Malaysia to inspect possible debris of MH370 plane in South Africa - and more 9am Zedlines.

A piece of debris was found along the southern coast of South Africa, raising speculation that it may be linked to the missing Malaysian airline MH370.

Brisbane man successfully appeals revoked visa

Chilean Ricardo Bolvaran has successfully appealed the revocation of his visa and should return to Brisbane.

The 42 year old had spent the last 41 years of his life in Australia when he was deported for drug-related offences last year.

The recovering ice addict is having trouble obtaining a resident return visa from the Australian embassy in Chile, as he does not have Australian citizenship or passport.

Bolvaran is hopeful of his return after the appeal but says he is controlling his excitement until he arrives back on Australian soil.

 

Greens close to having first candidate elected to QLD government

Votes are still being counted in the Brisbane City Council’s Gabba ward, as Greens candidate Jonathon Sri moves closer to a historic win.

At close of counting last night, Liberal Party candidate Sean Jacobs held a narrow lead of just  868, with 73% of primary votes counted and before absentee, postal votes and preferences have been considered

The deadline for receipt of postal votes closed yesterday, so it’s unlikely a final result will be known for several days.  

 

Government to consider collecting HECS from deceased

The government is considering the recovery of student debts from deceased persons, in the same way as other debts, such as mortgages,  credit cards and unsecured loans are repaid upon death.

Currently a person's HECS debts are written off when they die, however under the proposed changes, deceased estates worth over 100 thousand dollars would be required to contribute to any outstanding HECS debt.  It's estimated this could recoup up to 800 million dollars a year for the government.

 

Swedish company Glencore accused of unlawful dealings

The Australian Indigenous Resources Proprietary Company has submitted an inquiry against the Swiss-based mining corporation Glencore over their mining operations in Cape York.

The AIR had struck an agreement with the traditional owners and was backed by the largest mining company in the area Thiess, however their bid was unsuccessful.

Their claim suggests that Glencore was pulled aside and given the chance to make an “enhanced offer” by the mining contractor.

Glencore has defended its role in the bidding, insisting they won the rights based on the merit of their proposal. AIR chairman Nick Stump expressed concern that the indigenous parties would be ignored and insists the matter be investigated further.

 

Over 70 million Indians without access to drinking water

International charity Water Aid has released a report finding over 75 million Indian citizens have no access to clean drinking water.

More than five percent of the county's 1.25 billion people are forced to either purchase water at expensive rates or use contaminated sources.

According to the report, people living in poorer areas of the country spend over  20 percent of their daily wage to buy water, which can can cost 70 cents for 50 liters, over seven times the rate Brisbane residents pay.

 

Malaysia to inspect possible debris of MH370 plane in South Africa.

A piece of debris was found along the southern coast of South Africa, raising speculation that it may be linked to the missing Malaysian airline MH370.

The wreckage was discovered near the town of Mosselbay yesterday.

The Malaysian transport ministry said in a statement that the debris could be from an inlet cowling of an aircraft engine.

Further investigation is yet to take place to verify if the debris belonged to the MH370 which disappeared two years ago.

The flight was taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing when it had disappeared with 239 passengers and crew on board.