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Angry taxi drivers aired their frustration with ride-sharing app Uber on the Gold Coast yesterday at a hearing for amendments to the taxi services bill. (image sourced flickr)

In local news…

New space to protect Quandamooka artefacts

The old library of Dunwich high school on North Stradbroke Island has been converted into the first ever keeping place for Quandamooka cultural artefacts.

The facility will store shells and tools that are thousands of years old, documenting the Quandamooka people’s long connection with the area.

Michael Costello, cultural coordinator for the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, stressed the importance of leaving artefacts on country where possible, but says this space will serve as a capsule of local knowledge.

Taxi drivers air frustration with Uber as fares drop

Angry taxi drivers aired their frustration with ride-sharing app Uber on the Gold Coast yesterday at a hearing for amendments to the taxi services bill.

Rob Katter, the Katter Australian Party member for Mount Isa, introduced the bill earlier this year, which seeks to strip Uber drivers of their licence as cab operators are reporting a thirty percent decline in business.

The state government is currently reviewing the industry with a report to be handed down in August next year.

In national news…

Joe Hockey named as new ambassador to the United States

Joe Hockey has been announced as Australia’s next ambassador to the United States, set to replace Kim Beazley in the role at the end of this year.

Mr Hockey retired from federal politics after losing his position as treasurer in September after Malcolm Turnbull ousted then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Labor frontbenchers have criticised the appointment, raising doubts about the working relationship between Mr Hockey and the current government.

Cardinal Pell allegedly uses explicit language to describe sexual abuse

The child abuse royal commission has heard Cardinal George Pell was overheard in St Patrick's Cathedral in the 1980’s, crudely discussing convicted pedophile Gerald Ridsdale and the abuse he inflicted on young boys.

A man known only as BWE told the inquiry he overheard a discussion between Pell and Father Frank Madden in which Pell used the word ‘rooting’ to describe what he thought Ridsdale was doing to victims.

Pell’s lawyer Sam Duggan is denying that Pell would use what he describes as coarse language.

In international news…

Donald Trump condemned for calling for halt on Muslims

Donald Trump, the US Republican presidential candidate, has been condemned for calling for a complete halt on people who are Muslim from entering the country.

Twitter has been quick to condemn Trump’s statements, with Martin O’Malley, the Democratic presidential candidate, calling Trump a fascist demagogue.

It’s not the first time that Trump has come under fire for defamatory remarks.

Turkish troops remain in Iraq despite Baghdad’s orders

Turkey says they will not withdraw their troops from a northern Iraq base despite Baghdad giving orders to leave within forty-eight hours.

Turkish officials says the soldiers arrived as part of an international mission to train Iraqi soldiers to fight against Islamic State, however Iraq says they never invited the Turkish army and that if they do not follow orders to leave then Iraq will go to the United Nations.

Washington state says they have told Ankara and Baghdad that they must resolve the issue and is not supporting Turkey’s presence in Baghdad.