Brisbane Public Transport Has Decreased in Cost and more Zedlines...

Public transport fares in Brisbane have decreased by 11.3 per cent in the past year, however, other major cities across Australia are dealing with an increase in costs. (Image Resource: Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the costs of the public transports has increased by 4 per cent in Melbourne, 3.8 per cent in Perth, 6.4 per cent in Sydney, 2.2 per cent in Adelaide and 3 per cent in Hobart.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk government’s ‘Fairer Fares’ program influenced Queensland’s drop in public transport costs.

 

City cycle scheme $12.8 million in the red

Since its’ 2010 launch, based on cost versus generation of profit,  the City Cycle scheme has resulted in a $12.85million loss.

However, there are no plans to cease the project with council’s public and active transport chairman Adrian Schrinner saying it’s popularity is growing.

Over the past seven years, patronage has risen steadily, along with growth in revenue, reducing the cost to ratepayers.

 

Same-Sex Marriage Survey Deadline TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the last day people of Australia can post their same-sex marriage postal survey.

While three out of four people have already returned their forms, nearly four million people have not yet returned their forms.

ABC election analyst Antony Green said the Australian Bureau of Statistics have already began scanning forms and the turnout so far is already greater than the Brexit Referendum last year.

 

Immigration Minister Hit with Lawsuit

Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has been hit with another class action lawsuit on behalf of asylum seekers detained under Labor and Coalition governments over the past six years.

The class action lawsuit comes after documents filed in the Federal Court allege a four-year-old boy, born in Darwin and detained on Christmas Island with his asylum seeker parents, was detained for no valid purpose and thus unlawfully.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn estimates "thousands" of asylum seekers are eligible to join the lawsuit, arguing their detention was unlawful because the government did not actively pursue their visa claims.

 

Africa Under Threat by Dangerous Caterpillar

Agriculture experts say Africa is currently under threat from a caterpillar that is spreading throughout the continent.

Armyworms, or spodoptera frugiperda, have been found in twenty-eight African nations and could cost twelve African countries six billion dollars a year in lost crops unless they are contained.

If nothing is done, they could eat between twety per cent and fifty per cent of the maize produced in twelve of Africa’s maize-producing countries, with a report stating the worms are likely to spread even further through sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Turkish court orders release of eight rights activists on bail

Eight human rights activists out of eleven who were detained in July for participating in a digital security workshop have been released on bail by a Turkish court.

The eleven activists, which include Amnesty International's director of Turkey Idil Eser, went on trial in Istanbul on contested terror charges, with Turkish prosecutors demanding up to fifteen years jail.

The case has sparked international alarm and amplified fears of declining freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.