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Even Australia’s prime minister isn’t immune from being fined

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Politics might’ve been mad as ever in 2017, so perhaps there’s something oddly normal about a country’s leader getting what is a rather boring fine.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was issued a A$250 ticket (US$193) on Friday for not wearing a lifejacket when he was moving his dinghy near his Sydney home earlier this week.

The fine was confirmed by the New South Wales maritime authority, who are on the lookout for boaters who are breaking the law — seemingly no matter how distinguished they may be. 

The executive director for NSW Maritime, Angus Mitchell, said it was “a timely reminder during the holiday season to always wear a lifejacket.” Photos of the prime minister sans lifejacket were published in The Australian, which noted the law that had been broken. Read more…

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Donald Trump is being a total 'mean girl' to world leaders right now

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Australia is traditionally one of the United States’ besties, but it’s looking more like the Gretchen Wiener (at best) of the Regina George-ruled highschool that is the Donald Trump presidency.

A report by the Washington Post said that Trump was a total mean girl, during what was meant to be a cordial phone call with the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Trump reportedly told Turnbull that it “was the worst call by far” out of a number of conversations with world leaders, which included Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Trump also chose to end the call 25 minutes in, despite there usual one hour time window. Read more…

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