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Indigenous groups are pushing for a name change for Brisbane's Boundary Street. (Image source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Boundary Street gearing for change:

The state government has suggested it would consider a move to change some of the state’s Boundary Streets only after discussions with Indigenous groups, councils and communities.

The latest push follows an online petition sparked by an alteration of West End’s Boundary Street to read ‘Boundless’ Street, though Aboriginal activist Sam Watson wants to see the names remain as a reminder of a joint history that should not be ignored.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt says if the support for such a move exists, the state government will not block changes.  

Brisbane police officer charged for murder:

A Brisbane policeman has been charged with the murder of his two-month-old son.

The 38-year-old Queensland Police Senior Constable has been charged following a joint investigation relating to the death of the boy in Victoria Point on Brisbane’s bayside in 2014.

The officer was suspended pending investigation about a month after the child’s death with the Deputy Commissioner expressing the need for the community to understand that no matter your standing in the community justice will be served for crimes committed.

Black Market Bookie threatens Australian sport:

A Malaysian black market bookmaker has been identified by state and federal law enforcement agencies as a threat to the integrity of Australian sport.

Wei Seng “Paul” Phua, one of the men behind one of the world’s largest unregulated sports betting websites, has also surfaced as a highly-valued client of Crown Casino in Melbourne despite his well known criminal associations.

Unregulated betting agencies like Phua’s are estimated to bring in over two-thirds of all money bet on sport worldwide and pose a threat to the legitimacy of sporting outcomes, as evidenced in the recent global tennis match-fixing scandal.

Crowdfunds for Tropfest:

The founder of the world’s largest short film festival Tropfest hopes to keep the Australian event afloat with a crowdfunding campaign after it was cancelled just one month out from its December date last year.

John Polson looks to raise $100,000, some of which will be used to bring in financial advisors necessary to straighten out the festival’s business model after the company managing the event pulled out due to financial difficulties.

The festival, which started in a Sydney cafe 23 years ago and now has events globally, will show the 16 finalists’ films next month after being thrown a financial lifeline by CGU Insurance.

Thousands of children missing:

More than 10,000 unaccompanied asylum seeker children have vanished in Europe with police agency Europol fearing many may have been pushed into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Europol chief of staff Brian Donald said the children had disappeared from the system after registering with state authorities following their arrival in Europe, with 5,00 having vanished from Italy alone.

Mr Donald said there was evidence of a criminal infrastructure established to exploit the asylum seeker flow, however not all of the children will be criminally exploited it is just a case of not knowing where they are, what they’re doing, or who they are with.
Mixed gender prayer spaces for Israel:

The Israeli government approved the creation of an official mixed gender praying site at the Western Wall on Sunday in a move hailed as a victory for the Liberal Jewish community.

For 27 years Women of the Wall has campaigned for a space where both men and women are permitted to pray together, a demand which contradicted Israel’s ultra-Orthodox religious establishment that manages the site.

The Israeli cabinet approved the plan without a formal vote, despite criticism from Ultra-Orthodox members.