Inner city large capacity venue shouldn't impact on BEC - And more 8am Zedlines...

Operators of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre say the venue will still have a future if the proposal for a new 15,000 capacity inner-city venue is signed off by the state government. (Image Source: Creative Commons)

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Wilderness Society reports land clearing could jeopardise climate change targets

Land clearing in Queensland could undermine the Federal Government’s climate action policy by exhausting the emissions reductions fund within two years, according to a new report commissioned by The Wilderness Society.

The report shows climate change targets of a 5 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020 could be jeopardised if current tree clearing rates continue.

A spokesperson for Federal Environment minister Greg Hunt disputes this, saying the use of different modelling would lead to this discrepancy.

Inner city large capacity venue shouldn't impact on BEC

Operators of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre say the venue will still have a future if the proposal for a new 15,000 capacity inner-city venue is signed off by the state government.

AEG Ogden chief executive Harvey Lister suggests retention of the Boondall venue was needed to attract major events such as the 2028 Olympic Games and to boost Brisbane’s capacity to host international acts.

The Parmalat milk factory in South Brisbane is currently seen as the preferred site for the new arena.

National

Cardinal George Pell concedes regarding the catholic church's dealings with Child Sex Abuse

Cardinal George Pell conceded the Catholic Church has made significant mistakes in its dealings with child abuse allegations over the years.

Cardinal Pell told the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse the Church was more concerned with maintaining its reputation, which he says may have been given precedence over investigating claims of abuse.

Abuse survivors say they find it difficult to believe Pell did not know of the pedophile priests, although he maintains he was not aware of any specific incidents at the time.

National

Environment minister takes hard-line on Microbeads

Environment minister Greg Hunt is taking a hard-line on face wash containing microbeads, threatening to ban them outright if companies do not commit to a voluntary phase out.

The beads which are five micrometres long, end up in waterways and can choke marine life if swallowed, a trend which has seen several countries take steps to ban their use.

Mr Hunt says if beauty companies do not move on the initiative in the next year he will impose a ban similar to that implemented in the United States.

International

Confession made by American student; propaganda sign theft

North Korea’s state media says a 21-year-old American student detained for stealing a propaganda sign has confessed to the crime.

Otto Warmbier was on a tour of the country before being accused of the theft, and his family have not heard from him since his arrest in early January.

North Korea have previously arrested western tourists in a bid to engage with high-profile politicians with which they have no official diplomatic relations.

International

Tear gas fired on Syrian and Iraqi refugees; Macedonia

Macedonian police have fired tear gas on migrants who stormed fences at the Greek border as tensions mount over the Balkan nation’s refusal to process asylum seekers.

Footage shows the mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees using a heavy metal pole to bring down the fence in the frontier community in Idomeni in Greece.

Approximately 22 000 refugees have gathered in the Greek city in an attempt to cross through the Balkan corridor to access central and northern European countries.