Roller skates, posters and rude T-shirts banned from Commonwealth Games and more Zedlines...

The 2017 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is banning the use of posters, rude t-shirts, laser pointers, segways, walkie-talkies and many other items during the event. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Some items will be allowed into venues but banned from being used in a way that negatively impacts on the safety, security or comfort of others, and will be banned from being used in viewing areas.

A new regulation will also ban people from displaying posters on properties inside major event areas during the Games - unless it was displayed beforehand and in the course of someone's ordinary activities.

 

Charters Towers Dedicates Ceremony to the First Indigenous Man to Enlist in WWI

The first Indigenous man to enlist for World War One will be remembered today at a grave dedication service in the northern Queensland town of Charters Towers.

Charles Blackman joined the Australian Imperial Force in 1915 and spent four years on the frontline on the Western Front, however, at age sixty five he died and was buried in an unmarked grave.  

Mr Blackman will be recognised today at the ceremony with full military honours.

 

Bill Shorten Concern Over Australia’s Economy

Labor leader Bill Shorten says Australia is in danger of having growth without prosperity and that workers need a pay increase for the sake of the economy.

Mr Shorten said over the past ten years, real labour productivity had grown by twenty per cent while real wages had grown by six per cent.

He stated that low wages growth erodes confidence throughout the economy, not just in household spending.

 

Sydney Anglican Archbishop defends $1m donation to same-sex marriage No campaign

One of Australia's most senior Anglicans has defended his diocese's decision to donate one million dollars to the No campaign in the national postal survey on same-sex marriage.

Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies announced the hefty handout during his Presidential Address to the fifty-first Synod of the Diocese of Sydney on Monday.

The donation drew some sharp criticism, including from ministers within the religion in other parts of Australia.

 

U.S. loan to Puerto Rico a start, but more aid to come

The U.S. federal government is working on a long-term plan to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria tore up the island territory’s power grid and other infrastructure three weeks ago..

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on Thursday on a disaster relief bill that includes a $4.9 billion loan for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a $36.5 billion package to help Americans recover from hurricanes and wildfires.

But the loan is intended to be a short-term measure to help the cash-strapped island territory pay urgent bills, says an official.

 

Fearing Trump torpedo, Europe scrambles to save Iran deal

European countries are scrambling to cobble together a package of measures they hope will keep the Iran nuclear deal on track if U.S. President Donald Trump ignores their pleas and decertifies the landmark 2015 agreement this week.

The package would include a strong statement backing the deal by European powers, together with efforts to lobby the U.S. Congress and put wider pressure on Iran, officials said.

But without strong U.S. support for the deal, senior officials in Berlin, Paris and London say it may be only a matter of time before the pact between Tehran and six world powers unravels, with grave consequences.