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In local news...
$400 million mega-arena proposed for South Brisbane
A proposal for a $400 million entertainment venue in South Brisbane is currently being investigated by the State Government.
A final site has yet to be decided, but a likely location for the 15,000 capacity venue could be the Parmalat dairy factory in South Brisbane.
The arena plan is being proposed by the world's biggest venue operator Anschutz Entertainment Group, which runs one-hundred-and-thirty venues globally including Suncorp Stadium.
BCC Candidates stance on LGBTI issues published
A survey outlining Brisbane City Council election candidates' views on LGBTI-specific issues has been made public for voters.
Local LGBTI community organisations surveyed parties and independent candidates for their stances on several issues facing the LGBTI community, with responses including “Supportive,” “unsure” or “does not support.”
The survey results reveal that all candidates were supportive of the issues presented, with the exception of Liberal National Party candidate Graham Quirk not supporting the creation of an LGBTI advisory committee and taking an "unclear" stance on same-sex marriage and publicly denouncing homophobia & transphobia.
Survey results can be viewed on bnelag.com
In national news...
Government stands by cancellation of Toowoomba teens passport
The Federal Government has defended the decision to cancel a Queensland teenagers passport after travelling to Syria last year.
Nineteen year-old Oliver Bridgeman of Toowoomba left the country to undertake aid work in Indonesia before continuing on to Syria.
The teenager’s lawyer Alex Jones says his client has denied joining a terrorist organisation but has been told by Australian authorities to surrender his passport despite no allegations he acted illegally.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has refused to comment on the case specifically but said the Government can’t facilitate the safe passage of people out of conflict zones.
Abbott's contradictory statements a "recipe for chaos"
Bill Shorten has called on Malcolm Turnbull to rein in MPs after a foreign policy speech by Tony Abbott in Japan.
The former prime minister spoke over the weekend about increasing freedom of navigation military exercises in the South China Sea and suggested China and Australia do not share the same values, a move Mr Shorten described as a recipe for chaos.
Mr Shorten argued that having the former prime minister speak out of line with Mr Turnbull on foreign policy was a sign of a divided government and damaging for Australia’s position in the world.
In international news...
Trump to "research" KKK after receiving presidential endorsement
Donald Trump has come under fire after flailing under an endorsement from a former Klu Klux Klan leader.
The Republican presidential hopeful was asked about the endorsement on live television, and told CNN presenter Jake Tapper he would have to do some research on the group for fear of unfairly condemning elements that may be undeserving of it.
Mr Trump added to the situation later that day by retweeting a quote from former fascist leader of Italy Benito Mussolini.
Man linked to Paris attacks jailed in Algeria
Algerian authorities have jailed a man with links to the ringleader of the Paris attacks last November.
In a statement released by an Algerian court, the man was said to have been charged with belonging to a terrorist group overseas, though no other details were provided.
The ringleader died when police laid siege to his hideout five days after the attacks, which killed 130 across Paris.