PM Turnbull meets U.S President Obama to talk econemy and terrorism - and more 11am Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with U.S President Barack Obama to discuss terrorism and the struggling economy.

Fedral government may help Queensland Nickel employees

Queensland MP Ewen Jones has indicated that the Federal Government will announce some form of assistance for the workers laid off at Clive Palmer's’ Queensland Nickel.

Mr Jones, whose electorate includes Queensland Nickel, says the refinery still had a future, and he has backed calls for an investigation into the finances of Mr Palmer’s refinery.

Mr Jones says he and Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will be making an announcement later today regarding this issue.

 

Amnesty to launch full investigation into Queensland police officer

Amnesty International have called for a full public investigation after a video of an arrest in Brisbane emerged online, showing an officer using what has been described as excessive force.

Indigenous rights campaigner Roxy Moore says she is concerned that the police conduct as seen in video may not meet international standards.

 

Chinese investors got nuts for macadamia
Chinese investors want to buy up multimillion dollar macadamia orchards in both Queensland and New South Wales, as they move to protect their supply.

Last year Australia produced 48,300 tonnes of the nuts in-shell, which is up by ten per cent from the year before, and the numbers are expected to rise in 2016.

Australia exports roughly one quarter of its national crop to China, and local grower’s state they are already struggling to keep up with the srong demand.

 

Tony ain't coming back

Tony Abbott's office has dismissed the reports that Mr Abbott is being urged to contest the next election in hope of regaining the position of Prime Minister.

Liberal sources have been speculating that Mr Abbott had hopes of regaining leadership or taking on a key ministerial role.

A spokesperson for Mr Abbott described these reports as “fanciful”.

 

PM Turnbull meets U.S President Obama to talk econemy and terrorism
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with U.S President Barack Obama to discuss terrorism and the struggling economy.

During the talks, Mr Turnbull reiterated his message that he believes more should be done online to counter the extremist group.

Additionally, Mr Turnbull and Mr Obama discussed the importance of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The United States has asked Australia, along with other countries, to commit more military resources in Iraq and Syria, however Australia has elected not to.