Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said she urges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Years 5 to 12 to talk to their local library and schools about participating in the coding and robotics programs.


LNP QLD rejects immigration ban, passes headscarf ban on children

The Liberal National party state conference in Queensland has called for a ban on headscarves for children under the age of 10.

The main resolution, which had called for a federal immigration ban on countries practicing sharia law, was defeated by an overwhelming majority, but an emergency resolution calling for the ban of headscarves on young children was passed.

The delegate, Brooke Patterson, who pushed to adopt the headscarf ban says we need to debate this now or else in three months there will be a Muslim uniform in state schools in Queensland.


Refugee Swap Deal

The Government has dismissed rumours that the refugee swap deal between Australia and the United States may not go ahead after American immigration officials left Nauru two weeks earlier than scheduled.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services released a statement stating that the refugee program will continue and that officials will return to Nauru.

Their departure came the day after the US Government announced that it has already reached its lowered intake quota of 50 000 refugees for the fiscal year.

The swap is intended to assist Australia close both Manus and Nauru which are costly to run and have received widespread criticism by the United Nations over the treatment of detainees.

The US Government has confirmed that the new intake year will not begin until October 1.


Defence Force Response to Domestic Terrorism

Special Forces soldiers will deliver specialised training to state and territory police in accordance with proposed legislative changes designed to improve the military’s ability to assist in responding to incidents of domestic terrorism.

The Turnbull Government will today reveal the development of the Australian Defence Force’s role in helping police respond to threats, including making it simpler for troops to be deployed under “call out” powers.

This is the first overhaul of the ADF’s role in counter-terrorism arrangements since 2005.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan believes flexible arrangements are essential to the safety of our country against terrorism, however maintains that police commanders would still take the lead when responding to incidents of future terrorism in Australia.


Turkish Sackings

Turkish authorities have fired over 7000 civil servants for alleged links to terror groups as the country marks the first anniversary of defeating last year’s coup attempt.

Over the weekend, tens of thousands joined a national unity march in Istanbul to celebrate the anniversary while Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of the opposition joined in unity to commemorate the occasion.

The country came together in a weekend of events to mark the night of July 15, 2016 whereby thousands of unarmed civilians took to the streets to confront rebel soldiers who commandeered tanks and warplanes and bombed parliament attempting to gain power.

More than 240 people died before the coup was defeated, however the President insists the ultimate legacy of the coup has been the extensive crackdown on terrorism.


South China Sea Renamed

Indonesia has renamed the northern stretches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea in the most recent act of defiance to China’s territorial desires in the maritime area.

Part of the renamed sea is claimed by China under its controversial maritime borderline, known as the “nine-dash line” that holds most of the resource-rich sea.

Several South-East Asian states challenge China’s territorial claims and are contending with China to utilise the South China Sea’s rich fishing and hydrocarbon resources.

The Deputy of Maritime Sovereignty at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Arif Havas Oegroseno noted the northern side of its exclusive economic boundary was the location of oil and gas activity.