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The Queensland government has passed some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the country.

Queensland passes tough new anti-smoking laws

The Queensland government has passed some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the country.

From September 1, smoking will be banned at or near childcare and aged care facilities, bus stops, taxi ranks and outdoor malls.

The laws also ban the sale of tobacco from pop-up outlets, such as music festivals.

State Health Minister Cameron Dick says the ban in and around aged care facilities is the first in Australia.

Government to outline Navy spending in white paper

The federal government will commit to spending 2 per cent of gross domestic product on defence within a decade in its white paper .

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will publicly unveil the long-awaited paper tomorrow in Canberra. The document outlines billions of dollars in modernising the Navy and updating Australia’s Collins-class submarine fleet.

It has been confirmed 12 new submarines will form the centrepiece of the white paper.

Mars orders chocolate recall after plastic scare

US chocolate maker Mars has ordered a recall of millions of its Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars from 55 countries, the company says.

The recall was ordered after bits of plastic were found in a Snickers bar in Germany.

Most of the countries undergoing recalls were European but also extended as far as Vietnam and Sri Lanka in Asia. There is no known recall in Australia.