Logan Mayor Lobbied Council to Support Major Campaign Donor and more Zedlines

Internal council documents appear to contradict sworn statements to the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission by Logan City Mayor Luke Smith. Image source: Wikipedia Commons/ Bookofjude

Councillor Smith denied any involvement with “The Lakes” development by Chinese-Australian developer Lianshen Yue that has so far avoided financial penalty despite alleged environmental offences.

Mr. Yue’s company donated more $80, 000 to Councillor Smith’s campaign fund which launched in 2015.

Protecting Cavandish Bananas from a devastating Panama disease.

A multibillion-dollar banana industry at risk Panama disease could be saved by genetic modification.

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have genetically modified Cavendish bananas to make them more resistant to the disease.

Panama disease is a soil-borne fungus that can survive for more than four decades in the ground and cannot be controlled with chemical agents.

Australian women’s lifetime earnings less than two-thirds of men's

Women comprise less than a quarter of the top 10% of income earners in Australia, and new research shows, that their lifetime earnings are less than two-thirds of those of men.

Women with university education have higher earnings, although they do not get the same earnings boost as men. 

The research also suggests the low lifetime earnings of women means many never pay off their higher education debts because they never reach the required repayment threshold.

Christopher Steele believes his dossier on Trump-Russia is 70-90% accurate

Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele who compiled an explosive dossier of allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, believes it to be 70% to 90% accurate.

Steele’s contacts in Russia span decades and his reports earned widespread respect in the US for their reliability.

Steele's reports include allegations that the Kremlin had compromising material on the US president, including alleged sex tapes recorded during a trip to Moscow in 2013, and that Trump and his associates actively colluded with Russian intelligence to influence the election in his favour.

North Korea sentences Donald Trump to death

North Korea’s state media has sentenced U.S President Donald Trump to death after he insulted their leader Kim Jong-Un.

The state media have called him a coward for cancelling his visit to the inter-Korean border which was part of a marathon five-nation Asia tour.

During this tour, Trump attacked the North Korea’s cruel dictatorship. 


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