New patrol boat for Great Barrier Reef - and more 9am Zedlines.

A new patrol vessel aims to tackle illegal fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. Source: Wikicommons

LNP still open to asset sales 

State Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has repeated claims the LNP is still open to privatisation talks with the Queensland population.

After Labor’s 2015 election campaign against the necessity of asset sales, Mr Springborg suggests inaction from Labor may be causing Queenslanders to feel misled, saying it is still a discussion the LNP would have with the public should they want it.

The statement was made yesterday on the anniversary of last year’s election loss, after which outgoing deputy Premier Jeff Seeney declared asset sales off the LNP agenda.

New patrol boat for Great Barrier Reef

A new patrol boat will hit the waters off Gladstone in Central Queensland in a bid to tackle illegal fishing within the Great Barrier Reef.

The custom built patrol vessel has been funded by both Federal and State Government and will patrol a 348,000 square kilometre area that contains over 1,000 islands.

The program is seen as the frontline of marine and island national park management for the Great Barrier Reef.

Shortern assures Gonski fully funded

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has assured colleagues his Gonski schools policy is fully funded.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, who has drawn criticism for advocating GST increases to fund health and education services, questioned funding for the $37 billion policy on Friday, stoking tensions within the Federal Labor Party.

Mr Shorten responded saying though unusual for an opposition, the proposal has complete funding.

App to provide cricket commentary in Hindi

Australia’s Indian community is now able to tune in to the cricket in their native language for the first time.

Cricket Australia and media group Indian Link have paired up to launch an app allowing fans to log on and hear commentary in Hindi.

The move was made in a bid to connect Indians who have lived in Australia for a long time with their native roots.

Emergency meeting to advise Zika virus response

The World Health Organisation will hold an emergency meeting Monday to advise on the international response to the Zika virus.

The emergency committee will decide if the mosquito-borne virus outbreak, which now has over 20,000 confirmed cases in Colombia alone, should be labelled a global emergency requiring a coordinated international effort.

The meeting comes amid claims the organisation has been too slow to act.

Disabled passenger left on New Delhi tarmac without a wheelchair

A disabled passenger says she was forced to crawl on the tarmac at New Delhi’s airport after Air India failed to provide a wheelchair, a claim the airline has denied.

Anita Ghai, a leading disability rights academic said she was left stranded after arriving in Delhi, she says she was helped down the steps from the plane but there was no wheelchair available for her to reach the terminal-bound bus several metres away.

Air India has denied the incident saying there was a delay in bringing the wheelchair because the plane was parked in an outlying bay.