A mother has been dubbed a “hero” after she chased two men who fled the scene of an accident using her rugby moves in a party dress, moments before she was going out.

Who needs runners? Picture: The Cairns Post

Office worker Melainna Fa’aofo heard a loud crash outside her home, then saw two men sprint past as they fled an accident scene, The Cairns Post reports.

Onya, Melainna. It’s Friday and the first working(?) week of the year’s nearly over. What’s on your mind?

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    • Sundress In Sydney says:

      07:15am | 04/01/13

      Nice shoes

    • sunny says:

      09:40am | 04/01/13

      Shoes? Or ninja-mum weapons!!

    • Sundress in Sydney says:

      10:48am | 04/01/13

      Anything that colour can’t be bad!

    • LJ Dots says:

      11:39am | 04/01/13

      Electric blue shoes with a salmon pink dress?  No No No, this will not do at all.

      Little wonder the guys ran for over 10 minutes.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:38pm | 04/01/13

      Off comment sorry… I’ve switched to Windows Internet Explorer and it seems to have fixed the problems with loading articles…

    • Tim says:

      07:19am | 04/01/13

      Did everyone see the shocking news this morning reported on TV, Radio and Online?

      “Gender Pay Gap Widens”


      “The Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s 2012 Grad Stats report reveals the average starting wage for men was $55,000, up from $52,000 previously, while the female wage remained unmoved at $50,000.”

      “The lesson here is that the gender pay gap continues to have a very real impact on the bank balance of young women starting their careers,” Dr Harris said.”

      “I’m certain that any female school leaver contemplating a career in dentistry would be outraged knowing she can expect to earn $14,000 less than a man in her first year on the job,” Dr Harris said.”

      OMG, It must be massive sexism and discrimination coming from our Patriarchal society holding these female grads back.

      But just for kicks let’s take a look at the reports mentioned for 2011-12.

      Male grads earned $55K compared to $52K for female grads in their first year.

      Yes but,
      66% of male grads were available for full time work compared to 61% of females.
      Of these, nearly 76% of both male and females were employed full time.

      ie. Males were more likely to be employed full time than women.

      When comparing the top five ranked professions by starting wage we have
      28.5% of male graduates compared to 7.6% of female graduates.

      ie. Males are doing degrees that result in higher paying jobs.

      But dentistry right? Females getting $14.5K less ZOMG SEXISMMMM!!!

      Lets look at dentistry by sector.

      Public sector dentists (governement funded) average starting wage $70-75K
      Private sector Dentists average starting wage $97K.

      I’ll let you guess where the males are employed and where the females are employed.

      But there must be sexism right, we’re told constantly about the gender pay gap?

      Hmmm, let’s look at hours worked.

      “Of the 23 fields of education examined in this report, statistically significant sex differences in average working hours were observed in 8 of them.”

      Law, Architecture and buiding - Males worked 2.6 hours per week more.
      Earth Sciences - Males worked 2.1 hours per week more.
      Economic and Business - Males worked 1.8 hours per week more.
      Phychology - Males worked 1.7 hours per week more.

      “There were even fewer statistically significant sex differences for graduates hourly rates of pay with evidence for such a difference existing for three fields of education. None of these were of note, however with the largest difference an average of $1.1/hr for males in Economics and business.”

      Yes, it’s amazing what the news reports these days, It must be a national crisis that needs multiple well funded government agencies to help these poor wimminz.

      Perhaps Tory S can do one of her world famous ICB on ridiculous feminist claims of oppression and discrimination?

      Information is all at:


    • Doc says:

      08:42am | 04/01/13

      How dare you Tim.

      How dare you use facts in a sexism case?  That just won’t do!

      “Apples are outraged because oranges are more orange”....

    • Markus says:

      08:48am | 04/01/13

      At least the news.com article, unlike a Fairfax one I found reporting on the figures, bothered to talk to someone who actually offered some insight:

      ‘Prof Meyers said some female graduates opted for more flexible working hours, which could explain the difference.
      “The qualification is identical. The only possibility is that some of the female graduates do not want a full-time job,” he said.
      “There’s also a wide variety of different employment groups within the category of dentistry. So a dental assistant for example would have a lower starting salary than a dentist.’

      Every other ‘expert’ questioned seemed to be shocked at the revelation that two people, graduating with different scores, employed by different companies in slightly different capacities, were not all earning the exact same amount of money.

      I know that I was just as shocked as they were at the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it’s been over 20 years now, at some point you just have to let it go.

    • Smidgeling says:

      09:07am | 04/01/13

      Yeah, I was about to say that- my dentist and optometrist (the biggest gaps) are both males and own their own business. They get more money because they own their own business and charge more.

