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Rolf Harris Faces Eight New Charges and more at 11am Zedlines
72-year-old man charged after firing shots at his Capalaba residence
In local news, a 72-year-old man has been charged after firing two shots at his residence in Capalaba on Thursday afternoon.
Police were called to a shed at the Cassia Court residence, following reports a man had locked himself inside, allegedly armed with a gun.
The man surrendered himself to police at around 8pm last night.
Nobody was injured during the incident.
Stop the War on Refugees Rally
Protesters will rally in Brisbane on Sunday under the slogan, “Stop the War on Refugees” as part of the national Palm Sunday refugee rights day of protest.
Christmas Island Whistleblower Dr John Paul Sanggaran and Comedian Tom Ballard will be among a number of speakers calling for an end to refugee detention.
Sunday’s rally, organised by Queensland’s Refugee Action Collective, will start at Brisbane’s Queens Park at 1pm.
2015 Results of the Aged Care Approvals Released
Moving onto national news, the 2015 results of the Aged Care Approvals round have been released, with the Australian Government announcing over seventeen thousand new aged care places.
The new places have an estimated value of over nine hundred million dollars.
Minister for Aged Care Sussan (Su-zanne) Ley says the additional funding will benefit thousands of older Australians.
Department of Human Services fears industrial action will threaten Centrelink services
The Department of Human Services fears industrial action will threaten Centrelink services, resulting in delays and disruption for customers.
The Community and Public Sector Union is planning a full day work stoppage at the Department on Monday.
Among the list of demands, the Union will call for a pay increase and protection from workforce casualisation.
Department of Human Services spokesman Hank Jongen says the action further stretches resources and punishes people who need government support.
Mr Jongen says he is confident customers’ payments will occur as usual and that the best will be done to minimise disruptions to services.
Rolf Harris Faces Eight New Charges
Looking at the rest of the world, Australian entertainer Rolf Harris faces eight new indecent assault charges against women and children, with the attacks dating from 1971 to 2004.
Harris appeared on Thursday via video link to Westminster Magistrates Court from Stafford prison where he is serving a six-year sentence for sex offences.
Five of the charges come with a maximum two-year sentence and three carry a maximum of 10 years.
Harris will appear in court again on April 14.
New Zealand In Short Supply of Marijuana
New Zealand is reportedly in short supply of marijuana after a successful police crackdown on the illegal substance.
The island nation’s police seized over 9000 cannabis plants earlier this month, an increase from last year’s yield of 4000 plants.
The situation was first reported by staff writer at The Spinoff, Don Rowe, who says that the substance is almost unobtainable in any meaningful amount right now.
42% of adult New Zealanders are understood to have tried the substance, despite penalties ranging from a $500 fine for possession to a two-to-fourteen-year prison sentence for growth, cultivation, supply or manufacture.