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FBI may be able to bypass Apple security
Local teens selected for Indigenous Student Ambassador Network
Two Woodcrest students have been selected to represent the Springfield community as part of the Indigenous Student Ambassador Network.
Angel Manning and Jaymez Sauvao both reported they were excited about the opportunity to join other Aboriginal students in promoting Indigenous culture across Australia.
Ms Manning says she’s excited to begin the program, and would like to push for greater inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in the school’s decision-making process.
Families encouraged to spend more holidays in outback Queensland
The Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA) is releasing a media campaign to motivate Queensland families to experience the outback.
After a growing number of tourist visits to the country last year, the OQTA has responded by campaigning to parents and children through social media such as Facebook.
A Brisbane family will be travelling through the outback, and will ask for future destinations on Facebook.
Outback traveller Kellie Stephenson says families opt out of the outback experience due to long-work hours, mortgages and other responsibilities, but also says taking the journey can reinforce family relationships.
Search for missing plane off of Byron Bay coast
A land, air and sea search was conducted last night for a single-engine Cessna airplane after it took off from Lismore airport on Monday afternoon around 4:30pm and failed to return.
The plane has still not been located after initial searches.
It is suspected that the pilot was the only person aboard the plane.
The search was launched by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Monday night and has resumed this morning.
AMSA Spokesman, Sam Cardwell says it is a large scale search involving five helicopters, an AMSA plane from far north Queensland with two boats joining the search.
Introduction of new sex offender laws
The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to manage and supervise serious sex offenders in order to reinforce community safety.
New introductions to the law include 12 month jail terms for breaches of supervision orders, police detainment for serious sex offenders without charge raised from 10 hours to 72, and violent behaviour or offences will be considered a breach of supervision.
The new laws come following the death of Masa Vukotic a Melbourne school girl who was murdered by a convicted rapist with a history of violence, who was living in the community on a supervision order last year.
American millionaires ask New York Governor to raise their taxes
More than 40 millionaires have come together to write an open letter to the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to raise the taxes on wealthy people.
The group of millionaires are pushing for a raise on tax to provide for infrastructure, education and anti-poverty programs, and say they are “deeply concerned” when it comes to struggling New Yorkers.
The open letter, signed by some of the top 1% of America’s wealth, including Leo Hindery, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney, expressed the need for millionaires to contribute to the public sector because they have both the ability and responsibility to pay their fair share.
The Fiscal Policy Institute organised the open letter, and calls the proposal the ‘1 per cent plan’, where New York’s highest income tax rate would be raised from 8.82 per cent to 9.99 per cent.
FBI may be able to bypass Apple security
The FBI says it may have discovered a way to unlock the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone without Apple’s assistance.
Following a month of debate between Apple and the United States Justice Department (DOJ), prosecutors have filed a request to postpone Tuesday’s trial.
The DOJ say they have new leads in the case, which will allow them to access the phone records of Syed Farook, who killed 14 people and wounded 22 last year.
Due to existing software, Apple would need to write new software without some security features to access the phone.