Panama Papers journalist killed in car bombing and more Zedlines

A car bomb in Malta has killed the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption outside her home on Monday afternoon.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who has been described as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”, fell victim when her car was destroyed by a powerful explosion, blowing the vehicle into several pieces.

Ms Caruana Galizia often garnered more readers to her blog than the circulation of the country’s newspaper, with her latest findings connecting Malta’s prime minister and his two closest aides to offshore companies linked to the illegal sale of Maltese passports.

Opioid Crisis
Donald Trump made a long-awaited announcement on Monday surrounding the crisis of opioid addiction.

There has been a 21% increase in overdoses due to opioid use in 2016 and in the last year 64,070 Americans have died as a result of opioid use.

President Trump stated that both the country and the world have a drug problem and that they were going to do something about it.

Energy Investment Framework to be debated

The Turnbull Government unveiled the latest energy investment framework yesterday, which will force obligations onto the electricity sector, in turn reducing emissions consistent with the Paris Agreement.

The Guardian suggests the government will not adopt the clean energy target recommended by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, while the Cabinet and backbench committee on environment and energy are set to debate the proposal later this morning.

The new framework will also create new reliability obligations to ensure there is enough dispatchable power stored in the system.

Mark McGowan apologises for lack of disabled access
WA Premier Mark McGowan admits that he made a mistake in having his department move Hillary’s MP, Peter Katsambanis, into an upstairs office that lacks disabled access.

The new office is on the first floor and while it has sweeping views of the harbour it can only be accessed by a narrow stairwell, which disability advocates say breaches anti-discrimination laws.

While the Premier has admitted the decision was wrong, he will not be forcing Mr Katsambanis to relocate.

One week of drinking water remains in South-East Qld dams

Although South-East Queensland had a month’s worth of rainfall over the weekend, dam levels have only increased by 0.5 percent - about one week’s supply of drinking water.

Seqwater External Relations Manager, Mike Foster says the majority of the rainfall had been sucked up by the soil in the catchments areas rather than flowing into dams.

He says the amount of boost we will see in the water supply will be determined in the next 24 hours.

Forecasts for showers continue to show at least until next week so it’s unlikely South-East Queensland will be left dry.

Gun amnesty leads to Queenslanders handing in 16,000 weapons

More than 16,000 firearms have been handed in by Queenslanders as part of the National Gun Amnesty.

Last week the Labor Government and National Liberal Party agreed to restrict access to the high-capacity Adler lever-action shotgun.

Queensland Police Acting Deputy Commissioner, Bob Gee, says the amnesty will keep communities safe by ensuring those firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands.