The Breakfast Club On The Move and more Zedlines

Redcliffe charity, The Breakfast Club will be moving from their community hall into a van to travel across South East Queensland to deliver essentials to the homeless.

The organisation which serves over 900 meals every month to those in need and has just received a grant from the State Government’s Dignity First Fund to help purchase a van.

Chairwoman, Ros Thomsen, says the new set of wheels will help them expand their services to harder to reach areas from Brighton to Deception Bay.

The van will also be used to help move furniture for people who find housing and transport donations.

 

Sunshine Coast Police praised by domestic violence offender
A domestic violence offender has praised the new Sunshine Coast Police unit for working with perpetrators.

Jeffery Lecke has admitted to being in denial about hitting his wife, and admits he likely would have broken the domestic violence order keeping them apart had it not been for the newly formed vulnerable person unit.

Mr Lecke said the unit approached him after he went to court, he says the unit’s officers helped explain what happened in court and helped him seek help for his underlying issues.

 

Major overhaul of Queensland’s Parole SystemThe Palaszczuk government has announced a complete overhaul of Queensland’s Parole system.

According to a joint statement, the reform will implement almost all of the recommendations given in last year’s parole system review by Mr Walter Sofronoff QC.

Michael Byrne QC will serve as the Parole Board’s President-Designate and oversee the establishment of the new system and its administrative branches.

Among the accepted recommendations is the “no body, no parole” policy which will penalise murder and manslaughter convicts for being uncooperative.

 

Clive Palmer claims no memory of why 15 million US Dollars was moved to personal account

Former federal MP Clive Palmer has claimed he cannot recall why he transferred $15m USD from Queensland Nickel to a personal bank account in Hong Kong.

Mr Palmer is being questioned in a federal court over a range of payments made from Queensland Nickel to himself personally, his father-in-law and other companies he owns.

Queensland Nickel went into voluntary administration last year, with debts of over $300m and the loss of 800 Townsville refinery jobs.

 

Mexican Immigrant to sue US over wrongful arrest
A mexican immigrant is suing the US Government after he was detained, despite holding special status protecting him from deportation.

Daniel Ramirez was arrested in his father’s home in Seattle on Friday, his attorneys say the arrest violates his constitutional rights to work and live in the US without fear of arrest or deportation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents arrived at the home to arrest Mr Ramirez’s father, but also took him into custody disregarding his work permit under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.

US Immigration authorities arrested at least 680 people across the country last week.

 

Syrian Talks Delayed

Talks on the Syrian crisis involving Russia, Iran, and Turkey were due to start in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on Wednesday have been delayed by one day.

A Spokesperson for Kazakh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the negotiations have been moved due to technical reasons.

Syrian rebels have created doubt as to whether they will attend after accusing Russia of failing to get Damascus to comply fully with a ceasefire or take any confidence-building steps on Monday.