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NBN Co pushes cheaper and faster internet bundles and more Zedlines...

Australia’s National Broadband Network aims to offer cheaper wholesale bundles to promote faster connection speeds, but with no assurance retailers will pass on savings to customers.

NBN Co will not force internet service providers to pass the projected savings onto customers, with

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow saying the plan is instead designed to encourage faster speeds for consumers.

The plan will see cheaper fifty and one-hundred megabyte per second bundles for retailers, and will force them to purchase access and bandwidth together for the first time.

 

Historical child sex abuse charges suspended

Same-sex couple to wed before Christmas and more Zedlines...

Two Melbourne women have been granted legal permission to wed before Christmas, sooner than the expected date same-sex couples could marry.

Stephanie Dybal and Megan Stapleton, who have been together for more than five years, planned their non-binding wedding for the twenty-first of December.

 

As the couple planned their wedding months before the same-sex marriage postal vote, they were granted legal approval to wed before the usual mandatory four-week waiting period for signed legislation to come into effect.

 

Three LNP candidates vying for party leadership following election loss and more Zedlines

The Queensland LNP will decide today who will lead the party following its state election loss.

 

LNP will choose from candidates Deb Frecklington, John-Paul Langbroek and Tim Robinson who are vying for LNP leadership in a bid to bounce back from its election loss.

 

The LNP’s primary vote fell below 1 million voters to 33.6 percent, and its seat count went backwards despite having a larger parliament.

 

Deb Frecklington, who would be the party’s first female leader, is rumoured to be a frontrunner after working as deputy to opposition leader Tim Nicholls.

 

Safety barriers on Brisbane City buses voted by drivers

Welfare reform and the Cashless Debit Card

The legislation has been the subject of a Senate inquiry finalised in November, with the release of the report postponed until December 6.

Migrant workers forced out of Beijing

The Chinese government have begun forcing migrant workers out of the capital city Beijing. Image source: Flikr/Matt Ming

The government says the move is due to safety concerns after deaths in migrant settlements, however migrants say it is to reduce the population size.

 

Last year the Chinese government announced their plan to cap the population of Beijing to 23 million cutting the numbers of six main districts by 15%.

 

Queensland's first communications cable on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine coast has called for expressions of interest from the private sector in building a new one billion dollar communications cable.

 

Curfew imposed by Honduras government and more Zedlines

A delay in the release of election results has lead to a ten day curfew imposed by the Honduras government. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Protests  erupted in the capital of Tegucigalpa after President Juan Orlando Hernandez pulled ahead in the polls, indicating possible re-election.  

 

Reports claim that two people have been killed so far, with tear gas and live rounds being fired amongst protestors.

 

 

Federal election results face further delay 

Results for Queensland election are still undecided, with only 8 seats being officially called by the electoral commision.

 

Nuclear power station proposal in Ipswich and more Zedlines

The chairman of the board at SMR nuclear technology is proposing to open Australia's first Nuclear power station in Ipswich. Image Source: Creative Commons/Benita5

Chairman, Robert Pritchard, says he aims to set up meetings for interested investors and community members, and aims to have the plant open by 2030.

Federal member for the area, Shayne Neumann, remains skeptical of the idea, promoting renewable energy as an alternative.

 

Accessability a big issue for voters

In the wake of the Queensland election, concerns are being raised about accessibility for disabled voters.

 

Heritage-listed property in West End sells for $2.9 million and more Zedlines

A commercial heritage-listed building at two-hundred-and-one Boundary Street, West End recently sold at auction for two-point-nine million dollars. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The property was owned by the same family over several generations and was purchased by a local property investor who owns other properties on Boundary Street.

 

West End, currently experiencing significant gentrification, has been of keen interest to developers and property investors.

 

Diabetes online community sets up support groups to aid those who are newly diagnosed

Locals Won’t Benefit From NT Space Base, says local MP and more Zedlines

Australia’s first commercial rocket launching facility is to be built at a remote site near Nhulunbuy, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/NASA/Carla Cioffi

The NT Government has said that the project will bring over $100 million and 70 jobs to the region.

 

However, Mr Mark Guyula, the independent Member for Nhulunbuy, doubts that the facility will bring many benefits to the local community where the population has halved since the closure of Rio Tinto’s Alumina refinery in 2014.

 

Police in search of missing items following discovery of a body

 

Police are in search of items in relation to a body found in South East Brisbane in October.

 

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Global gender equality not expected for another century

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) to will take 100 years to close the gender inequality gap at the current rate. (Image from: Pixabay)

The WEF report has ranked 144 countries on their gender equality, through education, health, political participation and economical opportunities.

The 2017 report shows the gap has worsened since last year, and if efforts aren’t improved it will take a century to close the gap globally.

Women in Scandinavian countries have achieved the highest overall rankings, while women in the Middle East and North Africa held the lowest gender equality scores.

 

Activists call for humane treatment of Manus refugees

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