According to Brisbane top Schools; Op’s do not show the full story - And more 11am Zedlines...

THE principals of top south-east Queensland private schools have questioned the importance being placed on OP scores, arguing there are more pathways to a successful career than just a high OP score. (Image source: Creative Commons)

Local News

According to Brisbane top Schools; Op’s do not show the full story.

THE principals of top south-east Queensland private schools have questioned the importance being placed on OP scores, arguing there are more pathways to a successful career than just a high OP score.

John Paul College headmaster Peter Foster and Calvary Christian College principal Steven Coote say OP testing is too rigid to determine a student’s full capabilities and their schools are focused on ensuring students were able to flourish in their studies after school.
He says the standardized testing is not there to identify what individuals can do and is only there to look at the things to which they conform and it couldn't assess key skills such as critical thinking or advanced problem solving.
Black lung disease on the rise in Queensland because of captive regulators: Senator
An inquiry into the re-emergence of pneumoconiosis or black lung disease among Queensland coal miners has prompted one senator to claim the state’s mines department is under the thumb of the mining industry.

Six cases of black lung disease have been recorded in Queensland in less than one year, the first cases in the state in three decades.

Evidence submitted to the Senate Select inquiry showed eight out of 10 coal mines operated significantly over national standards of coal dust despite no Queensland mine being fined.
National News

Voter confidence in the prime minister hits a five-month low

A poll, published in The Australian on Tuesday, shows satisfaction with Mr. Turnbull’s performance has slumped to 44 per cent, a fall of four points in the past fortnight and 16 points since his peak in mid-November.

Despite the jump in dissatisfaction ratings, Mr. Turnbull remains the preferred prime minister, 55 percent to Mr. Shorten’s 21.  

Mr. Shorten has accused Mr. Turnbull of abandoning his former views on the environment and gay marriage, and that he has been no different to Mr. Abbott.

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Plans to reduce fines for coal seam gas rule-breakers in New South Wales

The New South Wales government are proposing changes to penalties for coal seam gas companies who mine land without permission, which could see million dollar fines reduced to just $5000.

The state’s energy minister Anthony Roberts also recently revealed plans to tighten restrictions on anti-CSG protesters as mine approvals across New South Wales continue to anger locals and environmentalists.

Principal solicitor for the state branch of the Environmental Defenders Office says the new regulations on protesters amount to an intrusion on civil liberties.

International News

Time is running out for the animals at the Gaza Zoo

War and economic hardship have dried up ticket sales at the Gaza Zoo, and with no money, food is in short supply. Many of the animals have died...and been stuffed for display.

As a last resort, zoo owner Mohammad Oweida has had to put his tiger, deer, ostriches, and pelicans up for sale. He says if he can sell his tiger for the asking price of $23,000, there could still be hope for the others. Although he can't say for how long.

Today, only 15 of the animals remain. Most of which were smuggled in along the Egyptian border through tunnels have died since the flare-up of violence between Israelis and Palestinians that began in 2014.

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Sharp increase in ex-Guantanamo inmates becoming militants

The Obama administration has revealed the number of Guantanamo inmates who have returned to extremism after release has doubled in the last year.

There are now 12 out of 144 ex-inmates of the notorious US-run detention facility confirmed to be engaging in militant activity, although it is not known who they are fighting for or where.

Plans to relocate the base to US soil are underway, with a proposal pending approval from Congress.