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Australia is set to vote in November on whether or not to allow members of the LGBTQ community the right to same-sex marriage.

The Government is preparing to hold a postal vote to assess the opinion of the Australian public on the issue.

Voting in the postal method would be non-compulsory.

Parliamentary support for a compulsory national ballot will be attempted, but if it fails as is expected, then the postal method will be utilised. 

It is not expected that the government will win support for a compulsory ballot. 

In that case, the postal voting ballots will start being received by voters in September, with the count being held on November 25. 

'My prediction, and it's only a prediction, is that in the plebiscite, which ever of the two forms it take, more people will vote yes than no,' Australian Attorney-General George Brandis told Australia's ABC



A 28-year-old man from Cork has died in Australia after falling "from a height."

According to The Irish Times, Kristian Crowley, who has been living in Melbourne since 2012, suffered head injuries after his fall and was rushed to hospital.

He later died from his injuries in Alfred Hospital on July 16.

Friends of Kristian, who is originally from Ballygarvan, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring Kristian's body home and pay for medical costs.

They have already raised AUS$33,970 out of their AUS$35k target.

Mr Crowley was a massive GAA fan, and Ballygarvan GAA posted a lovely message on his Facebook wall.

“Ballygarvan GAA would like to offer our sympathy to the Crowley Family on the sad passing of Kristian in Australia. Kristin was a brilliant under-age play with Ballygarvan and his loss is devastating.

"To his Mom, Dad, Leon and Karla, we offer our deepest condolences.”

Meanwhile, his friends said that he was “the salt of the earth and as generous as they come, wore his heart on his sleeve and loved life.”



Australia is set to abolish the 457 Temporary Work visa.

Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement earlier this morning, saying that the visas can no longer be “passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians”.

"We are an immigration nation but, the fact remains, Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs," he told the public in a video posted to Facebook. 

"So we’re abolishing the 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country."

The visas are used to bring skilled workers into the country, often with sponsorship from their employer.

As of 2015, 23,205 Irish citizens were in Australia on temporary visas, according to Newstalk.

The 457 will be replaced by a new form of temporary visa with tighter restrictions.

This includes reducing the list of occupations that qualify for the visa down from more than 200 jobs.

A higher English language level will also be among the new requirements.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!



A teenage girl has died today after being attacked by a shark approximately three kilometres east of Wylie Bay in Western Australia.

According to reports emerging from media outlets around the world, the 17-year-old had been surfing with her father at the Kelp Beds when the attack occurred.

It is understood the teen was rushed to hospital in Esperance in a critical condition, and reports emerging from the area confirm that the teen's leg was badly mauled during the attack.

Tragically, the teen, who lost a substantial amount of blood, later died from the injuries sustained.

The area in which the teen and her father had been surfing is known for the presence of great white sharks.



Five people have died after a chartered plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Everyone on board was killed in the crash, which was due to a "catastrophic engine failure” which occurred shortly after take-off.

The shopping centre, located close to Essendon Airport, was not yet open to the public at the time of the crash. 

“Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores that no one was even hurt,” police assistant commissioner, Stephen Leane, told the Guardian.

The pilot was Australian and all four passengers were American. 

The plane was taking the passengers on a golfing trip. 


Here, at SHEmazing! we’re fond of a glass of bubbly. From soirees, to weddings, parties, and festivities – toasting the occasion with bubbles makes it all the more special.

However, there is no doubt that in terms of quality, what’s out there is a decidedly mixed bag.

No fizz; weird after-taste; lacking in flavour… we’ve ALL had a dodgy glass (or two) of prosecco or cava (and quite possibly lived to regret it afterwards).

And the stuff that’s actually nice tends to be crazy expensive.

Yes, our quest to source the perfect affordable bubbly continues apace… and now we may have found something that’s pretty close: it’s from Australia, it’s extra dry, it’s full of fizz… and it’s just delightful (we had to sample for research purposes, natch).

Enter McGuigan frizzante. In short, if you like prosecco – you are going to LOVE McGuigan frizzante.

McGuigan has also been named International Winemaker Of The Year a record-breaking four times (a world-first), so you know you’re getting a really quality bottle.

Better still, and while this frizzante is usually priced at a wholly-reasonable €15 in Supervalu and Centra stores nationwide, at the moment it’s on special offer for just €10, which is a pretty ah-maze-ing way to say “Oh hello there, Friday.”


