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Supporters push for Tivoli heritage listing and more 8AM Zedlines
Tivoli at tipping point: save or sell?
Local music venue the Tivoli is back on the market again, with music fans now calling on the State Government to intervene.
With a reported asking price of more than $10 million, current owner and seller John O'Rourke says he hopes a new owner-operator will continue with what his family has done.
However, The Greens are pushing for the historic building to be added to the State’s heritage register, with thousands of supporters having already signed an online petition.
You can sign the petition at change.org/p/annastacia-palaszczuk-the-queensland-labor-government-put-the-tivoli-theatre-on-the-heritage-list
Quirk defends council land sale to LNP donor
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has defended the selling of Brisbane City Council land to a Liberal National Party donor.
More than 8500 square metres of land was sold to businessman Tan Boon Seng for $3.3 million, with the council forgoing normal public tender procedures.
While the matter has been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission, Cr Quirk said Mr’s Tan’s ongoing financial support for the LNP party had no influence on council’s decision to sell him the land.
Pell to face victims' lawyers on final commission day
Cardinal George Pell will continue to give evidence on the fourth and final day of the royal commission into child sex abuse from Rome.
Cardinal Pell will be facing questions from victims’ lawyers, and has also agreed to meet with survivors later in the day, who are now also calling for an audience with Pope Francis.
Cardinal Pell yesterday told the commission he was “left in the dark” over the sexual abuse allegations that happened in Ballarat during the 1970s and 80s.
Abbott denies involvement with defence paper leak
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied his involved in a classified defence white paper leak.
Now under investigation by the AFP, the leak reportedly shows Malcolm Turnbull plans to deliver a new fleet of submarines in the 2030s, nearly a decade after Mr Abbott’s government initially planned.
While Mr Abbott has forcefully denied any connection to the leak, he has condemned the potential delay in bringing-about the new multi-billion-dollar submarine program.
New Libyan passport system goes online
Around 150,000 Libyans have applied for new eight-year passports since they became available four days ago.
The new, online registration system was overwhelmed by demand when it opened and was taken offline for four hours.
While corrupt officials are charging as much as 3,000 Libyan Dollars for a passport, the official fee is 55 Libyan Dollars.
The Passports Authority has ordered half a million new passports to meet demand.
Russia and Turkey at odds over Syrian ceasefire agreement
Russia and Turkey have accused each other of breaching the February 27th ceasefire in Syria.
Turkey claims it has been engaged in six incidents with ISIS in full accordance with the deal brokered between the US and Russian governments.
The Russian government denies that it has been bombing moderate rebel groups who oppose the Syrian government and are supportive of the US and Turkey.