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Is pill testing the best way to help those who choose to take illegal party drugs? (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Bubbling tension in the Condamine River:

As a river bubbles in Queensland, landholders are calling on the State Government to find a cause.

The so-called methane seeps in the Condamine River were first reported in 2012, triggering a series of investigations, however the Government said there was insufficient information to identify a cause.

Landowners are growing increasingly worried as the bubbles are intensifying and many are pointing towards the Coal Seam Gas industry for answers.

Drive for a cause:

Two activists have driven almost 10,000kms to visit all six proposed nuclear waste sites to talk to locals about their concerns.

Hilary Tyler and Meret MacDonald spent six weeks on the road documenting their trip paying particular interest to the concerns that were shared by all six different communities.

The Federal Government has promised extensive consultation ahead of the final decision on the single location by the end of this year, however locals vow to continue to fight against each of these planned sites.

Australian Foreign Minister in Japan:

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hopes that her current four-day tour of Japan and China will strengthen bilateral relations between Australia, and the two Asian countries.

She said a number of regional matters were on the discussion table, including the response to the ongoing, provocative and dangerous conduct of the North Korean regime.

It is predicted the visit with Japan will be smooth with the only negativity being around the issue of whaling.

Calls for pill testing:

As the number of ecstasy related hospitalisations rise pressure is building on the Government to rethink its stance on party drugs.

Doctors and drug campaigners have urged the Government to consider ecstasy pill testing, a practice used in parts of Europe to give drug users a way of testing pills for contaminants and other drugs before using them.

However those who oppose pill testing claim although the tests tell you what's in the pill, they don't necessarily tell you if it's harmful or not and that the whole regime is just a way of making taxpayers pay to support drug dealers.

Earthquake shakes Christchurch residents:

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has hit Christchurch over the weekend with over 40 aftershocks already felt in the area.

The Christchurch City Council said cliffs collapsed in several places along the surrounding coast but there have been no reports of damage or major injuries.

The quake comes almost five years after the a deadly tremor devastate the city causing a setback in terms of people’s confidence and feelings of security.

Tensions rise in Syria:

The Turkish Army has shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in Northern Syria for a second day.

Syria’s Government has condemned the Turkish offensive and is urging the United Nations to intervene.

Turkey has reportedly been alarmed by the expansion of Kurdish sway in northern Syria since the conflict began in 2011.