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Clive Palmer secures personal assets against refinery's debt
Clive Palmer’s troubled Yabulu nickel refinery has been spared after the businessman turned federal politician secured the refinery’s 23 million dollar debt against his own personal and business assets.
Mr Palmer removed the voluntary administrator yesterday afternoon, retaking control of the Townsville company which ran into financial troubles last year.
The administrator will continue to evaluate proposals put forward for the possible restructure or liquidation of the company.
Land sales shine light on Brisbane City Council tender process
A block of public land sold to a Liberal National Party donor without without going to tender in 2013 is landing the current Brisbane City Council in hot water.
The revelation follows a similar discovery last week of Council land being sold to a businessman with links to the LNP in a matter which has now been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission.
The Council denies all allegations of special treatment in both cases.
Oliver Bridgeman detention a "political stunt"
Lawyers for Queensland teenager Oliver Bridgeman, who is stuck in Syria without a passport, say the arrest warrant issued for his arrest is a “political stunt”.
Australian Federal Police issued the arrest warrant yesterday, saying it related to “incursions into foreign countries, with the intention of engaging in hostile activities”.
The 19-year-old, from Toowoomba, insists he is not involved in terrorism and claims he went to Syria to do aid work.
Remote Northern Territory town receives long-awaited boost
The Northern Territory Government has released three million dollars to a remote Indigenous community after residents of Elliott were left with crumbling houses under old funding rules.
The town received no new housing under a Federal Government program which is now being renegotiated across the country.
Elliott local councillor Bob Bagnall says the community hasn’t seen any new housing in 16 years.
Stowaway found in plane hold in Sweden
Swedish police say a stowaway has been found alive in the cargo hold of a passenger jet from Ethiopia.
The man was found in a freight container after the Ethiopian Airlines plane landed on Monday at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport.
Swedish police said they passed his asylum request on to immigration officials while they launched an investigation into suspected human smuggling.
Brazil commended for efforts against Zika but more research needed
Doctors from the US Centers for Disease Control are going from home to home, working with Brazilian health officials to find a possible link between the Zika Virus and Microcephaly in babies.
It has been 10 months since the first case of Zika was confirmed, but medical facilities here are struggling to cope, as there is still little information about Zika’s health consequences.
The Brazilian government has been commended by the World Health Organization for doing its best to handle a difficult situation, however its efforts do not seem to be making their way to the areas most affected.