    • AdamC says:

      09:28am | 04/01/13

      Sadly, the constituency for these sorts of articles simply does not care about finding reasons for the differences in starting salary. (There are many obvious ones, of course.) The simple fact that any gap exists is enough to validate feminists’ underlying assumption that women are victims of our allegedly male-dominated society. In more objective fields of endeavour, it is referred to as ‘confirmation bias’.

    • acotrel says:

      04:30pm | 04/01/13

      Misogynists have got a lot to answer for !

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      07:35am | 04/01/13

      I have e drinking problem which is causing issues in my marrigae.  My wife tells me when I don’t drink I’m quiet, reserved and inward and I don’t talk or smile much.  On the other hand when I have a few drinks at night I’m apparently open, friendly and talkative.

      My wife wants me to keep drinking :-| 

      That surely has to be a firts.

    • Mouse says:

      08:36am | 04/01/13

      WayneKerr, now that you have let the males on Punch know of your problem, I am sure you will get many offers to take the problem off your hands!  Your wife sounds like a pretty amazing woman, guard her with you life!! lol :o)

    • Aghast says:

      09:26am | 04/01/13

      careful wayne that booze affects your spelling firts

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      10:26am | 04/01/13

      yep Aghast, it seems on the punch I regularly suffer from typing dyslexia.  I cringe everytime I read one of my posts when they’re published.

    • sunny says:

      10:53am | 04/01/13

      Wayne - I advise you to stop drinking immediately and send your complete stockpile of alcohol (don’t deny you have one) to me where I will ensure it will be appropriately disposed of (although it might take several BBQs).

    • Bill Steamshovel says:

      07:57am | 04/01/13

      Funny how there was no possibility of increasing dole payments until single parents got punted onto the dole a few days ago.

    • Markus says:

      08:57am | 04/01/13

      Would not be at all surprised to see the proposed $700 million saved by the change to the parental plan be completely outweighed the increase in spending to Newstart.

      Here I was about to congratulate the government on actually making a tough, financially responsible decision.

    • Levi says:

      08:09am | 04/01/13

      Cue Bill trolling her because she plays Rugby not AFL. Haven’t heard that little prairie dog pop up for a while.

    • PJ says:

      08:11am | 04/01/13

      Well what a surprise, the Gillard Government knee jerk reaction crew and the Party driven only to get Julia Gillard re-elected, brings you a reactionary headline to give single mums $50 more dollars per week.

      A release of an article at midnight, fresh from Gillard Government Spin Control Canberra informs us:

      “DOLE payments to single people would be boosted by $50 a week under a plan being considered by the Gillard Government.” - Daily Telegraph Susan Dunlevy.

      This follows a day that saw Labor’s Macklin slaughtered for showing the level of consideration to working classes that you would show a mangy dog.

      This is the typical damage control tactics of a Party Lindsay Tanner described as driven by polls and only concerned with the re-election of Julia Gillard.

      It was so predicable it makes me feel rather sad for them.

      This is your preferred party right? To lead our country? Come on, must be time for a rethink now surely.

    • nihonin says:

      09:01am | 04/01/13

      Television situation comedy writers can’t write scripts as hilarious or good for entertainment value as this federal government does.

      I still blame Rudd for being dopey enough to believe Labor party members actually supported him, he should have stuck to the back office, where his shredding abilities caused little harm to the country.

    • PsychoHyena says:

      03:17pm | 04/01/13

      @PJ, in other news it is reported that welfare groups are pushing for a $50 per week increase for single people (regardless of whether they are a parent) and this is being considered alongside an increase from $31 per week to $48 per week before people start losing their benefits.

      It usually helps to actually check a few different sources before running out there waving your little red flag.

    • Fed Up says:

      08:38am | 04/01/13

      Why aren’t woman getting equal pay?
      Why isn’t this a major issue?
      Why isn’t Juliar Gillard doing something about this?

      Ahhhh…she has the woman vote in her back pocket after labelling Abbott a misogynist…i see…..

    • sunny says:

      12:07pm | 04/01/13

      “after labelling Abbott a misogynist”

      Bullshit. Abbott led with the (manufactured) “misogynist” attack. Gillard just responded that Abbott (with his record) is not qualified to lead such an attack. Gillard is a pragmatist, she would have fairly responded to a “misogynist” lecture from anyone other than Abbott, who looked like a hypocrite on the subject. Just face it Abbott copped an uppercut square on the chin from a superior opponent because he is stupid and not versed in the art of politics.

