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Oscar Pistorius will face fresh sentencing for a murder conviction in April. Source: Youtube.com

Campaigners call for plastic bag ban

A Queensland environmental group is campaigning to ban plastic shopping bags in the rural towns of Agnes Waters and Seventeen Seventy.

The Discovery Coast Environmental Group called for a ban on single-use plastic bags, highlighting the environmental problems associated with discarded bags.

The bags are already prohibited across the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

AFP issues arrest warrant for Toomoomba teen

Lawyers for a Toowoomba teenager who says he is performing aid work in Syria have called the issuing of an arrest warrant for him a political stunt.

The Australian Federal Police have released a statement confirming they have obtained the arrest warrant for 19 year old Oliver Bridgeman, a week after the Federal Government cancelled his passport.

Mr Bridgeman’s lawyer, Alex Jones from Bosscher Lawyers, says the government is doing everything possible to ensure his client remains stranded in Syria.

Doctors call for alcohol ad ban

A peak doctors group has called for a ban on alcohol advertising in live sport and an end to sponsorship of sports teams and events by alcohol companies.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians call comes after it released results of a survey that showed 61 percent of New South Wales residents were concerned about the influence of alcohol in Australian sport.

RACP President Nick Talley says a product that causes more 5000 deaths and 15,000 hospitalisations each year should not be promoted during sport.

Child care changes to leave families worse off

New research by an early childhood education peak body shows the Federal Government's proposed changes to child care will leave one third of families worse off.

The research commissioned by Early Childhood Australia found while 700,000 families would benefit or maintain the same level of support, 330,000 would suffer under the proposed Job for Families program.

Early Childhood Australia CEO, Samantha Page, said she was concerned a high number of children would miss out altogether.

The research will be presented at a Senate inquiry this morning.

Pistorius appeal denied

South Africa’s highest court has denied former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ request to appeal his murder conviction.

In December the supreme court of appeal found Pistorius guilty of the murder Reeva Steenkamp, overturning a previous conviction of manslaughter in the High Court.

Pistorius, currently on bail under house arrest, will face fresh sentencing for the murder conviction in April.

African elephants face threats to survival

New data shows African elephants face immediate threats to their survival.

Data released by the Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species shows poaching is responsible for about sixty per cent of elephant deaths, with at least twenty thousand elephants killed for ivory in 2015.

Secretary-general of the organisation, John Scanlon, said despite encouraging trends in East-African countries like Kenya, high levels of poaching are still evident in central and west Africa.

To the weather, it’s currently 26 degrees with a top of 30 today, with a slight chance of a shower this afternoon.