Labor refuses a minority government and more Zedlines

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would prefer to lose the state election than form a minority government.

In the event of a hung parliament, the Premier promised to make no deals with crossbench MPs from the Greens, One Nation, or Katter’s Australian Party.

Ms Palaszczuk said voters will choose to elect either a majority Labor government or a “chaotic” minority LNP government.

UQ Dipstick Technology allows instant DNA extraction
Researchers from the University of Queensland have developed technology allowing DNA to be quickly extracted from organisms.

The dipstick technology will allow genetic material to be extracted in less than thirty seconds, and can be used anywhere without requiring additional laboratory equipment.

Professor Jimmy Botella, of UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, said the technology will be useful across many industries to help tackle agricultural, health and environmental problems.

Gina Rinehart gifts $40,000 to Barnaby Joyce
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has given ex-deputy Prime Minister a forty-thousand dollar award for being, as she puts it, a champion of farming.

Presented at the National Farmers’ Federation gala dinner, the prize was not a regular part of proceedings, and is still not endorsed by the organisation.

Neither the president or chief executive of the Federation are happy about it, and both have since released statements on twitter, saying they were not consulted, and do not support the award given by Ms Rinehart.

Ruddock to head panel on religious freedom
The Turnbull government asked former immigration minister, Philip Ruddock to review Australia’s religious freedom laws.

Treasurer Scott Morrison encouraged the assessment of the laws, mentioning the four million people who voted for traditional marriage in the recent postal survey.

Mr Morrison said that he wants to see adequate legal protection for organisations and people who advocate traditional marriage.

Mass data breach concealed by Uber
Uber’s chief security officer resigned after it was revealed a hack affecting 57 million drivers and customers was covered up.

The data breach occurred in 2016 and was concealed by the ride-sharing company, who allegedly paid hackers $100,000 to get rid of the data.

600,000 drivers whose personal data was breached have been offered free credit monitoring protection, although customers affected by the hack will not be compensated.

Nick Cave condemned for refusing to boycott Israel
International artists are condemning Nick Cave’s decision to tour in Israel, after the singer said he was being ‘SILENCED’.

Brian Eno, musician and supporter of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment from Israel Campaign says it’s not about SILENCING artists, rather the campaign is simply asking artists not to be part of Israel’s propaganda campaign.

On Sunday, the Australian singer gave a press conference in Israel where he explained he would play there because he was standing up to anyone who tried to bully or silence musicians.