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Published: 07:35 EST, 7 December 2017 | Updated: 10:38 EST, 7 Decemb..

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By Ekin Karasin For Mailonline

Published: 07:35 EST, 7 December 2017 | Updated: 10:38 EST, 7 December 2017

They were the third and fourth stars to be evicted from the I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here this week.

And Rebekah Vardy and Vanessa White seemed glad to be returning to a life of luxury, as they treated themselves to a shopping trip and catch-up over lunch on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

Beaming WAG Rebekah, 35, seemed to be in great spirits as she stepped out after defending her claims that former campmate Iain Lee – who has depression – is 'fake' and 'playing the 'sympathy card' with voters.

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Glad to be out? Rebekah Vardy and Vanessa White  treated themselves to a shopping trip and a catch-up over lunch on the Gold Coast on Wednesday after their exit from I'm A Celebrity

Glad to be out? Rebekah Vardy and Vanessa White treated themselves to a shopping trip and a catch-up over lunch on the Gold Coast on Wednesday after their exit from I'm A Celebrity

Rebekah showed off her whopping one-stone weight loss in the jungle with a chic monochrome printed playsuit.

No doubt keen for a spot of sunbathing later in the day, she layered a yellow halterneck bikini underneath and accessorised with pink studded sandals.

Sweeping her glossy dark tresses into a tousled topknot, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy appeared to go make-up free.

Shielding her eyes from the blistering Australian sunshine, the brunette beauty boasted a deep tan from weeks spent in the jungle.

Ladies who lunch! The pair appeared to be having a whale of a time as they chatted and laughed away at a restaurant Ladies who lunch! The pair appeared to be having a whale of a time as they chatted and laughed away at a restaurant 

Ladies who lunch! The pair appeared to be having a whale of a time as they chatted and laughed away at a restaurant

Looking good: Rebekah showed off her whopping one-stone weight loss in the jungle with a chic monochrome printed playsuitLooking good: Rebekah showed off her whopping one-stone weight loss in the jungle with a chic monochrome printed playsuit

Looking good: Rebekah showed off her whopping one-stone weight loss in the jungle with a chic monochrome printed playsuit

Beach babe: No doubt keen for a spot of sunbathing later in the day, she layered a yellow halterneck bikini underneath and accessorised with pink studded sandalsBeach babe: No doubt keen for a spot of sunbathing later in the day, she layered a yellow halterneck bikini underneath and accessorised with pink studded sandals

Beach babe: No doubt keen for a spot of sunbathing later in the day, she layered a yellow halterneck bikini underneath and accessorised with pink studded sandals

Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her tanned and toned limbs in a pair of frayed acid-wash denim hotpants.

She teamed the statement garment with some blue suede flatform trainers and offset her complexion with a white plunging swimsuit.

Accessorising with a chic tan leather Gucci crossbody bag, the Saturdays singer added some gold round-eye shades.

Legs for days: Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her tanned and toned limbs in a pair of frayed acid-wash denim hotpantsLegs for days: Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her tanned and toned limbs in a pair of frayed acid-wash denim hotpantsLegs for days: Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her tanned and toned limbs in a pair of frayed acid-wash denim hotpantsLegs for days: Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her tanned and toned limbs in a pair of frayed acid-wash denim hotpants

Legs for days: Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her tanned and toned limbs in a pair of frayed acid-wash denim hotpants

Killer accessories: She teamed the statement garment with some blue suede flatform trainers and offset her complexion with a white plunging swimsuit Killer accessories: She teamed the statement garment with some blue suede flatform trainers and offset her complexion with a white plunging swimsuit 

Killer accessories: She teamed the statement garment with some blue suede flatform trainers and offset her complexion with a white plunging swimsuit

Taking centre-stage: Accessorising with a chic tan leather Gucci crossbody bag, the Saturdays singer added some gold round-eye shadesTaking centre-stage: Accessorising with a chic tan leather Gucci crossbody bag, the Saturdays singer added some gold round-eye shades

Taking centre-stage: Accessorising with a chic tan leather Gucci crossbody bag, the Saturdays singer added some gold round-eye shades

Indulging in some retail therapy: The gal pals looked chirpy as they headed into a clothing shop Indulging in some retail therapy: The gal pals looked chirpy as they headed into a clothing shop 

Indulging in some retail therapy: The gal pals looked chirpy as they headed into a clothing shop

It comes after Rebekah has defended herself after claiming Iain Lee, who suffers from depression, is 'playing the sympathy card' on I'm A Celebrity.

