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Mt Isa mayor says four year fixed terms will help voters and business
Mt Isa mayor Tony McGrady says introducing four year fixed terms to state parliament would protect business and ensure voters get the most out of their MPs.
Mr McGrady is part of the bipartisan committee pushing for Queensland state elections to be held in October every four years, saying people are tired of being called to the polls.
The issue will be put to a referendum next month.
Central Queensland council waiting on Adani compensation deal
Isaac Regional Council is still waiting for a compensation deal from Indian mining giant Adani for losses incurred in the process of building one of the largest coal mines in Australia.
Adani must adequately compensate council and all landholders who would be impacted if they secure a mining lease for their Carmichael coal project in the Galilee Basin.
Isaac Region mayor Anne Baker says the council supports the mining project and the jobs it would create but is wary about how the mine will impact local infrastructure.
In national news…
Fate of asylum seekers to be decided within two weeks
The government will finalise its decision in the next two weeks on whether a group of 267 asylum seekers, who were brought to Australia for medical treatment, will be deported to Nauru or stay in the country.
The news comes after the High Court shut down a challenge to offshore detention centres last month which has caused protests across the country to allow the group to stay.
Craig Landy, the soon-to-be Assistant Minister for Multiculturalism, says he will stand by Peter Dutton’s decision and that it will be worked out with compassion.
Pesticide used by local councils probably causes cancer says WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the pesticide glyphosate, which is used by local councils across the country to kill weeds, probably causes cancer.
The chemical which was originally branded as Roundup and is used by councils, households and farms, was upgraded by WHO to “probably carcinogenic to humans” last year.
Federal authorities are re-assessing the chemical, with the investigation set to be finalised in the middle of the year and until the assessment is changed, councils can continue to use it.
In international news…
Pope Francis calls on Mexican Government to apologise to Indigenous population
Pope Francis is calling on Mexican leaders to reach out to the country’s Indigenous population, to ask their forgiveness for colonial oppression and learn from their culture.
Speaking at a mass yesterday to a crowd thousands in the southern state of Chiapas, Pope Francis praised previous Latin American popes who advocated for Indigenous peoples across the world.
His visit follows a broad-sweeping apology last year to Indigenous peoples who suffered under the Catholic Church’s colonial abuses.
49 million people in Southern Africa suffer from drought
The United Nations World Food Program says 49 million people in Southern Africa may be affected by a drought made worse by the most severe El Nino weather pattern in 35 years.
Most of the region have been hit by the drought, including the maize belt which is the most advanced economy in the continent, with planting delayed by two months or more.
The weather conditions in the region are expected to last until May at the longest.