You can also buy McGuigan frizzante online from winesoftheworld.ie in both a standard 750ml bottle size and a snipe (200ml).


Today is Australia Day, and what better way to mark it than by looking back at some of the hottest Aussies ever to grace our screens?

Home and Away is somewhat of a TV institution in Ireland, mainly thanks to its tanned, toned stars.

Growing up, we harboured massive crushes on the gorgeous surfer dudes, and their six-packs didn't hurt either.

We genuinely believed there was no such thing as unattractive people Down Under…here's why:

1. Darryl 'Brax' Braxton/ Steve Peacocke

This wasn't really a teenage crush, it was more of a full-blown adult one. Bad boy Brax set many hearts a-flutter, despite his ill-advised River Boy tattoos and womanising ways.

2. Heath Braxton/ Dan Ewing

The Braxton brothers were truly a gift from the soap gods. Brax's brother Heath had the best body in the Bay and was a total heartbreaker.

4. Noah Lawson/ Beau Brady

We all swooned over Noah and his trademark spiky frosted tips back in the day. Noah and girlfriend Hayley were #couplegoals! Noah's real name, Beau Brady, was equally romantic – beautiful name for a beautiful man!

4. Vinnie Patterson/ Ryan Kwanten

Who can forget Vinnie Patterson? Handsome Vinnie attracted many ladies but eventually ended up with his true love, Leah.

Unlucky Vinnie was ripped away from Leah and baby VJ after being wrongfully convicted for fraud, and languished in prison before a faked death and a spell in witness protection. He reappeared as a bear (yes, really), before dying for real.

Phew! Did we mention he had cancer, also? Poor Vinnie!

5. Nick Smith/ Chris Egan

Nick looked very sweet and innocent with his blonde hair and blue eyes, but he was far from it!

Nick romanced Jade Sutherland until Hollywood fame came calling for him, and he quickly dropped poor Jade for the bright lights of LA. Harsh!

6. Robbie Hunter/ Jason Smith

Robbie didn't enjoy the same heart-throb status as some of the other hunks, but there was something very adorable about him. We loved his geeky glasses!

His devotion to girlfriend Tasha was certainly admirable, even helping her escape a crazy cult.

7. Kim Hyde/ Chris Hemsworth

Kim was frequently seen with his shirt off during his time in Summer Bay. It didn't do actor Chris Hemsworth's career any harm, though; he's gone on to star in Thor and several big movies. Those Hemsworth genes should be bottled…

8. Scott Irwin/ Heath Ledger

Scott enjoyed a brief fling with Sally Fletcher before being expelled for stealing an exam paper.

Heath was arguably one of the best actors to come out of the soap and enjoyed Hollywood success before his tragic death.

Let us know if we've missed your favourite hottie! Happy Australia Day!



An Irish woman, believed to be in her twenties, is in a critical condition following a plane crash near Agnes Water, in Queensland, Australia today.

According to emerging reports, the Irish national was travelling with three other individuals when their light aircraft came down at approximately 11am on Tuesday.

It is understood that the four individuals on board were taking a day trip to Middle Island when the crash occurred.

62-year-old pilot Less Woodall has also been taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries, while a 13-year-old boy is being treated for minor injuries.

Reports have confirmed that the crash killed a British woman in her twenties, but authorities are still in the process of officially identifying her.

Commenting on developments, Queensland police acting inspector, Jane Healy, told ABC News: "Because of the location and communications, it's difficult to ascertain who the deceased was. We're still getting an ID on that."

It has been confirmed that police will be working closely with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to investigate the tragic incident.



While upping sticks and moving abroad is one of the most exciting things you can do in your youth, it's also pretty damn costly.

Long-haul flights, travel insurance and working visas don't come cheap, so if you're planning a big move but still figuring out throw to stretch your dosh in preparation, you'll be pleased to know Tourism Australia have just made life much simpler for aspiring travellers.

Joining forces with a number of travel companies including USIT, the company is encouraging young people aged between 18 and 30 to take part in their Working Holiday Makers programme.

And that programme includes one very appealing 'all-in' package for just €999 which boasts a one-way flight to Sydney or Australia and a one-year Working Holiday Visa.

In addition to this, applicants will also be provided with a bank account, tax file number, one year’s travel insurance for Australia and New Zealand and one year’s job access.

"Youth travel is a price sensitive market and we’ve been very mindful of that fact as we’ve gone about developing partnerships for this campaign," said John O'Sullivan of Tourism Australia.

