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Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick says he would like to see Queensland patients given the same treatment options as those already available in NSW. [image: pixabay]

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QLD medicinal marijuana plan could pass before 2017
Queenslanders could see medicinal marijuana made available in the state before year’s end if new legislation is passed by State Parliament.

The plan, to be formally introduced in the coming weeks, will aim to balance patient needs and safe administration of the drug, requiring patients over 18 to register for the scheme under the guidance of a medical doctor.

Health Minister Cameron Dick says there is increasing community support for the idea, and would like to see Queensland patients given the same treatment options as those already available in NSW.

Families sue QLD Government over 2013 floods
Two farming families from the Lockyer Valley are suing the Queensland Government over flood repair works they say did more harm than good.

Leon Field and John Bertram say a new style of creek crossing build by the State Government after the major 2011 flood caused Blackfellow Creek to change course and flow through their land in the flood of 2013, washing away about 150,000 cubic metres of material from the high-value irrigation land.

Now three years on, they face repair bills in the tens of millions of dollars, as well as concerns over the future of their properties and the health of the unstable creek system itself.

In national news...
Cardinal George Pell to give evidence from Rome
Cardinal George Pell will this morning give evidence to the child abuse royal commission via video link from a hotel in Rome.

Cardinal Pell is expected to be asked about two case studies stretching from the 1960s through to the 1990s involving complaints and allegations of Catholic child sexual abuse in Ballarat and Melbourne - including claims he tried to silence and ridicule a victim’s complaint and knew of the movement of offending priests between parishes.

In a statement released today, Cardinal Pell said he was making arrangements to meet survivors who had travelled to Rome after the hearing concludes.

Domestic airline passengers should show ID, say security experts
Police and security experts are calling for identity checks on domestic airline passengers to prevent criminals and fugitives from using false names to board flights.

Roger Henning, and aviations security consultant, has echoed calls made by the Australian Federal Police last year, saying passengers should have to show some form of photo prior to boarding, and that it was only a matter of time before self-service kiosks and mobile check-in systems were exploited.

60 people were charged for flying under false names between 2013 and 2016.

In international news...
Migrants stuck on European borders as daily cap introduced
Around 6,500 people are stuck on Greece’s northern border after Balkan countries announced a daily cap on migrant arrivals.

The move by Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia to restrict entry to just 580 people per day comes after a similar move by Austria last week, capping the number of asylum claims it would process to 80 and allowing only 3,200 to pass through its borders per day.

Tensions were escalated along the border after a protest involving some 400 people demanding entry to Macedonia.

Australian architects design untouched by cyclone
A village designed by an Australian man for Fiji’s poor has emerged from Cyclone Winston unscathed.

Of the 230 houses in Koroipita, also known as Peter’s Village, not one sustained significant structural damage, a feat which their designer Peter Drysdale attributes to the roofing screws used in their cheap and simple, yet sturdy construction.

Mr Drysdale says the design could be useful in managing natural disaster threats in other parts of the Pacific.