Turbull to deliver 'Close the Gap' report - and more 9am Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today deliver the government’s report card on Close the Gap

RSPCA: Animal cruelty on the rise in Queensland

RSPCA officials have been left in shock after two recent cases of animal cruelty in the Gympie region over the last week.

A juvenile possum was found alive with an arrow through its body along with the 16 swallows who were rescues from children who were throwing and stomping on the birds.

Spokesmen for RSPCA Queensland Michael Beatty says it is shocking that children believe it is ok to treat animals in this manner.

The RSPCA pleads that anyone with more information step forward.


Brisbane lawyer faces conflict of interest over role in royal commison Former Queensland solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff is facing conflict-of-interest charges over his role in the sex abuse royal commission.

The Queensland Legal Services Commission has ordered the Bar Association of Queensland to investigate whether Mr Sofronoff had a conflict in representing Brisbane Grammar School before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The family of a man who was sexually assaulted at Brisbane Grammar by paedophile counsellor Kevin Lynch has welcomed the investigation.


Federal government to introduce medicinal cannabis scheme

The federal government will introduce new legislation to allow for cannabis to be cultivated for medical and scientific purposes, later today.

The proposed scheme aims to allow sufferers of painful and chronic conditions access to medicinal cannabis.

Health Minister Sussan Ley says she is optimistic the legislation will pass both the House of representatives and the Senate.


Turbull to deliver 'Close the Gap' report

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today deliver the government’s report card on Close the Gap and there are concerns the policy may be scrapped.

Close the Gap has aimed to raise the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to that of the non-Indigenous population within a generation by 2030.

The announcement is set to be the prime minister’s first test on indigenous affairs.


Death by meteorite? (Update)

Indian scientists are analysing a small blue object — described by local authorities as a meteorite — which fell from the sky and killed a man.

According to experts, the so called meteorite being held by police adheres to magnets, indicating it is made of metal

Experts say the object could be debris from a rocket or a space shuttle, with others adding that an 11 gram meteorite rock would not make a 1.5 metre crater.

If the object is deemed to be a meteorite, it will be the first confirmed death by meteorite in recorded history.