Brisbane City Council Workers Plan More Strikes

Brisbane bus drivers will not collect fares between Wednesday and Friday this week, and more Brisbane council workers are planning strikes.

Cleaning and administration services in Brisbane will be affected as the Services Union, Professionals Australia, Electrical Trade Union and Australian Workers Union strike with Transport Workers as disagreements over an enterprise bargaining agreement continue.

The strikes mean that many public areas in Brisbane will not be cleaned and staff are refusing to answer emails and file paperwork until the council meets their demands.

Explosion at Logan school
A man is currently receiving medical treatment for a suspected chemical burn after Firefighters were called to a school South of Brisbane at approximately 7:30 this morning.

Police are on standby at Logan Reserve State School and a spokeswoman has reported that the cause of the situation is not apparent so far.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene, and the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

NSW drug raids
New South Wales police and the Australian Federal Police have begun raids in the homes of Sydney Ibrahim Brothers over accusations of drug smuggling.

The youngest Ibrahim brother, Michael was arrested in Dubai this morning, and the homes of Fadi and John are currently being searched.

Police are searching for evidence of the brothers importing MDMA into Australia.

ACL plans to lobby against same-sex marriage plebiscite 
The Australian Christian Lobby will petition the Coalition to follow through with the plebiscite on same-sex marriage, and plan to campaign against them if they fail to do so.

The group’s petition currently has 55,000 signatures, threatening the loss of “millions” of votes if the plebiscite is overturned.

In an emergency party room meeting yesterday, Liberal Party MPs agreed to push support for the traditional plebiscite in the senate once again.

9/11 victim identitified 16 years later
The remains of a man killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack has been identified, nearly 16 years later.

The identification follows advancements in DNA technology, as the New York City Medical examiner's office continues match bone fragments to the thousands of people that were killed in the attacks.

Almost 40% of those killed in the attacks are yet to have remains identified.

Kenyan election
More than 180,000 police have been deployed in Kenya ahead of today’s election, with millions of people set to head to the polls.

It is expected to be a close race between President Uhuru Kenyatta who promises unity, and the opposition leader Raila Odinga who has raised concerns about the integrity of Kenyatta’s promises.

This is the third time Odinga, of the Orange Democratic Movement, has contested for Presidency, also failing to be elected in 2007 and 2013.

The 2007 election lead to a national crisis and the deaths of 1500 Kenyans.