Weekly news wrap – Stuff you may have missed

Hatch reviews this week’s top stories

Grant Hackett meltdown

There are continuing health concerns for Former Australian Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett following his arrest at his family home on the Gold Coast after experiencing a mental breakdown. Hackett posted to social media on Wednesday after his release claiming his brother had beat him. He then went missing for several hours.

The saga has sparked conversation about the struggles athletes face after retirement with many reaching out to Hackett and his family, including Olympic Committee President John Coates and Swimming Australia.

Harrison Ford not the best pilot in the galaxy?

Harrison Ford was involved in a near miss on Monday while piloting his private aircraft in California.

After being cleared to land at John Wayne airport, Ford landed on the taxiway adjacent to the runway, where a Boeing 737 was waiting.

This follows a number of close calls in 1999, 2000 and most recently in 2015, when he crashed a WWII era trainer aircraft on a golf course, seriously injuring himself.

Star Wars fans have taken to Twitter to suggest maybe Ford isn’t as good as his on-screen persona Han Solo.

Grammys controversy

The 2017 Grammys have been dubbed racist following Monday’s award show, after a white artist once again took out Album of the Year.

Adele won the prestigious award for her album 25, beating Beyonce’s Lemonade album.

Celebrities and fans took to social media to express their outrage, after a shocked Adele dedicated her acceptance speech to Beyonce.

Many black artists, including Kanye West and Frank Ocean, boycotted the event.

But newcomer Chance the Rapper defied the odds, taking out three awards.

No deposits for first home buyers?

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has suggested banks scrap the 20 per cent deposit required for a home loan in order to ease the financial pressure for first home buyers.

Potential home owners would need a three-year rental history to forgo the deposit, which Mr Broad says is preventing people from entering the market.

He believes the idea is a step towards making housing more affordable without scrapping negative gearing.


Burning the Midnight Oil

In exciting news for fans worldwide Australian band Midnight Oil have announced the details of their upcoming world tour.

The tour will be their first in 15 years and will begin in Australia in April, before spanning over 54 countries and 4 continents and ending in Australia in November.

The band also announced the release of all their albums and EPs in “the Full Tank CD Collection”, as well as never before seen content in “the Overflow Tank” and a collection of vinyls. – Compiled from online sources by Matthew Buchanan and Tayla O’Brien

Top photo from Grant Hackett’s instagram.

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