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Japan is due to dispatch a new high-tech submarine to Sydney in a bid to secure the contract to build the replacement to Australia’s Collins Class fleet. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Queensland residents likely to reject change to parliamentary terms

A new poll suggests Queensland residents are likely reject a move to fixed, four year parliamentary terms.

The poll found 43 per cent of respondents are against giving state governments an additional year in power, and 16 per cent remain undecided ahead of Saturday's referendum.

Queensland's two Katter party MPs say voters must reject longer parliamentary terms because the state lacks an upper house to hold governments to account between elections.

New laws to protect students from sexual assault

Details of sexual assaults in Queensland schools have been revealed, with new laws to strengthen the protection of Queensland’s students to be introduced this year.

Sixteen substantiated cases of paedophilia and sexual behaviour in schools have been finalised in less than two years, with the details laid bare in Right to Information documents.

State Education Minister Kate Jones is pushing for some of the strongest child protection policies in the country, and says the new policies will strengthen the ability of the Queensland College of Teachers to act in the best interest of children.

Japanese subs to join Australian training exercise

Japan is due to dispatch a new high-tech submarine to Sydney in a bid to secure the contract to build the replacement to Australia’s Collins Class fleet.

The Soryu (SOARY-YOO) Class submarine is set to be part of a joint training exercise between the Royal Australian Air force and Royal Australian Navy as means of a test.

The Japanese force reportedly will contain two destroyers, and two helicopters as well as the Soyu submarine JS Hakuryu (HA-KURY-YOO).

Treaty the only way forward, activist says

An Indigenous activist speaking in Redfern today says Treaty is the only way for non-indigenous and indigenous Australians to accept and negotiate with one another.

Yingiya Mark Guyula, a Yolngu Nations Assembly spokesperson, is joining forces with four other indigenous activists as part of Treaty Now!, a nationwide Treaty awareness and fundraising tour.

The Treaty Now! tour, is currently travelling around Australia and will wrap up tomorrow night at the New South Wales Trades Hall, in the Sydney CBD.

Underwater craters offer Bermuda triangle explanation

A discovery of giant underwater craters at the bottom of Barents Sea off the coast of Norway could offer a viable explanation to the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda triangle, scientists suggest.

Researchers from the Arctic University of Norway told reporters that these craters are believed to have been caused by build ups of methane off the coast of Norway.

The explosions of methane causing the craters to open up could potentially pose risks to vessels travelling on Barents Sea and could possibly explain the loss of ships and aircraft in the controversial area.

French workers face possible jail time for refusal to cooperate with police

In France a possible five year jail sentence could be handed to employees of companies for refusal to decrypt data for police under the new legislation proposal from conservative legislators.

Telecom companies would receive their own penalties and could face up to two years in prison.

Headed by conservatives, it is not clear if the new legislation opposed by the current government will make it through to law.

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