UN warns Australia on refugee policy again - and more 8am Zedlines

The UN has again warned Australia about it's asylum-seeker policies after a High Court ruling could see families returned to Nauru.

Youth justice laws don't address all issues

The Queensland government will continue to treat 17 year old’s as adults in court after a series of proposed changes to the youth justice system.

The United Nations “have repeatedly called for the removal of 17-year-olds from the adult criminal justice system in Queensland," said the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

The legislation would remove boot camps from the system, and prohibit identifying any children dealt with under the youth justice act.


No-go for radioactive sites in Queensland

The Palaszczuk government won’t support plans to build a national radioactive waste storage facility in Queensland.

In a letter to the federal government Queensland has asked for all potential storage sites in the state to be removed from a shortlist.

The most likely site in Queensland, Oman Oma, would receive $10 million from the federal government if it was chosen.


Closing the gap needs more work

Indigenous advisor Warren Mundine has advised the Prime Minister to bring Indigenous Australians into “real economy” in order to close the gap.

In a briefing paper prepared at Mr Turnbull’s request, Mr Mudine has called on the federal government to provide more opportunity for Indigenous people to participate in education and employment.

The paper also warns that state and territory governments are impeding Indigenous school attendance, while federal policies regarding Indigenous employment contracts may be flawed.

Mr Turnball will deliver a response to the latest Closing the Gap figures next week.


UN warns Australia on refugee policy again

The United Nations is warning Australia to consider the best interests of children of asylum-seeking families, after a High Court ruling could see them returned to Nauru.

A UN spokesman said the children and their families are facing serious risks if they are sent to a “place that cannot be considered safe nor adequate.”

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Rupert Colville also said the return of the families to Nauru may be in breach of the convention against torture.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is maintaining the refugee advocates of promoting an open border policy, that would put people’s lives at risk of drowning at sea.


Jerusalem shooting leaves three dead

A shooting in East Jerusalem has left three Palestinian men dead, in retaliation to another shooting incident that left a female police office dead.

The three men were shot and killed by Israeli police following the shooting incident, which killed one female police officer and leaving another wounded.

Police reports said the Palestinians were armed with guns, knives, and explosives, and opened fire at Israeli forces at the Damascus Gate.


Swedish Sami people win 30-year legal battle

Sweden’s indigenous Sami people have won a 30-year legal battle for land rights, allowing them exclusive access to control hunting and fishing in the area.

The Sami people, or Laplanders, were denied this power by Sweden’s parliament in 1993.

Lawyers representing the case for the state argued Sweden had “no international obligations to recognise the special rights of the Sami people, indigenous or not.”

The vice president of the Sami council said the verdict will give Laplanders strength in seeing their issues heard over the state’s “colonial speech.”