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Mines approved for Queensland will destroy irreplaceable habitat for the endangered Black Throated Finch. Source: Wikicommons

Accused one-punch killer to stay at Arthur Gorrie

The lawyer of the accused one-punch killer of brisbane teenager Cole Miller says high security jail is preferable to immigration detention for his client.

Daniel Maxwell, a New Zealand National, withdrew a bid for bail after an email from Australian Border Force advised that he would be taken into immigration detention if released from Wacol’s Arthur Gorrie correctional centre.

Mr Maxwell’s lawyer said it would be much more difficult to access his client if he was placed into immigration detention.

Wild weather hits Far North Queensland

Two hundred millimetres of rainfall has been recorded in parts of far north Queensland as ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston nears the coast.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for the Northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands and the Herbert and Lower Burdekin as it is predicted the weather system will continue to move inland today.

Qld coal mines to wipe out endangered finch

New research has shown that proposed coalmines in Queensland, including the Adani Carmichael mine, would wipe out most of the remaining habitat for the endangered black-throated finch.

The research out of James Cook University in Townsville found that biodiversity offsetting, which was part of the approval agreement for the Carmichael mine, was not possible.

A report authors said the finch’s chances of surviving the proposed mines was very low, and that it had already lost 80 percent of its global habitat and was extinct in New South Wales.

PNG calls for Manus closure

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has called for an eventual close to the Manus Island regional processing centre.

Mr O'Neill clarified statements made at Australia's National Press Club, saying the centre has damaged Papua New Guinea’s reputation and its eventual closure would be necessary.

He says while the PNG Government will contribute, it does not have the necessary resources to resettle the refugees and cannot hold them indefinitely.

Australian Government figures released earlier this year showed the average time spent in detention reached a record high of 446 days.

Smith & Wesson doubles profits

Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson has announced its latest quarter profits have doubled from the same period last year.

The period covered by the announcement included the San Bernadino massacre in which 14 people were killed and 22 injured by a gunman using a Smith & Wesson assault rifle.

The company’s British chief executive said the company’s performance was driven by what it called healthy consumer demand.

Security Council passes toughest sanctions on N Korea

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted on the toughest sanctions on North Korea in decades.

North Korea launched a volley of missiles into the sea following the announcement.

The resolution bans the export of iron, coal and other minerals to North Korea as well as as fuel exports.