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Raw milk producers are taking their fight back to the courts in a bid to legalise unpasteurised milk. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Helen Abrahams unveils fig tree street art

Helen Abrahams has unveiled West End’s newest piece of street art in one of her last acts as local councillor.

The steel frame sculpture, created by Gabriele Trabucco, uses the base of a poisoned fig as a starting point and continues towards the sky.

The artwork was created from the remnants of the fig tree in Mollison Street, West End, which was poisoned in 2012.

Split Queensland state unlikely

A debate to split Queensland into two states is back on the agenda in the Queensland parliament.

With four North Queensland crossbenchers holding the balance of power in a deadlocked Queensland parliament of 42 seats for the major parties, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has dismissed talks about a split state with a renewed focus on unification.

With a federal election due in October, and support for a united state dwindling, it appears unlikely that a split will happen.

Fijian Workers told to work for Company accused of exploitation or go home

Seasonal workers from Fiji who were paid less than $10 a week have been told to go back to work for the contractor accused of exploiting them or go home.

Investigations last month revealed many of the workers received little to no pay while picking fruit and vegetables for AFS contracting in Victoria.

Representatives from the Departments of Employment and Immigration told the workers they don’t have long to make a decision.

Raw milk producers take fight to cups and courts

Raw milk producers are taking their fight back to the courts in a bid to legalise unpasteurised milk.

Currently it is illegal to sell unpasteurised milk, however farmers are allowed to drink their own produce, a loophole currently being utilised in South Australia, while legislation is debated in the courts.

One particular farmer has taken to selling shares in cows so consumers are merely drinking their own produce, rather than selling the raw milk directly in a bid to meet rising consumer demand for the illegal product.

Bombing kills 65 in Lahore

At least 65 people have been killed and approximately 300 are injured after a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan.

The attack occurred outside Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, last night at about 6:40 local time, where the Christian community were out to celebrate Easter.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, The Pakistani Taliban faction, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Punjab provincial health advisor, Salman Rafique, says most of those dead and injured are women and children.

Protestors clash with Belgian police at peace vigil

Belgian police have used a water cannon on protesters who hijacked a vigil in Brussels commemorating the victims of last Tuesday’s bombings.

Though the rally was cancelled by organisers many still arrived to express peace and solidarity, a mood not echoed by one group who entered the square shouting anti-immigrant slogans and carrying banners denouncing the Islamic State.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel strongly condemned the actions of the group, as police across the country carried out 13 new raids while investigations into the attacks continue.