Optus offers compensation to NBN customers and more Zedlines...

Optus is the latest telecommunications giant to offer compensation to customers who have not received the National Broadband Network speeds they were promised. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The admission by Optus that some customers might have been overcharged follows yesterday's move by Telstra to refund around 42,000 accounts where advertised speeds could never be achieved.

Like Telstra, Optus has attributed the underlying source of undelivered speeds to NBN copper wire access.

School fails students in marking blunder

The Queensland Education department has admitted that a significant marking blunder at an Ipswich state school could affect the chances of some senior english students gaining entry into university.

The students had their marks retroactively downgraded after it was discovered their work had been incorrectly assessed roughly two years ago.

The delay in the process, due to the school failing to communicate in a timely way with parents of affected students, meant the news came too late.

One Nation demands a new Casino in exchange for balance of power support

Pauline Hanson has demanded a casino be built on the Great Keppel Island in exchange for the party's support in balance of power negotiations.

The Queensland Government has approved a new casino in Cairns and another licence is available for the Gold Coast.

However Senator Hanson says one of the licences should be transferred to Great Keppel Island, stating that it will employ 1,500 people.

Aboriginal activists refuse to leave empty restaurant

Aboriginal activists have refused to leave an empty restaurant on the lawns of Old Parliament House in Canberra.

The group stuck their own eviction notice addressed to the National Capital Authority (NCA) on the front door, claiming the owners had not sought permission to build from the Ngunnawal people.

On Wednesday, NCA acting chief executive Andrew Smith asked the activists to leave the restaurant, but elders refused his request.

Airplane pilot confesses to 9/11 style plot to attack Bangladesh Prime Minister’s residence

A Bangladeshi airline pilot admitted to plotting to carry out a 9/11 style attack on Bangladesh’s Prime Minister’s residence.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines co-pilot Sabbir Ahmed confessed to the plans after he was arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion 4.

Three others were also arrested for colluding with the pilot on the terror attack plot.

Colombia signs peace-deal with the UN

Colombia and the United Nations have signed an agreement to disrupt the country’s cocaine trade.

The peace deal, with the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime, will see Colombia hand over US$300 million over four years.

The UN will assist Colombia to encourage the growth of legal crops like coffee and cacao, instead of coca – the basic ingredient for cocaine.