She was slammed by fans for her comments, but said on Tuesday's Good Morning Britain she had been 'under pressure' during the live interview after her elimination, and her words were 'taken out of context'.

However, fans have since called for the WAG to be axed from her ambassador role at anti-bullying charity Young Minds UK – reasoning she has 'no understanding' of mental health.

They're out: The ladies were the third and fourth stars to be evicted from the I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here this weekThey're out: The ladies were the third and fourth stars to be evicted from the I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here this week

They're out: The ladies were the third and fourth stars to be evicted from the I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here this week

Intense chat: The pair seemed to be enjoying an in depth conversation during the sun-soaked outingIntense chat: The pair seemed to be enjoying an in depth conversation during the sun-soaked outingIntense chat: The pair seemed to be enjoying an in depth conversation during the sun-soaked outingIntense chat: The pair seemed to be enjoying an in depth conversation during the sun-soaked outing

Intense chat: The pair seemed to be enjoying an in depth conversation during the sun-soaked outing

To be a fly on the wall: The duo happily tucked into some deserts at the eatery, where they were joined by Vanessa's PR friend Mikey AbegundeTo be a fly on the wall: The duo happily tucked into some deserts at the eatery, where they were joined by Vanessa's PR friend Mikey Abegunde

To be a fly on the wall: The duo happily tucked into some deserts at the eatery, where they were joined by Vanessa's PR friend Mikey Abegunde

Yum: Mother-of-three Rebekah seemed to be relishing her desert which no doubt comes as a welcome change to the rice and beans she was eating in the jungle Yum: Mother-of-three Rebekah seemed to be relishing her desert which no doubt comes as a welcome change to the rice and beans she was eating in the jungle 

Yum: Mother-of-three Rebekah seemed to be relishing her desert which no doubt comes as a welcome change to the rice and beans she was eating in the jungle

'Loving life': Rebekah shared a sweet snap of the trio on her Instagram and captioned it 'besties''Loving life': Rebekah shared a sweet snap of the trio on her Instagram and captioned it 'besties'

'Loving life': Rebekah shared a sweet snap of the trio on her Instagram and captioned it 'besties'

Becky was accused of bullying during her time in the celebrity jungle, after she branded Iain as 'fake' and hungry for the limelight.

Addressing the issue on Tuesday after her elimination, Becky explained to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that her words had been 'taken out of context', and that she and Iain had bonded over their mutual mental health struggles.

She said: 'I was under pressure when I made that comment and it was slightly taken out of context.'

Standing her ground: Rebekah's outing comes after she defended herself for 'bullying' Iain Lee, who suffers from depression,  on I'm A CelebrityStanding her ground: Rebekah's outing comes after she defended herself for 'bullying' Iain Lee, who suffers from depression,  on I'm A Celebrity

Standing her ground: Rebekah's outing comes after she defended herself for 'bullying' Iain Lee, who suffers from depression, on I'm A Celebrity

Accused: Becky had said Iain (above), who has been open about his mental health battles, was playing a game and using 'the sympathy card' to progress further in the competition Accused: Becky had said Iain (above), who has been open about his mental health battles, was playing a game and using 'the sympathy card' to progress further in the competition 

Accused: Becky had said Iain (above), who has been open about his mental health battles, was playing a game and using 'the sympathy card' to progress further in the competition

Honest: Both Iain and Becky have been honest about their mental health struggles - with Iain discussing his depression, and Becky revealing she attempted suicide aged 14Honest: Both Iain and Becky have been honest about their mental health struggles - with Iain discussing his depression, and Becky revealing she attempted suicide aged 14

Honest: Both Iain and Becky have been honest about their mental health struggles – with Iain discussing his depression, and Becky revealing she attempted suicide aged 14

'We had some lovely conversations about our past… we actually presented him something to celebrate his courage after a trial. A special homemade medal, it was a hard as nails medal.'

Both Iain and Becky have been honest about their mental health struggles in the jungle – with Iain discussing his depression, and Becky revealing she attempted suicide aged 14.

However the radio host expressed his desire to be eliminated last week – but soon received immunity from the vote off, meaning he would not leave camp for at least 24 hours.

