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Pig head found in Mosque - and more 10am zedlines:
CFMEU calls for funding for coal miners affected by black lung:
Union officials are calling for the creation of a fund for coal miners affected by black lung similar to the fund set for workers exposed to asbestos.
The CFMEU’s calls follow the confirmed diagnosis of three cases of black lung this year.
According to the Mine Inspectorate’s report 60 per cent of mines exposed operators to coal dust levels “equal to, or greater than” the adjusted regulatory exposure limit in 2014.
The cabinet to expand despite promise to decrease:
Queensland may soon have a larger cabinet following an announcement from Queensland’s deputy premier that there will be a new innovation minister.
Jackie Trad confirmed the new portfolio and did not rule at the possibility of more cabinet roles being created in the upcoming reshuffle.
The addition of a new position contradicts the government’s earlier promise to maintain a reduced, 14-member cabinet going into the last election.
Pig head found in Mosque:
Students at the University of Western Australia have taken to social media after a pig head was dumped outside a campus mosque.
The head was discovered by a student in the mosque bathroom on Sunday afternoon and has been confirmed by the Universities guild who have condemned the action and has launched an investigation.
This action follows a joint Muslim-Christian meeting that was held in Perth on Saturday night.
NDIS not meeting standards:
Two-thirds of organisations currently trialling the National Disability Insurance Scheme are reporting governments are not responding to their requirements.
The 22-billion-dollar NDIS program is due to be rolled out next year, but there are currently 20,000 participants working in trial sites.
Disability groups expressed concern about the rapid expansion and the report highlighted fears about inadequate funding for some services such as individual home-based care.
Governor killed in ISIL explosion:
The Governor of Yemen’s city of Aden and five of his bodyguards have been killed in an car bomb explosion claimed by ISIL.
The explosion on Sunday came one day after the United Nations envoy in the country held negotiations aimed at kick-starting peace talks.
ISIL has promised more operations against what it calls the heads of apostasy in Yemen.
Red Cross hopes to reach people living under IS control:
The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is hoping to reach the 10 million people living under Islamic State control by establishing relations with the group.
The charity’s director-general, Yves Daccord, added that in order for organisations to assist civilians in conflict areas, connections with such groups must be made.
The comments came ahead of an agency conference in Geneva on the challenges facing humanitarian workers in complex environments.
Daccord has acknowledged the difficulty of the task but says working in proximity with groups like the Islamic State is important, regardless of their ideology.