay, I have no problem with it.’ 

Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus on October 5

Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus on October 5

Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus on October 5 

At another point in the town hall Bolling probed Trump more generally about the pandemic, asking: ‘Is there anything that you think you could have done differently, if you had a do-over on one aspect of the way you handled it, what would it be?’ 

‘Not much,’ Trump responded.

‘Look, it’s all over the world. You have a lot of great leaders, a lot of smart people. It’s all over the world. It came out of China. China should have stopped it,’ he added.  

Trump’s immediate response did not account for the rising coronavirus infections across the country, including in the Midwest and other reasons, or the nation continuing to lead in the death toll. 

Public health officials have pointed to a lack of social distancing, continued gatherings, reopenings despite high positivity test rates, and people’s refusal to embrace mask wearing and other steps. 

With more than eight million cases, the US continues to lead the world, and is far ahead of other wealthy countries with advanced health systems. India, population 1.3 billion, is in second place and on an upward trajectory.

Later in the town hall Trump asserted that the only reason the US has most cases out of any country is because of testing. 

Trump has often said that the US does more testing than any other country, contradicting public health data.  

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The president regularly touts a travel ban he instituted on flights from China, but his administration faced criticism in the spring for severe shortages of protective equipment and testing capacity. 

Trump himself was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but he told Bolling: ‘I feel great, I feel really good, I had it, I recovered.’ 

He added that his wife Melania and son Barron are also doing well after they tested positive the same time he did. 

He used 14-year-old Barron’s quick recovery as evidence that the virus doesn’t pose a major threat to young people. 

Asked by an audience member if educators and students will be prioritized for vaccines, Trump quickly pivoted to say that older people are at the highest risk and need extra protection.  

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Virgin slashes flights to as low as $69 across Australia ahead of Christmas travel 

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Virgin Australia has launched a massive sale with tickets starting from as little as $69 ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The airline launched its Cheers to 20 Years Sale on Thursday with slashed prices for Australians to prepare their next getaway.

Those looking to take advantage of the cheap fares must hurry as tickets will be on sale until October 27, unless sold out prior.

The travelling dates on offer are between November 25 and March 31, 2021. 

Tickets from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) one way are on sale for only $75

Tickets from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) one way are on sale for only $75

Tickets from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) one way are on sale for only $75

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston (pictured) have also been slashed for just $79

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston (pictured) have also been slashed for just $79

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston (pictured) have also been slashed for just $79

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast for just $69 one way, or a bit further up north to Brisbane for $89.

Those wanting to stay within the state, can book tickets to Byron Bay one way for only $75. 

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide for $89, Canberra for $119 or Brisbane for $129. 

Flights to Alice Springs from Adelaide are listed for $169, but those wanting to head to Brisbane will play slightly less at $129. 

With Tasmania slowly opening up its borders, flights from Brisbane to Hobart have been slashed to $139.  

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston have also been slashed for just $79.  

The airline is also offering flights to Perth but travellers must quarantine for 14 days in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast (pictured) for just $69 one way

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast (pictured) for just $69 one way

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast (pictured) for just $69 one way

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide (pictured) for $89

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide (pictured) for $89

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide (pictured) for $89

A Virgin Australia spokesperson said that it was exciting for them to offer cheaper flights as state borders and restrictions begin to ease. 

‘With borders slowly reopening and more Australians excited to explore their own backyard, we’re making it easy for them to get to wherever they need to go, with our 20th birthday sale fares from just $69 including baggage and seat selection,’ they said. 

‘The aviation and tourism industries rely on a connected nation and we hope that borders continue to safely reopen and more Australians return to the skies.’

The sale comes just a week after Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah stepped down from his role after the airline reported $349million in losses during a turbulent year. 

Mr Scurrah will remain in office until November when the airline is taken over by US private equity firm Bain Capital, with former Jetstar boss Jayne Hrdlicka set to then fill his position.

‘I have continued to be so proud of the way my team and our entire organisation has fought to save this airline and to keep competition alive and well in Australia,’ Mr Scurrah said in a statement on October 15.

‘We have succeeded in not just ensuring the future of the company, but also reset the business to ensure it is well placed to deliver for Bain Capital for many years to come.’

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Elderly woman is charged with murdering her autistic son more than 50 years ago

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An elderly woman has been charged with the murder of her autistic son five decades after his death. 

Maureen Anne Enright, 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane‘s south west, on Wednesday evening.   

Police will allege she murdered her son Peter John Enright who went missing sometime between 1968 and 1969 when he was aged three to four years old.

Homicide Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said Peter was born on June 17, 1965 and was one of 11 children to Maureen and Michael Enright, who passed away 2018.

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane's south west, on Wednesday evening

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane's south west, on Wednesday evening

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane’s south west, on Wednesday evening

He said Peter was never reported missing but a murder investigation was launched following a tip-off to police in August.

Number 35 Polaris Street has been declared a crime scene and detectives are using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter’s remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966. 

‘Today we’ve executed a crime scene warrant on the address here and we will be conducting a forensic examination on the dwelling and the yard,’ Det Insp Hansen said on Thursday.

‘There’s a number of scientific officers here, forensic scenes of crime officers and bone experts.

‘We’re optimistic at this stage but that will be dependant on a lot of environmental factors … time and acidity of soils.’

He said Maureen had given police ‘a number of versions’ of events and all family members were being questioned about the disappearance. 

Det Insp Hansen said police had obtained records of Peter’s existence and his siblings had heard stories about him.  

‘They were aware that Peter existed and they’ve given us versions for that,’ he said.

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter's remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter's remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter’s remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

‘It’s just a shocking thing that these things can happen but processes back in the 60s were obviously very different to what they are today.

‘This is the first time I’ve come across something like this.’ 

Detectives have urged anyone who lived on Polaris Street in Inala in the 1960s and 70s to contact police if they have information.  

‘They were quite well known, some of the neighbours have been here for a long time too,’ Det Insp Hansen said. 

The grandmother appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning, where her case was adjourned for a committal mention on December 11, The Courier Mail reported. 

The frail elderly woman was accompanied by three women there to offer support and required the assistance of a corrections officer to step into the dock. 

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Police have until November 27 to tender their brief to the court and Ms Enright is not required to appear in court for the December hearing.  

Defence lawyer Jyoti Pant told reporters outside court her client would apply for bail in the Supreme Court.

‘She is frail, she is vulnerable and so understandably her family is very concerned, she’s concerned, we’re concerned,’ Ms Pant said.

‘Our primary concern at the moment is to get her out on bail and back home with her family.

‘We’ve just been provided material in relation to the charge and we’ll be going through that later today.’

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