Most Australians think Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should wait until the end of the year to send the nation to the polls - And more 8am Zedlines

The latest newspoll, published in The Australian, shows a 46 percent of voters want the former prime minister to to remain as a member of cabinet or on the backbench.

Local News

Newcomers to test the redrawn Gabba ward in March

There have been changes in the Gabba Ward since the 2012 elections and the poll to be held on March 19th may bring a less predictable result than in previous years.

The Ward boundaries have been redrawn with The Gabba losing some of its turf to the new Coorparoo Ward.

The Gabba was one of only three Wards in 2012 to gain a swing Labor’s way.

Sitting Councillor Helen Abrahams says the rule of thumb is that only about 3% of the vote is attributable to personal following and her retirement may not be too great a factor this time around.

 

Artists hold local event as a reflection of global climate talks

Artists and activists from Brisbane who travelled to Paris for the global climate talks will reflect on their experience as part of an evening of reflection and discussion on 1st February in West End.

The historic Paris climate deal followed weeks of intense negotiations and a wave of public mobilisations including the largest ever climate marches across Australia.

The public is invited to a free public event to hear reflections from Brisbane residents who were in Paris for the talks, This event will also be the OFFICIAL LAUNCH of the campaign calling for Brisbane City Council to Divest from fossil fuels.

 

National News

Newspoll suggests Liberals serve out term before going to poll

Most Australians think Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should wait until the end of the year to send the nation to the polls, but are divided about whether Tony Abbott should retire.

The latest newspoll, published in The Australian, shows a 46 percent of voters want the former prime minister to to remain as a member of cabinet or on the backbench.

Only 21 percent of voters support an early election while 71 per cent want the coalition to serve its full term and hold an election later in the year.

 

Marathon anti-abortion prayer vigil to take place in Perth

A 40-day prayer vigil outside a Perth abortion clinic is set to take place in the lead up to Easter.

It will be run by the religious group 40 Days for Life, who say their goal is to offer women alternative services such as financial support.

However, many women have hit back at this statement saying the protest will be traumatising.

 

International

Syria approves UN aid request

The united nations says that the Syrian government has approved “in principle” a UN request for an aid delivery to the besieged Syrian towns of Madaya, al-Foua and Kefraya.

Peace talks are under way in an effort to end the five year long conflict, Syrian opposition has repeatedly stressed that it will not participate in full discussions until all sieges are lifted.

According to UN research, up to 70 percent of available farmland around Kefraya and al-foua is now inaccesible because of danger from snipers and thousands of acres of wheat and barley have been burned in shell attacks on the field.

US consumer spending unchanged in December

Us consumer spending remained unchanged in December, but a jump in savings to a three year high suggested consumption could rebound in the months ahead.

Spending on long lasting manufactured goods such as cars dropped nine percent, Purchases of nondurable goods also declined nine per cent. This followed a rise of five per cent in november.

Moderate consumer spending, weak export growth and ongoing efforts by business to reduce unsold merchandise helped restrict economic growth to a seven per cent pace in the fourth quarter, cutbacks in investment by energy firms struggling with lower oil prices also hurt Gross Domestic Product growth.

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