Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

A petition urging Westpac not to fund Adani - the company behind the coal mega-mine that may destroy the Great Barrier Reef - has passed 4000 signatures.

Adani is under investigation for crime and corruption, but Westpac bank has not ruled out assisting the company with funding.

Eight hundred more signatures are required to reach the petition’s goal of 5000 people.

Andrew Laming receives backlash over pot-shot at teachers

Federal member for Bowman Andrew Laming has incited backlash on social media after questioning whether teachers were back at work.

The Brisbane-based Minister wrote on Facebook “Are teachers back at work this week” or are they lesson planning from home?”

The post, which has since been deleted, sparked outrage online, most notably at the Minister referring to lesson planning in inverted commas.

State Education Minister Kate Jones has labelled the comments as a cheap-shot.

Compulsory psychological testing on residential carers implemented in South Australia

Department CEO Cathy Taylor says the testing, which has already been trialed on those employed within the past year will now be mandatory across the board.

Ms Taylor says the process will be implemented to ensure the safety of all children in residential care.

Child Development Minister Susan Close has also supported the decision.

Government to clarify on ‘official business’

We are finally set to understand the meaning of ‘official business’ as the Turnbull Government says it will reform the parliamentary expenses system.

Acting Special Minister of State Kelly O’Dwyer says the Coalition would look to implement the recommendations made in last year’s review of the system.

The can of worms re-opened this week following allegations of misuse by MP Sussan Ley, the former Health Minister who has since stood down.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale says the latest allegations join a long list of reasons backing the introduction of a national anti-corruption watchdog.

 

Palestine warns Trump to not move US embassy in Isreal

US President-Elect Donald Trump’s possible relocation of the United States’ Israeli embassy could have damning effects in the region.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s recognition of Israel, a key part of the Oslo Peace Agreement, could be in jeopardy should the embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian officials have warned of the relocation to what they see as their future capital city, as it would recognise Israel’s claim to the annexed city.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh said the move would provoke a reaction.