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A referendum for a longer parliamentary term looks set to be adopted in Queensland. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

LNP dismisses Labor’s bid against flyers:

The LNP declared Labor’s bid against their registered flyers as dirty politics, a desperate tactic, and a failed smear campaign.

A pamphlet distributed by Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk declared legitimate by the Supreme Court, despite Labor’s claim it was not registered with the Electoral Commission of Queensland by the deadline.

Labor campaign director Evan Moorhead says the Liberal National Party pamphlet aimed to prop up support in Tennyson on Election Day after LNP candidate Ashley Higgins resigned amid a scandal involving explicit photos he sent to a teenage boy.

Referendum set to be adopted for longer parliamentary term:

A referendum for a longer parliamentary term looks set to be adopted in Queensland.

Instead of the current system where state parliament serves in a fixed three year term, parliament will serve four year terms.

A majority of Queenslanders appear to have voted yes to the campaign which is backed by both major parties, unions and businesses.

Katter’s Australia Party argues an agreement allowing governments to stay in power a year longer is a terrible result for democracy.

Record-breaking autumn temperatures have long ranging consequences:

The Climate Council has warned record-breaking autumn temperatures across Australia could have long ranging consequences.

The Climate Council’s Tim Flannery says El Nino weather patterns have caused Australia to heat up in autumn, and this could lead to a summer with potentially very low ice volumes in the Arctic Ocean. 

Exacerbated by a background level of greenhouse gases that is capturing more and more heat, Mr Flannery warns we are now living in a new climate with droughts, shrinking glaciers and enhanced fire conditions becoming an increasing threat.

Commonwealth Public Sector members on strike:

The Community and Public Sector Union is warning of possible disruptions at Government Departments today as members across the Commonwealth Public Sector go on strike. 

Industrial action by key Commonwealth agencies, including Medicare, Centrelink and the Tax office will be followed by weeks of rolling strikes by Immigration and Border Force staff at International airports over the Easter holidays.

CPSU spokesperson Nadine Flood says the strikes are a result of public servants’ frustration with the Federal Government’s attack on their bargaining rights, over the last two years.

Lebanese government removes rubbish in Beirut:

Tonnes of rubbish are being removed from the streets of Beirut and back to a large landfill as part of a government plan to end an eight-month crisis which has caused repeated and widespread protest. 

Environmental experts and civil society activists have lashed out at the plan, claiming it does nothing to alleviate the ecological concerns that arose from using landfills originally. 

With plans for two more landfills to be opened, activists are demanding long-term solutions, including investment in better recycling techniques and the transfer of waste management duties to towns and cities. 

Thai Mekong diversion concerns southern neighbours:

Thailand has begun pumping water from the Mekong River in a bid to improve drought conditions, raising concerns from countries downstream as the waterway sees its lowest levels in 90 years. 

The temporary pumps are slated for replacement in the next two years with a pumping station which could divert 150 cubic metres per second from the Mekong into the Huai Luang River in the country's north, out of reach of countries like Vietnam or Cambodia.

According to the Mekong River Commission, Vietnam has recorded its lowest river levels since 1926 with river salinity, worsened by rising sea levels, this year threatening to intrude as far north as the Cambodian border.