Good spirits: Vanessa was the fourth female star to leave the I'm A Celebrity jungle after enduring 19 gruelling days in the outback Good spirits: Vanessa was the fourth female star to leave the I'm A Celebrity jungle after enduring 19 gruelling days in the outback 

Good spirits: Vanessa was the fourth female star to leave the I'm A Celebrity jungle after enduring 19 gruelling days in the outback

Staying positive: Appearing in high spirits despite her exit, the former Saturdays star told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she'd had the 'time of her life' on the showStaying positive: Appearing in high spirits despite her exit, the former Saturdays star told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she'd had the 'time of her life' on the showStaying positive: Appearing in high spirits despite her exit, the former Saturdays star told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she'd had the 'time of her life' on the showStaying positive: Appearing in high spirits despite her exit, the former Saturdays star told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she'd had the 'time of her life' on the show

Staying positive: Appearing in high spirits despite her exit, the former Saturdays star told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she'd had the 'time of her life' on the show

Proud: The beauty told the presenting pair: 'I had the time of my life in there. I don't think you can ever really know what to expect until you're in there. You can't explain it'Proud: The beauty told the presenting pair: 'I had the time of my life in there. I don't think you can ever really know what to expect until you're in there. You can't explain it'

Proud: The beauty told the presenting pair: 'I had the time of my life in there. I don't think you can ever really know what to expect until you're in there. You can't explain it'

Meanwhile, Vanessa, who endured a 19 gruelling days in camp filled with critter-infested trials, was the fourth celebrity to be evicted.

Appearing in high spirits despite her exit, the former Saturdays star told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she'd had the 'time of her life' on the show, as viewers saw her open up about her split from ex-boyfriend of six years Gary Salter.

The beauty told the presenting pair: 'I had the time of my life in there. I don't think you can ever really know what to expect until you're in there. You can't explain it.'

Content: Insisting she was ready to leave, Vanessa claimed she had left camp after having the 'best day' that saw her become the Prime Minister of camp for the day, before enjoying a night in the Jungle Arms pub with her campmates for a fun-filled evening of karaokeContent: Insisting she was ready to leave, Vanessa claimed she had left camp after having the 'best day' that saw her become the Prime Minister of camp for the day, before enjoying a night in the Jungle Arms pub with her campmates for a fun-filled evening of karaoke

Content: Insisting she was ready to leave, Vanessa claimed she had left camp after having the 'best day' that saw her become the Prime Minister of camp for the day, before enjoying a night in the Jungle Arms pub with her campmates for a fun-filled evening of karaoke

Good times: She said: 'I had the best time, yesterday was my best day and I was PM for a day! It was the perfect way to end'Good times: She said: 'I had the best time, yesterday was my best day and I was PM for a day! It was the perfect way to end'

Good times: She said: 'I had the best time, yesterday was my best day and I was PM for a day! It was the perfect way to end'

Thick as thieves: Asked who she is going to miss the most from her time in camp, Vanessa said: 'Literally everyone! We've already decided we're going to have a WhatsApp group, we've made arrangements to go out!'Thick as thieves: Asked who she is going to miss the most from her time in camp, Vanessa said: 'Literally everyone! We've already decided we're going to have a WhatsApp group, we've made arrangements to go out!'

Thick as thieves: Asked who she is going to miss the most from her time in camp, Vanessa said: 'Literally everyone! We've already decided we're going to have a WhatsApp group, we've made arrangements to go out!'

Insisting she was ready to leave, Vanessa claimed she had left camp after having the 'best day' that saw her become the Prime Minister of camp for the day, before enjoying a night in the Jungle Arms pub with her campmates for a fun-filled evening of karaoke.

She said: 'I had the best time, yesterday was my best day and I was PM for a day! It was the perfect way to end, we had a great fish and chip lunch and then we had pizza and chips at the Jungle Arms.'

Asked who she is going to miss the most from her time in camp, Vanessa said: 'Literally everyone! We've already decided we're going to have a WhatsApp group, we've made arrangements to go out!'

True to her word: And Vanessa stuck to her claims, appearing inseparable from Rebekah as they eased themselves back into the real world True to her word: And Vanessa stuck to her claims, appearing inseparable from Rebekah as they eased themselves back into the real world 

True to her word: And Vanessa stuck to her claims, appearing inseparable from Rebekah as they eased themselves back into the real world

 Two peas in a pod: The pair seemed to be relishing the sunshine as they headed back to their hotel after the relaxed day out Two peas in a pod: The pair seemed to be relishing the sunshine as they headed back to their hotel after the relaxed day out

Two peas in a pod: The pair seemed to be relishing the sunshine as they headed back to their hotel after the relaxed day out

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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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