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AN anonymous online reporting system will make it easier for students at a Brisbane private school to speak up about their concerns in regards to Cyberbullying. (Images source: creative commons)

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Students instigate an online reporting system for cyber bullying

An anonymous online reporting system will make it easier for students at a Brisbane private school to speak up about their concerns in regards to Cyberbullying.

Moreton Bay College sports captain Amelia Brown said the Big Sister system had three bright pink faces representing levels of concern measured as unsure, worried and deeply concerned.

The system can also be used to report offline behaviour like relationship, friendship and family issues and would be particularly helpful for younger students.

 

Police Minister questioned over shooting rats in his home

THE Queensland opposition has the police minister in its sights after he admitted using a rifle to shoot rats at his suburban home.

The opposition will write to the police commissioner, asking him to consider if Bill Byrne broke the law by firing his 22 calibre rifle at rats in the roof cavity of his house.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is standing by her minister, saying firing a weapon at home is legal.

The opposition says the premier must stand the minister aside while police investigate what gun licence Mr Byrne held at the time.

 

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Experts fear firefighters to “drop like flies” in bushfire season

Experts are warning that firefighters will not be able to keep up, as Australia’s bushfire seasons become hotter, drier and longer.

Australian Climate Alliance spokesman Paul Gray said working in hot and dangerous conditions was part of the job, but firefighters were reporting an increase in the number of fires they were attending, stretched over a longer period of time and under more intense conditions.

Mr Gray warned that new ways need to be found to protect firefighters before they start “dropping like flies from exhaustion or illness”.

 

Victorian town plans 100% renewable energy future

The Victorian town of Newstead has announced their plan to be 100 per cent renewable energy powered within the next five years.

The town is expected to use a mixture of rooftop solar and localised storage to achieve its goal, as well as the construction of a 2 mega watt solar plant, with funding from the Victorian state government.

The plan has the full support of the town’s power supplier, Powercor, which says that renewable power generation is a reality.

 

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Cardinal Pell describes past abuse as “not of interest to him”

The chair of the Royal Commission into child abuse has warned Cardinal George Pell he will be held culpable if the Commission believes he knew of abuse in his parishes.

The warning comes in day two of Pell’s testimony, as he told the commission he was deceived by then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns about priest Gerald Ridsdale’s actions.

Cardinal Pell then went on to describe the past abuse of children as a sad story, but one that wasn’t of interest to him at the time.

 

Judge rules Apple cannot be forced to unlock their tech
A New York judge has ruled that tech company Apple cannot be forced to unlock the iPhone of a person currently under investigation by the FBI as part of a drug case.

The ruling comes as Apple continues to battle with the FBI over creating a ‘back door’ into their tech, to assist in data recovery from the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The Department of Justice is planning to appeal the judge’s decision.