New research likens land clearing rates in Queensland to those in Brazil and more Zedlines...

Queensland has been rated as a “contemporary hot spot” for land clearing and is on par with places like Brazil. 

According to Doctor April Reside from the University of Queensland, land clearing rates in Queensland are the highest that it has been in the last ten years.
 
Queensland has the largest land clearing emission rates in Australia which threatens 95 species of animal, and 12 species of plant.
 
With land clearing rates the highest they have been in ten years, Doctor Reside believes drastic changes are necessary in order to save the threatened species and protect the habitat.

 

Drop in mobile phone offences thanks to hands-free devices.

Queenslanders are resisting the urge to check their phones while behind the wheel according to new research. 

Statistics from the Department of Transport and Main Roads showed the number of mobile phone offences recorded by the police between 2012 and 2016 had declined by 35% over the five-year period.

However, the data illustrate the Gold Coast as a hotspot for drivers distracted by their phones. 

Queensland police believe the increase of access to hands-free systems installed in cars has contributed to the decrease.

 

ALP calls for hearing into building material following Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The Australian Labor Party will today call for an urgent public hearing examining building cladding material, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

Senator Chris Ketter said he wanted to schedule an urgent hearing to hear from the experts what actions needed to be taken to avoid a similar disaster occurring in Australia.

In a statement, Ketter said the Turnbull government is responsible for the national building code, and therefore needs to step up.

 

Criticism of Victorian Government’s drug policing policy

Leader of the Australian Sex Party and Victorian MP Fiona Patten has slammed the Victorian Government’s hypocrisy on festival drug deaths.

Patten states “The most dangerous substances come in the smallest of quantities that easily slip past searches. It also means the tiniest fraction is the difference between a good time and death.”

People in clubs already moving to GHB and other substances that sniffer dogs can’t detect. These substances, cut with unknown drugs, are killing people. The increased risk is a direct result of policing policy

Former Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay states you can’t arrest your way out of a drug problem,” “Yet the MP continues to try.

 

London Protests in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire

Protests over the Grenfell Tower fire in London continue, with demonstrators planning to shut down London for a day.

Organisers of what is being called a “day of rage” are encouraging people to walk off the job and out of school to flood the streets of the capital to protest the Theresa May government.  

At least 58 people remain missing and feared dead after the extreme residential fire last Wednesday, with the death toll expected to eclipse 100.

Mali resort hit by terror attack

At least two people have been killed in a terror attack at a luxury resort frequented by tourists in Mali. 

security ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said "The first victim was a French-Gabonese citizen and we are in the process of confirming the other's victims nationality.”

Residents in the area claim that there were shots fired and smoke could be seen in the air.  

A witness from a neighboring resort said "Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way," "The situation is under control."