Calls to reopen bidding for 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremonies - and more 10am Zedlines

Bidders have expressed concerns over the Commonwealth Games ceremonies and a local businessman is now urging the state government to reopen bidding for the 2018 event. (Image Source: Commons.wikimedia)

Cabinet documents released:

Queensland cabinet documents from 1985 revealed how a decision in the final Bjelke-Petersen years led to the historic Mabo decision in the High Court.

The papers were under a 30-year embargo and have revealed the detailed deliberations of the Queensland cabinet that year.

These revelations include the then-National Party government’s battle with the union movement in the infamous South East Queensland Electricity Board dispute and its aversion to gay rights.

Calls to reopen bidding for 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremonies:

Gold Coast businessman and former V8 boss Tony Cochrane has called on the Queensland government to reopen bidding for the 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremonies following the appointment of the US-owned Jack Morton Worldwide to stage the showpieces.

Failed Australian bidders expressed concerns over the fact a former long-time staffer for the US company played a key role in evaluating the tender shortlist.

The government has called for an examination into the process, though Commonwealth Games Minister Sterling Hinchliffe says a redo is unlikely.

Inmates returned to Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre:

A second inmate who escaped from a disability justice centre has been returned by his family.

Three staff were working at Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre in Lockridge in Western Australia when two inmates jumped a fence and fled.

The facility is an alternative to prison for people who are accused of a crime but considered unfit to plead.

Calls for privacy for public servant caught up in Jamie Briggs scandal:

Unions are calling for the privacy of the public servant who filed a complaint against former minister Jamie Briggs to be protected after a pixelated photo and personal information were published by media outlets.

Briggs says he took the image and distributed it to colleagues before and after the woman’s official complaint however it is unclear who leaked the information.

The former Cities minister stood down last week over the complaint, filed after what he called an error of judgement in a Hong Kong bar during an official overseas visit.

Growing fears for freedom in Hong Kong:

Lee Bo, a bookseller from Hong Kong is believed to have been detained in mainland China because the shop he works in is selling material critical of the Chinese Government.

Mr Bo is the fifth person linked to the bookshop to go missing in the past two months.

The disappearances add to growing fears that freedoms in Hong Kong are being eroded.

Peaceful elections for Central African Republic:

The Central African Republic saw peaceful elections last week after three years of sectarian violence.

Almost 40 percent of the population,1.8 million, turned out for the vote which had been heavily delayed due to fighting between the country’s Christian and Muslim factions.

After a visit last month by Pope Francis, religious leaders in the country echoed his calls for a peaceful ballot.