“This is the most comprehensive package of youth focused travel offers we’ve ever had in market at one time."

"Our Working Holiday Maker program provides the perfect launch-pad for a life-changing year, maybe even two, combining travel with temporary work," he added.

It is estimated approximately 5,000 Irish citizens, who meet the criteria, will avail of the WHM visa this year.



Police in Australia have offered a $1 million reward to those with information which could lead to the return of missing toddler William Tyrrell.

According to The Guardian, police at the head of the investigation into the child’s disappearance have said it is “unacceptable” that his family have not yet received answers in the two years since his disappearance.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin – the leader of a 14 man team named Strike Force Rosann which is investigating the case – announced today that a $1 million reward is on offer to anyone in possession of information which would lead to William’s recovery.

The offer is the largest ever made in the history of New South Wales and applies whether the child is found alive or dead.

According to the Brisbane Times, detectives have received information about 600 persons of interest since the toddler first went missing.  200 of those have yet to be fully identified.

ABC added that there has been over 1,000 possible sightings of William reported over the same period.

William was just three years old when he disappeared from his grandmother’s yard while wearing a Spiderman costume on the morning of September 12 2014. 

At the time of his disappearance his mother was inside the house making a cup of tea.

Once the initial investigations into his disappearance were complete, it became clear that foul play was involved but two years on the boy – who would have turned five in June – remains unfound.

The case’s lead investigator has promised William’s family that his team will do “everything possible” to bring the boy home. 

He also dismissed any suggestion that members of the family may have been involved in William’s disappearance.

Jubelin today encouraged the public only to alert authorities with legitimate information. 

He said tip-offs gained through the use of “clairvoyants or dreams” are not of interest but guaranteed the safety of those who do choose to come forward.

Feat image: nbnnews.com.au



A 21-year-old backpacker has been killed in a brutal attack at a hostel in Queensland. 

Mia Ayliffe-Chung – known to her friends as Mimi – studied psychology and childcare at college and following the completion of her studies earlier this year, had been travelling around Australia.

She was killed yesterday in a frenzied knife-attack at Shelley's Backpackers. Carried out by a 29-year-old Frenchman, he seemingly shouted "Allahu akbar" as he repeatedly stabbed the young woman. 

Australian police are calling the incident "senseless" but have also confirmed that they are investigating whether the attack was motivated by Islamic extremism. 

"We don’t have a motive yet," telegraph.co.uk quotes superintendent Ray Rohweder.

"Police were confronted with a terrible scene when they arrived. There were up to 30 people who witnessed the incident."

The violent outburst took place at a hostel in Home Hill, a quiet coastal town 60 miles south of Townsville.

A dog was furthermore killed, while a 30-year-old Briton was injured trying to protect Mia. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

A local resident named as Ray told The ABC that he heard "blood curdling screams," on Tuesday night.

"I’ll never forget the screaming – I’ve never heard that before in my life. It’s terrible," he said.

"A sleepy little town like this, you don’t expect things like that to happen."

According to her Facebook page, Ms Ayliffe-Chung hailed from Derbyshire and went to school at Ecclesbourne School and Anthony Gell School in Derbyshire. She then went on to study  at Buxton and Leek College, and Chesterfield College.

Local media in Queensland say that Mia travelled north from Surfers Paradise ten days ago to work in a rural area to extend her Australian visa.

Her friends and family have been heart-wrenching messages to her on social media. 

A heart-breaking message left by a mother whose child is also currently travelling read: "RIP.. and love to your family and friends – my son is travelling nearby in Aus living the dream as you were… You were brave enough to spread your wings… good on you."


For most people a little grass snake would be enough to send them running, but Australian woman Trina Hibberd is not most people.

On Monday, Queensland-based Trina took to Facebook to share her terrifying run-in with a 16-foot-long python who had slithered into her house in the early hours of the morning.

In a video captioned “Holy s**t!!!! Monty visits at 4.30am today”, Trina shows how the giant snake had wrapped itself around her door, hat stand, painting and wall.

The short clip opens with a surprisingly calm Trina saying: “We’ve got a visitor and it’s f***ing huge.”

And she’s not lying.

An accompanying picture shows part of the massive snake draped across the iron bed head in her guest room – and he's too big to fit completely into the image.

How Trina stuck around long enough to film the python is beyond us, but thankfully both she and the snake are okay.