24hr vigil to be held at Peter Dutton’s office and more Zedlines

A 24 hour vigil for the refugees on Manus Island will be held outside Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office in Strathpine from 6pm on the Wednesday the 8th of November. (Image credit:Flickr)

The vigil is being organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD, with over 500 people already expected to take part.

Eight people have died on Manus Island, with the closing of the facility taking place last week, a humanitarian crisis is in swing on the island.

 

Deforestation and Koalas top QLD election talking points

Deforestation and Koalas were the major talking point last night at the Strathpine Community centre where Environment Minister Steven Mills, alongside Greens Candidate Jason Kennedy and ALP Candidate Nikki Boyd spoke.

Queensland has become one of the world’s worst when it comes to deforestation, ranking alongside hotspots such as the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo as well as almost taking out top spot for species loss according to a recent nature study.

Statistics show 45 million animals are being killed every year, equating to almost one a second, both the Greens and ALP Parties have pledged to end broad scale deforestation.

 

2018 ACT Australian of the Year announced

In an emotional presentation yesterday a young Indigenous entrepreneur was awarded the 2018 ACT Australian of Year award.

Mark “Dion” Devow created Darkies Design 7 years ago as an outlet to express his aboriginal heritage and culture, as well as partnering up with fellow Indigenous artists to create mainstream street apparel and sportswear.

The young man was overwhelmed with emotion as he held back tears accepting the award, saying “it is just what I do”.

 

ATO prepares itself following Paradise Papers leak

Following the mass leak of the Paradise Papers, the Australian Tax Office is poised and ready to launch new investigation into global tax avoidance.

The Papers, 13 million files from offshore banks in Bermuda and Singapore were obtained by a German based news outlet, which was then shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the papers include reference to the world’s largest companies, as well as celebrities, political and financial leaders.

The Paradise papers equate to 1.4 terabytes of data, coming in second to the Panama papers which are 2.6 terabytes.

 

Death toll rises in the aftermath of Asian-Pacific cyclone

The death toll resulting from Typhoon Damrey nears 50, with the majority of casualties linked to Khan Hoa province, where the storm made landfall on Saturday.

Just days before the region was set to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, the typhoon has brought destruction crippling the city and resulting in at least 49 deaths and a further 27 people missing.

Last month, more than 80 people died in northern Vietnam, while the central provinces were severely damaged by another typhoon.

The APEC summit is expected to go ahead as planned.

 

Zimbabwe Vice President dismissed amid disloyalty claims

Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been dismissed from his position following claims of disloyalty by President Robert Mugabe.

The dismissal follows claims Mnangagwa was a coup plotter and coward in an address from Grace Mugabe, the president’s wife.

With Mnangagwa dismissed, this leaves Grace Mugabe as successor to President Mugabe.