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Protesters occupy Peter Dutton's office
Protesters are currently occupying the Brisbane office of Immigration and Border Protection minister Peter Dutton calling for the minister to stop the removal of 267 asylum seekers from Australia to Nauru.
The occupation comes a day after two protesters suspended a large banner with the words “Let them stay” painted on it and themselves by ropes from a Melbourne bridge.
It coincides with another action in Sydney this morning where activists have placed 37 cribs along Bondi Beach to symbolise the 37 babies facing removal.
Fire destroys Noonuccal home
Fire has destroyed the home of Aboriginal activist, poet and artist Oodgeroo Noonuccal on Stradbroke Island.
The home was already burnt to the ground by the time crews arrived and its cause has not yet been identified.
The artist, also known as Kath Walker, died in 1993 but family members have been living in the home.
Backpackers kidnapped, sexually assaulted
Two female backpackers were allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted in a remote area of South Australia by an Australian man who is now facing criminal charges, including attempted murder.
One of the victims managed to escape their attacker and alert fishermen to the situation who then called the police.
Police say both women remain in the hospital suffering from serious injuries but are in a stable condition.
Thousands in limbo as private colleges collapse
Thousands of students and at least 500 staff are in limbo following the collapse of at least three major private training colleges.
Aspire College of Education, The Design Works College of Design, RTO Services Group and the Australian Indigenous have all been placed into administration following a government crackdown on the sector.
Global Intellectual Holdings, the company that owns the colleges, has also gone into administration.
The company made almost $18 million last financial year but paid its two directors Roger Williams and Aloi Burgess $14 million in dividends.
UN demands Israel release prisoners
The UN human rights investigator for Gaza and the West Bank has called on Israel to investigate the excessive force used by Israeli security forces against Palestinians.
UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories Marakim Wibisono has also told Israeli authorities to charge or release all Palestinian prisoners currently being held under extended administrative detention.
27 Israelis and a US citizen have been killed by Palestinian forces since October, while Israeli forces have killed at least 157 Palestinians in the same period.
Israeli officials have dismissed the report as biased.
China wind power bigger than whole EU
The Global Wind Energy Council has reported China installed half of all new wind capacity last year.
The recent developments brought China’s overall energy capacity to over 145 gigawatts, overtaking the EU which collectively have 141 point 6 gigawatts.
China has been making a shift towards renewables to address worsening air pollution and smog problems in their cities.