More women in uniform in Queensland - and more 8am Zedlines

Queensland Police have announced a new directive to enforce equal gender employment amongst new recruits.

More women in uniform in Queensland

Queensland Police have announced a new directive to enforce equal gender employment amongst new recruits.

The new directive which is to take immediate effect aims for recruitment squads to achieve a 50/50 ratio of men and women.

Queensland Police commissioner Ian Stewart says diversity is very important in Australian culture, and emphasizes it is just as important to the Queensland Police force.

Queensland Police Union President Ian Leavers agrees with the new direction by the QPS on the condition that entry requirements are not relaxed in an effort to gain more women into the job.

 

Palmer claims he is not responsible for paying entitlements

Clive Palmer claims he is not responsible for paying out the entitlements of the Queensland Nickel employees, who were made redundant before the company went into administration.

Mr Palmer says when the workers were made redundant they were given two weeks’ pay in advance, and then under the Fair Work act they were given a statement of their entitlements.

Mr Palmer went on to say the administrator has decided not to pay their entitlements, and that he has no control over the issue.

 

Abetz: Coalition will not be bound by plebiscite on marriage equality

Senator Eric Abetz says every coalition MP will be free to cast their parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage however they wish.

However according to the marriage equality lobby, this makes the Prime minister's promise of a plebiscite on the matter pointless.

Australian Marriage Equality’s national director, Rodney Croome, says Abetz’s comments show that there is no point in having a plebiscite is politicians are going to make up their minds on the issue anyway.

Mr Croome says with or without the plebiscite the issue will be resolved by a free vote of all members of parliament.

 

France struggles against widespread strikes

Tension rose in France yesterday as widespread strikes have caused chaos in Paris.

Roughly 300 taxi drivers, furious over competition from non-licensed private hire cabs, blocked the capitals ring road, lighting tires ablaze and throwing smoke bombs.

Riot police were deployed to the scene.

In total an estimated 1,200 taxi drivers were protesting in Paris