QLD lockout laws approved - and more 8am Zedlines

New lockout laws for Queensland have been approved and will come into effect in July.

Lockout laws approved

New lockout laws for Queensland have been approved by State parliament, and will come into effect in July.

Proposed by the Labor government, and backed by Katter’s Australian Party MPs, the legislation calls for a ban on alcohol sales from 2am in nightclubs and pubs.

Labor has agreed to delay the 1am lockout restrictions until February next year.

Casino’s will remain exempt from the new laws.


Solo Queensland candidates won’t campaign

Eight mayoral candidates will stand unopposed in the upcoming Queensland elections.

Due to a lack of opposition, eight Mayors from across the state will not be campaigning for the polls, indicating they will carry on as per normal instead.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland drew the ballot positions for the 77 councils on Wednesday, with more than 250 contenders vying for the top job in their communities.

Mayors Dereck Walpo (Aurukun), Ernie Camp (Burke), Anne Baker (Isaac), Wayne Butcher (Lockhart River), Tom Gilmore (Mareeba), Stuart McKenzie (Quilpie), John Wharton (Richmond) and Graham "Butch" Lenton (Winton) have all been re-elected unopposed, more than a month out from the March 19 poll.


Indigenous cabinet acknowledged by Nigel Scullion

Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion has acknowledged the Yidindji cabinet in front of a 100 plus crowd in Cairns.

Speaking at a national development summit, Mr Scullion recognised the self-declared sovereign Yidindji government, on whose traditional land the event was held.

The nation was founded by former National Indigenous Television journalist Murrumu Walubara Yidindji, who renounced his Australian citizenship to live under tribal law in 2014.

The Yidindji cabinet is composed of the foreign affairs and trade minister, Murrumu Walubara Yidindji – a former National Indigenous Television Canberra press gallery journalist who renounced his Australian citizenship to live under tribal law in 2014 – and its attorney general, Gaan-Yarra Yalmabara. The commonwealth has not struck a treaty with any Indigenous nation since the European invasion of 1788.


China doubts over Japanese submarine bid

China has called on the Australian government to take into account Japan’s wartime history in the decision to grant a multibillion dollar contract to build a fleet of submarines.

China’s foreign affairs minister Wang Yi said he hopes that Australia will “use its concrete actions to support the peaceful development of Japan.”

Germany and France are the other contenders in the bid to build the submarine fleet.


Attack in Turkey

An explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least 28 people and injured 61.

A vehicle full of explosives was detonated as military buses were passing by, in what Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag called an “act of terrorism.”

President Recep [rej-ep] Erdogan said Turkey is more determined than ever to “use it’s right to self defence.”


Aid trucks reach trapped Syrians

Humanitarian aid trucks have started to reach besieged areas of Syria after leaving Damascus on Wednesday afternoon.

More than 100 trucks left the capital after the Syrian government approved access to seven areas following crisis talks.

The UN has demanded complete access to the country, where hundreds of thousands of people are trapped by fighting and blockades.