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Queensland Nickel has gone into voluntary administration:
Queensland Nickel has gone into voluntary administration after controversy over Palmer United Party donations made by the company before the sacking of 237 workers on Friday.
After a request by the company for Queensland Labor Government to act as a guarantor to a $30 million loan was rejected, information emerged over the weekend that Clive Palmer’s Townsville refinery had donated $290,000 to his political party two weeks prior to the mass lay-offs.
The company has announced the appointment of voluntary administrators, effective today.
Questions remain over bidding for the Commonwealth Games:
The head of an Australian firm which was outbid in securing a tender for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is still looking for answers over the bidding process.
The Games Corporation came under fire when it chose US company Jack Morton Worldwide to organise the opening and closing ceremonies of the event with failed bid heads claiming they are no better qualified than the Australian firms they were competing against.
However, Queensland’s Commonwealth Games minister Stirling Hinchliffe tabled key findings from a probity audit into the bidding process on Thursday where it was found there was no conflict of interest, but that there was the potential for a perception of such.
Concerns for rural dentistry:
Rural doctors have expressed lagging confidence in their ability to provide dental care in small Australian communities without a permanent public dentist, new research shows.
In the study by the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Rural Health, only 18 of the 30 GPs surveyed across South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania were confident within the scope of their dental practice.
Researcher Dr Ha Hoang says doctors generally have no choice but to treat their dental patients, with those in rural areas often discouraged by long distances or wait times for public dentists.
Racist video game slammed:
A video game shown to encourage players to kill Indigenous Australians has been removed from Google Play and Itunes after an online petition gained more than 60,000 signatures condemning the game.
The petition was started by Gadigal woman Georgia Mantle when she raised concerns that it required players to survive in the Australian outback and rewarded them with weapons and food for killing Indigenous Australians.
The game has been labelled horrific, and disgustingly racist, while also being slammed for glorifying genocide.
Ebola death in Sierra Leone:
Sierra Leone’s Government has announced quarantine measures for 100 people following the country’s first Ebola death since being cleared of the virus last November.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed the case near the Guinean border as health officials in Freetown investigate the source of transmission and infection in areas known to be recently visited by the victim, a 22-year-old student.
Government officials have urged the public to remain calm and work together to prevent further infection, only a day after Western Africa celebrated the end of the outbreak.
Rising tensions in Calais:
A refugee camp in Calais, France has seen a rise in tensions as authorities threaten to bulldoze parts of the squat.
Volunteers and charity groups have been aiming to meet a deadline to move tents and wooden huts to other parts of the camp as officials try to create a greater barrier between the camp and the highway due to concerns migrants try to stow away or simply break through wire and walk through the tunnel.
The camp is estimated to currently hold about 4,000 migrants and asylum seekers.