Qld cattle tick consultations continue, and more 11am zedlines

The consultation period for an examination of the cattle tick line in Queensland has been extended by one month, according to Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson. Image source: Wikimedia.

Politician pay rise on the books
All Queensland politicians will receive a 1.73% pay rise following a recommendation from the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal.

The move will increase the base salary of an MP by almost $3,000 to $151,000. Additional salaries for ministers, the opposition leader and the premier will also increase, taking premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s salary to $385,000.

The tribunal determined that comparative to other states, Queensland politicians’ pay should be increased, though economic analysis means it should be modest.


Qld cattle tick consultations continue
The consultation period for an examination of the cattle tick line in Queensland has been extended by one month, according to Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson.

This examination marks the first time in 30 years the cattle tick line may be amended.

So far more than 300 submissions and several face to face consultations have taken place, to assist in the creation of a sustainable solution to a pest that costs the farming industry millions of dollars each year.
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Crew of decommissioned ship forcibily removed from deck
At 1 o’clock  this morning, security guards boarded the long stranded aluminium ship MV Portland to forcibly remove the crew and escort on board a replacement foreign crew.

The ship has been docked off the Victorian coast for two months, with its sacked Australian crew refusing to sail it to Singapore where it is to be scrapped.

The 40 Australian crew members of the MV Portland had previously lost legal actions where they argued the federal government's "temporary coastal licence", which allows Alcoa to replace the MV Portland with a foreign-flagged vessel and foreign crew, was invalid.

New Children's Commissioner role in WA
Western Australia has streamlined its processes for reporting and prosecuting child abuse cases, with the creation of a ‘Children's Commissioner’.

The office of Commissioner will focus on helping key front line organisations become more “child-safe”, and minimise the trauma of victims who need to report and recount their experiences.

The role of Children’s Commissioner was first suggested during the 2012 Blaxell inquiry into allegations of child abuse at state-run school hostels, but was postponed over concerns the role would overlap with existing agencies.
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University condemns Israeli army raids on campus
Birzeit University in the West Bank has condemned an Israeli army raid of its campus, during which soldiers confiscated and damaged university equipment.

At 3am on Monday more than 15 military vehicles stormed the university; with soldiers raiding the student council and faculty of science, confiscating computers and university equipment.

Since October, over 80 students and two faculty members of the university have been arrested. Birzeit university has called the raids an attack on the right to education and an attempt to destroy the will of Palestinian people.

Suicide bomber kills 10, wounds 15 in Turkey's Istanbul
10 people have died and at least 15 injured in a bomb explosion in a tourist district of the Turkish city of Istanbul.

A Syrian suicide bomber is believed to be responsible for the attack, which took place at roughly 10.30 local time.

Turkey has been part of the coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria since 2014. The Australian government has warned its citizens to be wary of traveling to Turkey.