Telescope to enhance search for distant planets and more Zedlines

One of the world’s largest telescopes will be altered to allow it to search for habitable planets in the nearest star system. (Image Source: Flickr)

The European Space Observatory’s telescope in Chile will now be able to more effectively search for planets in Alpha Centauri.

The changes will permit the telescope to drown out stellar light that affects the visibility of dimmer planets, increasing their visibility from Earth.

Further advancements planned for the 2020’s will enhance astronomers’ understanding on the nature of the star system.

Wall Collapses at Brisbane School

An eight metre-high brick wall has collapsed at Coorparoo school Villanova College. The wall situated over the seniors’ area, classrooms and tuckshop would have caused devastating effects if it had happened during the school year.

It is understood that Hutchinson Builders did not use non-galvanised steel when the original construction was completed in 2012.

Principal Mark Stower says the timing of the event could be considered ‘the Grace of God’ and is relieved it took place during the quietest time of year.

Brisbane’s Olympic bid still alive

Brisbane’s proposed bid to host the 2028 Olympic games is well and truly alive according to Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio.

Mr Antonio believes the chance of hosting the games should be a key talking point in the next state election despite a believed shortfall in funding a $2.5 million feasibility study into the bid.

Brisbane City Council has committed $870,000 to the study but the rejection from both Gold Coast and Logan City councils to foot their part of the bill leaves an estimated $600,000 hole.

A state election is not due until May 2018, but Queenslanders are expected to go to the polls this year.

Julie Bishop accused of misusing tax dollars for Portsea Polo trip

The hole just keeps getting bigger for Federal MPs with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop the latest to be accused of misusing tax dollars.

Ms Bishop is accused of charging taxpayers $2,700 to attend the Portsea Polo on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula for ‘official ministerial business.’

A Department of Finance report shows taxpayers were charged for flights, a car and travel allowances.

A short statement released by the Minister’s office shows that Ms Bishop believes she has not broken any rules.

Centrelink now telling welfare recipients to hold onto payslips indefnitely

Centrelink is again under scrutiny after delivering flawed advice to welfare recipients suggesting they should keep payslips for six months.

The online advice conflicted with the government's efforts to recover debts from up to six years ago and consequently has since been removed.

The incident adds increased pressure on the government to reform their automated debt recovery system with the Greens believing the issue should be referred to a Senate inquiry.

Ethics lawyers warn of nepotism in Oval Office

Alarms continue to sound as the makeup of US President Elect Donald Trump’s transitionary team begins to take shape.

Daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner are set to become one of the country’s most powerful couples as Mr Kushner was on Monday announced as senior advisor to the President.

Ethics lawyers believe the Kushner’s appointment would breach anti-nepotism laws which prohibits the leader of any public office from hiring family members to that agency.

Mr Kushner says he intends to divest his assets before entering the White House.