Department rejects parents’ calls to change religious education and more 10AM Zedlines

The Department of Education and Training says they have no intention to change religious instruction in Queesland schools (Source: Public Domain Pictures)

Shelter for homeless teens closing down

A shelter for homeless teenagers in far north Queensland is closing down due to a lack of funding.

The Cairns youth shelter provides a home for up to six disadvantaged young people while they finish school or university studies.

Founder Dr Harald Falge said the charity helped more than 200 teenagers, however poor health and lack of resources are seeing the shelter close its doors.


Department rejects parents’ calls to change religious education

Calls to change religious instruction in Queensland schools have been knocked back by the Department of Education and Training.

A spokesperson for the department said there are no plans to change the delivery of religious education, despite an increasing number of complaints from parents.

The department said parents can change their child’s participation in religion by notifying the school in writing.


ANZ estimates a $100 million increase on bad debts

Major banking corporation ANZ warns that bad debt charges will rise by an additional one hundred million dollars to an existing eight hundred million dollar figure.

The additional charges reflect a downturn in commodities affected by local and multinational resource-related exposures.

Acting Chief Financial officer Graham Hodges said they will continue to monitor ANZ’s exposures and update investors with any developments in the credit outlook.


Police officer breaks alcohol ban in Indigenous community

A Queensland police officer has been charged for allegedly breaching the alcohol ban in an Aboriginal community and not securing a licensed gun.

The 24-year-old Constable from the northern region was stood down from official duty.

The maximum penalty for possession is upwards of forty thousand dollars for a first offence and vehicles found carrying alcohol into a restricted area can be confiscated.


Vietnamese blogger jailed after post

A popular Vietnamese blogger has been sentenced to five years jail for criticising the government’s harsh treatment of critics.

A former police officer and son of a late cabinet minister, Nguyen Huu Vinh Thuy was accused of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state.

Commonly known as Anh Bah Sam, Nguyen runs blogs on citizens rights and Vietnamese history.


Poland rejects refugees following Brussels attacks

Poland is no longer prepared to take the seven thousand refugees it agreed to accept in negotiations with the EU after the deadly Brussels attacks.

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said she did not see any possibility for the refugees to come to Poland after explosions at the Belgian capital on Tuesday, according to a Polish broadcaster.

Poland had originally planned to admit an initial four-hundred refugees this year, with the rest expected to enter the country over the next three years.