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Biosecurity Queensland have been cleared of wrongdoing after an unreliable test was blamed for temporarily shutting down a banana farm in North Queensland last year. (image source: Creative commons)

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Biosecurity Queensland cleared of wrongdoing in false detection of disease on North Queensland banana farm

Biosecurity Queensland have been cleared of wrongdoing after an unreliable test was blamed for temporarily shutting down a banana farm in North Queensland last year after the Panama fungus was falsely detected.

The government agency and the owner of the farm Mark Reppel have failed to reach a compensation agreement to reimburse Mr Reppel for the forced halt in production.

An independent review into the incident recommended improvement be made to the fungus test and emergency response procedures.

’Anglocentric’ Rockhampton pushes to welcome more refugee residents

Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow has backed a push to attract more refugees to settle in the region.

Mayor Strelow joins Capricornia Chamber of Commerce president Peter Fraser and the Multicultural Development Association in highlighting the positive contributions made by refugee residents.

Mr Fraser described refugees he had come across as more likely to be proactive about employment and bettering the community.

 

In national news…

Royal Australian Navy face legal action over alleged dodgy apprenticeship promises

Legal action has been filed against the Royal Australian Navy by sailors claiming they signed up to four year contracts on the basis they would leave with a trade, an unfulfilled promise which has seen over 200 young recruits finish without any qualification.

The lawyer for the case Stewart Levitt says people were enticed into joining the Navy by a program that was under-developed and inadequately executed.

The sailors will allege they spent the majority of their time waiting for their training to commence, and ended up leaving with a lesser qualification or none at all.

Julie Bishop pushes security matters with Japanese government

Julie Bishop says she will use meetings in Tokyo to push for security matters, as events like the international migrant crisis and China’s role in disputed territorial waters continue to unfold.

Bishop will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defence Minister Gen Nakatani today where she will discuss the subject of submarines and the needs of the Defence Force to protect Australia’s national interest.

Australia and Japan’s security ties have been viewed suspiciously by Beijing, who believe it is part of a plot designed by America and its allies to prevent China’s rise.

In international news…

New flower species indicates origins of ancestors

A new species of ancient flower found preserved in amber in the Dominican Republic is showing that ancestors of tomatoes, mints and daisies once grew in the Caribbean jungles 45 million years ago.

The amber formed in a geological period known as mid-tertiary, and will help scientists understand how the ancestor tomatoes known as asterids spread around the world.

The flowers are understood to be shaped like a trumpet and are no bigger than 10 millimetres.

Pope John Paul II had close friendship with married woman

Letters have revealed that the late Pope John Paul II had a close friendship with a married woman named Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka.

The letters are featured in a documentary airing on the BBC and while the documentary doesn’t make claims that the vow of celibacy was broken, the BBC says the letters indicate that the friendship was intense.

The late pope called Tymieniecka a gift from God but the journalist who made the documentary says that while it seems they were more than friends, they were less than lovers.