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A team of up to 10 refugees is set to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Source: Flikr

Protest to opposed New Acland mine expansion

Protesters will rally outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday in support of landholders when their case against a proposed coal mine expansion begins.

The rally has been called by Lock the Gate Alliance in support of the landholders who are opposed to the expansion of the New Acland Coal Mine planned by New Hope Coal.

The rally will commence at 9am and the hearing is expected to run for ten weeks.

Researchers hopeful in fight against banana disease

Researchers remain hopeful for the future of banana farming after the discovery of soil disease Panama Tropical Race 4 in far north Queensland last year.

The deadly disease has been contained to a single banana farm in Tully Valley where it was detected a year ago, but some farmers are still concerned it will spread.

Magistrate attacks drug driver testing

A magistrate has attacked New South Wales government claims that cannabis can only be detected in saliva up to twelve hours after use.

Lismore magistrate David Heilpern said he had heard hundreds of cases in which testing had come up positive days or even weeks after the drug was last used.

The government is coming under increasing pressure as more drivers are testing positive without evidence that prior cannabis use impairs their driving ability.

Union representatives have reported workers in the Safe Schools Coalition anti-bullying program have been receiving abuse.

Northern Territory branch secretary of the Australian Services Union, Joseph Scales, says abusive behaviour has extended beyond the schoolyard to the professionals working to combat bullying.

Mr Scales claims the recent spike in abuse comes from people ideologically opposed to the program, rather than an uprising among parents and school communities.

Refugee team may compete in olympics

A team of refugees could compete in the 2016 olympics in Rio de Janeiro after their participation was approved by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

The team would be made up of stateless refugees and would compete under the IOC flag.

IOC president Thomas Bach says he hopes the team would send a message of hope to all the refugees in the world.

EU announces refugee aid

The European Union has announced $1 billion emergency humanitarian aid package to combat the current migrant crisis.

The funds will be allocated over the next three years to help Greece and other member states cope with the massive influx of migrants.

EU humanitarian aid commissioner Christos Stylianides says there is no time to waste in deploying the aid.