Nickel workers compensated after factory closure and more 8AM Zedlines

The federal government has offered a redundancy package to help Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel workers transition into new jobs. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Toowoomba house fire claims life

A southern Queensland man has died in a house fire overnight.

Emergency services were called to a Dalby residence, north-west of Toowoomba, late last night.

The body of the man was found after firefighters had extinguished the blaze.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.


Nickel workers compensated after factory shut-down 

The Federal Government is offering $500,000 to help former Queensland Nickel workers.

Mining giant Clive Palmer’s refinery went into voluntary administration on Monday, three days after 237 employees were sacked.

Ministers say the funds are intended for “career transitioning assistance”, with redundant workers set to receive immediate support from the package.

Mr Palmer’s company had previously applied for government assistance, but had been denied.


Toxicity of Australian honeys 'exaggerated'

Australian honeys are the most contaminated in the world, according to international researchers.

All but five Australian honeys tested contained more natural poisons and contaminants than would be considered safe by the European Food Safety Authority.

The Australian Honeybee Industry Association says the report exaggerates the likelihood of toxicity by assuming greater honey consumption and lower body weight than is normal in Australia.


Australia's largest solar farms completed

The largest solar plants in Australia have been completed in western NSW.

Providing power to more than 50,000 homes, the two plants have more than two million solar panels and cover a space of around 800 football fields.

NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts says the plants will provide local communities with affordable and sustainable energy for many years.

Eight other NSW solar farm projects are now seeking funding assistance.


20 dead after militant attack

At least 20 people are dead after an organised shooting in northwest Pakistan.

Armed militants attacked Bacha Khan University on Wednesday morning, opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels.

Officials say the death toll could rise to as high as 40.

While the army says it has cleared the area, with the four gunman reportedly dead, commentators are warning the act shows militants are still active, despite a country-wide anti-terrorism crackdown.


Refugees reunited with UK family

A British court has ruled that four refugees should be allowed to leave their French camp and reunite with family members.

Three children and a dependent adult have been given a unanimous ruling, permitting them to leave the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France, to re-join with family in the UK.

The case could have widespread implications, with around 200 other identified Jungle camp migrants having immediate relatives in the UK.

While the full judgement will be handed down next week, the four applicants are allowed to depart for the UK immediately.