    • Kerryn says:

      12:11pm | 04/01/13

      Some of us women are just grateful to have a job at the moment, even if we are getting paid well under what our male co-workers are getting.  A salary is a salary and I’m not about to rock the boat and risk losing mine!

    • BobC says:

      03:05pm | 04/01/13

      Gillard’s outburst would have had a much greater impact if it wasn’t so self-centred and pathetic. To witness a female Labor PM - and her fellow (or is that not politically correct!) female MP’s - who have obviously come up through the ranks of the unions complaining about being down-trodden….pulleez!!! If the rant had included REAL women’s issues such as the student shot in the head by the Taliban for attempting to get an education; the issue of her sisters in India with the prevalence of rape and the general plight of women in the Middle East it would have resonated with a much greater section of the community. For the PM to scream misogynist and claim she is a martyr to gain cheap political points takes the electorate (as usual) as idiots. A typical Labor divisive ruse.

    • JimmyMac says:

      04:30pm | 04/01/13

      Maybe you should have read Tim’s post above before you posted this. The reasons are outlined quite clearly.

    • Simmo says:

      09:05am | 04/01/13

      IT’S HOT!!!!

    • Aghast says:

      10:10am | 04/01/13

      Simmo its only hot if your outside doing an honest days work for an honest days pay.
      I am bludging on the dole sitting inside an airconditioned shopping Mall..I am trying to figure why. ...since blokes earn higher wages than sheilas than how come I dont get more on the dole than the ladies.Which seems fair as we should be consistant.
      Speaking of the dole how come a union backed Labor government has not got time and half and double time for public holidays for us bludgers
      They spend far to much on Arts & sport and stuff and not enough on Aussie icons like ridgie didge dole bludgers

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:07pm | 04/01/13

      With Wayne Swan admitting [finally] that there won’t be a surplus this year, doe’s this now mean that the current Labor Government will be forced to run full term???
      If they were to call an early election would this be deemed another broken promise???
      Interested to hear other Punchers thoughts…

    • nihonin says:

      03:28pm | 04/01/13

      Run the full term.  Let them stew in the broth of their own magnificence (re: stupidity) mwahahaha.

      We all know acotrel has posted the date as the 31st November 2013 for the election and we wouldn’t want Labor to disappoint him now, would we?

    • PsychoHyena says:

      03:28pm | 04/01/13

      @pa, already people have been claiming it does, really though, how much are people willing to sacrifice in order to get a surplus? As income decreases so should your spending on non-essentials. So what do people class as non-essentials?

      Well according to the comments on The Punch there are a large number of people who claim welfare payments are non-essentials while tax-breaks for businesses are essentials.

      It would be like promising to not go to war at all and then having another country drop a bomb on your doorstep. Do you keep your promise and not go to war? or do you break it and go to war?

      I challenge Punchers to be honest with themselves on promises they’ve made and whether they’ve kept every single little promise they’ve made, I think that no-one will be able to claim that they have kept every promise regardless of the reasons why those promises were broken. Given the divorce rate in Australia there are a fair few who have broken promises.

      Oh and don’t use the old standby of ‘But our promises aren’t important’, those promises are important to the people you made them to and they should be important to you too.

    • marley says:

      04:49pm | 04/01/13

      Well, I think most objective people knew the surplus was never going to happen, and weren’t/aren’t all that concerned about it.  The budget is still in reasonable shape, after all.  The only question is why Swan and Gillard kept insisting it would happen - if they’d backed off six months ago, it wouldn’t be an issue except to the rusted-on Coalition supporters, and those people wouldn’t vote ALP anyway.  I just think the handling of the whole issue was amazingly clumsy.  Watching this government in action, regardless of the strengths and weaknesses of its policies, in like watching amateurs trying to play test-level cricket.

    • marley says:

      04:42pm | 04/01/13

      I thought the Olympic Dam project was cancelled (or, as I understand it, postponed) because of falling commodities prices, rising projected costs (of which taxes were not the biggest worry) and therefore low margins.  Anyway, I don’t know if you can compare iron mines like Atlas with copper and uranium mines in terms of profitability.  And lets face it, the Atlas project seems pretty small potatoes in comparison to the financing necessary to get Olympic Dam up and running.

      I’m not expert, but I can see why you might be prepared to risk the capital on the smaller project but hold fire on the bigger one.

    • Boatsoldier says:

      04:24pm | 04/01/13

      Year of the Election,

      With all the Liberal trolls out there. Can you please tell me 4 things Tony Abbott offers Australians that we don’t currently have with Labour
      As an example we currently have, low debt, low inflation, low interest rates and low unemployment.
      What does Tony offer that I currently don’t have??????


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