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The Queensland Police Service has launched a new recruiting drive to encourage more women to consider policing as a career

QPS launches recruitment drive for women


The Queensland Police Service has launched a new recruiting drive to encourage more women to consider policing as a career.

In Queensland, roughly one in four police are women. The That Could be Me Campaign, coinciding with Queensland Women's Week, aims to bring that ratio to 50 per cent.

Superintendent Glen Katchell of Townsville, says that of the 12,000 police officers in Queensland, about 3,000 are women.

He says he is not aware of any job in the QPS that women could not do.


Pearson criticises land-clearing laws

Prominent Cape York Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has hit out against the tightening of Queensland's tree clearing laws, arguing the changes could hurt Indigenous people trying to break out of poverty.

The State Government wants to make it harder for landholders, such as farmers, to clear native vegetation to make way for new agriculture projects.

Mr Pearson said landholders, whether Indigenous or non-Indigenous, were better placed than politicians in Brisbane to say what was best for their land.


Lead guitarist of Daddy Cool dies

Ross Hannaford, the lead guitarist of Daddy Cool, a trail blazing Australian band of the 1970s, has died of cancer at the age of sixty-five. Hannaford formed Daddy Cool in 1970 with Ross Wilson. The band’s debut album was the biggest selling Australian record to that time and they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006. In recent years, as well as continuing to record and release solo records, Hannaford took to busking on the streets of Melbourne.


Asylum seeker deal would contravene law: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency says the European Union's deal to send back asylum seekers en masse to Turkey would contravene their right to protection under European and international law.

European Union leaders welcomed Turkey's offer on Monday to take back all asylum seekers who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Turkey's demands for more money, faster EU membership talks, and quicker visa-free travel in return.

Vincent Cochetel, Europe regional director of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), says that Europe's commitment to resettle 20,000 asylum seekers over two years, on a voluntary basis, remains "very low".


International Women’s Day celebrations continue around the globe

Activities to mark International Women’s Day continue around the globe.  In London, the Women of the World Festival has got underway. The weeklong series of events includes a session featuring Muslim women involved in the sport of fencing, an examination of the barriers faced by women of colour and a multitude of events showcasing women in poetry, music, dance, activism and social change.

And don’t forget 4ZZZ’s own Run the World program for Queensland Women’s Week continues, with a No Lights No Lycra dance party in West End tonight, a screening at the Crowbar tomorrow night of The Punk Singer, a movie about Kathleen Hanna, the pioneering frontwoman of riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, and a special Sisters gig at the Bearded Lady on Thursday night.