Election drive-through voting begins and more Zedlines

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is trialling drive-through polling booths in Brisbane's bayside and on the Sunshine Coast.

ECQ elections director Wade Lewis says the idea takes into account Queensland’s ageing population and is designed to make voting more accessible for those with mobility issues, especially the elderly and their carers.

Voters in the electorates of Noosa and Oodgeroo who visited the drive-through booths yesterday were pleasantly surprised by the initiative.

 

WWI tank kept in plastic bubble in Brisbane

The only surviving World War One German tank is currently housed in Ipswich for forensic analysis.

The tank is being kept in a giant plastic bubble for protection from dust and humidity.

Queensland forensic police and ballistic experts are working with CSIRO to analyse the damage and identify what happened to the tank in its last moments on the battlefield, and will create a 3D digital tour of the tank.

 

130-year record broken as heatwave hits South Tasmania

Southern Tasmanians are bracing for a tough week ahead as a heatwave health alert is issued.

This is the first time in nearly 130 years that Hobart will be expecting at least six consecutive days of over 25 degrees.

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch advised people, especially the elderly, to stay hydrated and to take care of themselves.

The unusually hot conditions are not just confined to the south, and are expected to reach the rest of the state.

 

Truck crashed into overhead line, causing major road closure

Tram diversion remains in place in Melbourne’s CBD after a truck crashed into overhead tram wires early this morning.

VicRoads closed roads in both directions at Power Street and the Flinders Street rail bridge, with disruptions expected to last until 3 pm today.

No one was hurt in the crash.

 

Uber to purchase 24,000 Volvo cars in bid to promote self-drive service

Beginning in 2019, Uber has announced a deal to purchase up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, over the course of the following three years.

However, Uber’s self-drive ambitions might be delayed by a legal dispute with Waymo, a self-drive business owned by Google-parent Alphabet.

This agreement between the two major companies is a primary example of a strategic direction towards autonomous driving ride-sharing services globally.

 

Turkish LGBTI activists condemn ban on cultural events in Ankara

Turkish activists have condemned the illegal ban on LGBTI cultural events taking place in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

It comes after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated last week that empowering the gay community is “against the values” of the nation.

The Ankara governor’s office announced the ban would include cultural events such as plays, films, exhibitions and other events in an attempt to protect public order, public health and morals

Activists have criticised the announcement, arguing the ban discriminates against the LGBTI community and limits their right to freedom of expression.