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Jellyfish washed up on Australian beaches (Image source: Flickr creative commons.)

Corruption watchdog rules in mines favour:

Queensland’s corruption watchdog has found no evidence to support claims the former Newman government’s decision to reverse opposition to the Acland Mine expansion was due to political donations.

Anti-mining group, Lock the Gate Alliance lodged a complaint with Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission in August saying the LNP Government’s decision to approve the expansion was influenced by gifts and donations.

However, the Commission determined it would not investigate the matter after assessing the information and deciding there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations, or raise a reasonable suspicion of criminal offence.

Marine life parks falling short:

Research by the University of Queensland has found nearly 2,000 species of marine life remain unprotected by Australian marine parks.

The study, which was published in Nature, said 97 per cent of the 17,000 marine species analysed globally fell short of protection guidelines for designated marine park areas.

The research, conducted in collaboration with the Australian-based Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions, provides a benchmark for conserving biodiversity.

Australian Defence Force Reservist wins Federal Court case:

A former Australian Defence Force Reservist sacked for social media misconduct has won his Federal Court battle against the dismissal.

Bernard Gaynor was fired after writing anti-gay comments on twitter, going against the force’s policy on offensive posts on social media that target personal attributes.

However, the Federal Court has deemed the comments to have been made in a personal capacity and were supported by an implied right to freedom of political communication, as stated in the constitution.

Children's Rights Commissioner calls for focus on domestic violence victims:

The Children’s Rights Commissioner is calling for a national focus on the needs of children affected by domestic violence.

The renewed calls come after a study found that one in 12 people have experienced physical abuse by a family member as a child.

The report also found one in every 28 people had also experienced sexual abuse as a child, and 23 per cent of children have witnessed violence towards their mothers.

Indian flooding victims frustrated at government response:

Residents of India’s flood-hit Tamil Nadu state are frustrated with the government’s response to the disaster which killed nearly 300 people this month.

Trapped in their homes for days, many have resorted to social media to organise assistance for those in need.

Frustrations peaked after it was revealed a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting the affected area had been doctored.

A spokesman for the government acknowledged the public sentiment but says the administration was doing all it could.

Thousands saved off the Libyan coast:

More than 4,600 people travelling across the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats have been rescued off the Libyan coast in the last four days.

Italian coastguards reported the figure yesterday following an announcement from the United Nations that the number of people attempting to cross to Europe had dropped more than a third last month due to bad weather.

The coastguards were assisted by a German naval ship working as part of the military European Union mission to stop people traffickers.

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