Drugs use in Ipswich rising +more Zedlines

The drug problem in Ipswich continues to grow, with more people facing charges of drug related crimes within the city limits. (Image Credit: Conollyb, Wikimedia Commons)

The city is also experiencing an unprecedented population boom with drug related crimes also on the rise, in the past year alone armed robberies have doubled, while the number of domestic violence protection orders is also growing.

Up until the election was called, the Labour State Government was in the process of re-introducing a Drug Court, specifically designed to connect offenders with relevant support services.


Dob in thy neighbour as you dob in thy friend

Queenslanders are the most ready when it comes to dobbing in a welfare cheat, with the state having one of the highest increases in the number of tips offs made.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge says most welfare recipients do the right thing, but with some people deliberately defrauding the system- every tip off is investigated.

Nationally, tip offs have increased each year for the past four years, with Queensland making up a quarter of those tip offs in the past financial year.


Xenophon parliament departure signals new name for party

Following the results of the contentious citizenship court appeal for seven parliamentarians, the Nick Xenophon party are set to change their name to SA BEST.

Following being ruled as safe in the citizenship appeal, Xenophon has decided to focus on running for state parliament in South Australia.

Xenophon has attributed the name change to the consistent support of his home state, the SA BEST party are expected to place Rex Patrick to represent them in the federal senate.


Turbulent weather during hurricane season to blame for floating garbage mass

A floating garbage island spanning kilometres of ocean has emerged in the Caribbean and could be strongly linked to recent hurricanes, says prominent Australian scientists.

Dr Britta Denise Hardesty, principal research scientist for oceans and atmosphere at the CSIRO, says the floating mass just off the coast of Roatan - containing everything from building waste to household materials - has accumulated because of the wild weather conditions during Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month.

She says Australia is not immune to the perils of marine waste, with high concentrations of it existing in more than 200 sites, every 100 kilometres along Australia’s coastline.


Citizenship granted to humanoid in world first decision from Saudi Arabia

Sophia, a humanoid developed by a Saudi Arabian tech company has been granted citizenship for the country, a world-first.

The decision has been slammed by audiences around the world, as women are denied many of their basic human rights in the region.

The news comes following a number of legislation changes to decrease gender segregation in the country.


Taliban attacks claim 22 Afghan police in Kabul

A series of orchestrated attacks over the weekend at checkpoints across the province of Kunduz have killed 22 Afghan police.

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attacks, with only one police officer surviving the attacks.

Insurgents have increased attacks on security installations as they seek to steal equipment and demoralise authorities.



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