Dogs left in cars while owners visit theme parks

The Queensland RSPCA has said that theme park patrons are pushing up the number of emergency call-outs to dogs locked in cars.

Street artist defended by former deputy mayor

Renowned street artist Anthony Lister pleaded not guilty yesterday to willfully damaging publicly visible walls in Brisbane.

Lister was defended by former Brisbane Deputy Mayor David Hinchcliffe, who said he should be celebrated as an internationally-acclaimed Brisbane artist.

Lister admitted to painting five walls in Fortitude Valley, Paddington and the CBD, but says his work is street art, not graffiti.


Dogs left in cars while owners ride rollercoasters

The Queensland RSPCA has said that theme park patrons are pushing up the number of emergency call-outs to dogs locked in cars.

RSPCA inspector Allison Smith said most of the 58 call-outs on the Gold Coast since November have been to one of the major theme parks.

Brisbane has recorded the highest in the state, with 84 call-outs.


Struggle to find funding for NDIS

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison is under pressure to allocate $5 billion a year from the budget to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

A fund established by the former Labor government to finance the scheme will start running down in 2017 and will be depleted by 2020.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the government remains “fully committed” to the NDIS and is working to find sustainable support.


Former journalist wants to found a new nation

Former Indigenous political journalist Jeremy Geia has renounced his Australian citizenship and is now living on his ancestral land in northeast Australia.

Mr  Geia has taken on a tribal name, Murrumu Walubara, and wants to create an indigenous nation called Yidindji with its own laws and institutions.

The Yidindji government has sought a meeting with the Australian government but is still waiting for a response.


French justice minister resigns

French justice minister Christiane Taubira has resigned after a “major political disagreement” over new anti-terrorism proposals.

If passed, the laws would strip citizenship from anyone convicted of a terrorism offence.

Ms Taubira said she is “choosing to be true” to herself and her commitments.


Greece under fire from EU

The EU has said Greece has “seriously neglected” its role in controlling the external border of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone.

In a draft report prepared by the Union, the assessment found failures to register, check and fingerprint migrants arriving in November last year.

Greece has responded to the claims, saying there has been a lack of “common action” by European countries to the migrant crisis.

The EU has given Greece three months to amend the issues.