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A Russian blogger has been found guilty of inciting religious hatred after playing interactive smartphone game Pokémon Go inside a Russian Orthodox church. Image source: Flickr.

Twenty-two year old, Ruslan Sokolovsky, posted a video to YouTube last year using strong language to mock Christianity and compared Jesus Christ to a Pokémon character.

In the video which has received almost 2 million views, Sokolovsky said he had decided to play the popular game inside the church because he had seen a news report saying people who did so could be fined or jailed.

Dutton "caught out lying" on Manus Island events, says Greens senator

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has some explaining to do.

That’s the sentiment from Greens senator for Tasmania, Nick McKim, who travelled to Manus Island last week on a fact-finding mission almost a month after an outburst of violence saw a group of Papua New Guinean Navy personnel fire weapons into the detention centre.

NAPLAN begins this week

A record 255,000 Queensland students are registered to take part in NAPLAN testing over the next three days.

Education minister Kate Jones says that the tests are important to help schools identify areas where students may require extra help.

 

More than 100 Queensland schools were set to trial online NAPLAN testing, but elected to delay the rollout of NAPLAN Online until 2018 last month.

 

Students’ NAPLAN reports will be provided to schools by August.

Daughters of slain mother to receive huge insurance payout.

NSW GPs given powers to report on Domestic Violence

NSW Doctors will be given new powers to report suspected domestic violence cases, regardless of suffers' wishes. IMAGE SOURCE: Isha Mehmood/Flickr

NSW GPs will be given the power to alert welfare services for suspected domestic violence victims.

Doctors in NSW can now refer suspected sufferers of domestic violence to protective services without patient consent if they believe their life or safety is at risk.

One in six women and one in twenty men will experience domestic violence, with eighty to one hundred Australians dying each year, making domestic violence more than an order of magnitude more fatal than terrorism.

Budget to unveil manufacturing package.

NSW GPs given powers to report on Domestic Violence

NSW Doctors will be given new powers to report suspected domestic violence cases, regardless of suffers' wishes. IMAGE SOURCE: Isha Mehmood/Flickr

NSW GPs will be given the power to alert welfare services for suspected domestic violence victims.

Doctors in NSW can now refer suspected sufferers of domestic violence to protective services without patient consent if they believe their life or safety is at risk.

One in six women and one in twenty men will experience domestic violence, with eighty to one hundred Australians dying each year, making domestic violence more than an order of magnitude more fatal than terrorism.

Budget to unveil manufacturing package.

Australians victims of revenge porn on the rise and more Zedlines

Many more Australians are falling to revenge porn than previously thought. IMAGE SOURCE: Dmitry Barsky/Wikicommons

A new survey indicates one in five Australians are victims of revenge porn.

The survey of more than four-thousand two-hundred people conducted by researchers from RMIT and Monash University found men and women had similar likelihood of ‘image based abuse’, however minorities were particularly targeted.

LGBTIQ faced higher risk of abuse, but most strikingly half of Indigenous and disabled Australians had experienced image abuse.

New visa scheme allows parents to stay but not settle. 

Treasure space map unearths a Columbus ship-wreck, and more Zedlines

Researchers have uncovered a centuries-old anchor believed to be from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships thanks to the help of an innovative “space treasure map.” Image source: Flickr

Historical shipwreck discovery specialist Darrell Miklos used a space treasure map created by NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper to find a series of Caribbean shipwreck sites.

An analysis of the anchor, which was found off the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the Bahamas, reveals that it dates to between 1492 and 1550 and is estimated to weigh around 600 kilograms.

 

Major parties clash over renewable energy sources

Commotion over creepy crawly caterpillar outbreak, and more Zedlines

South-East Queensland is crawling with itchy caterpillars after reports of an outbreak through Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Image source: Max Pixel

Nature lovers have noticed a larger-than-usual number of the hairy caterpillars, sometimes called, itchy grubs, in long head-to-tail processions.

University of Queensland Professor Myron Zalucki said the numbers are significant, and while unsure of the exact reasons behind the caterpillar outbreak, he suspects it could be related to rainfall, temperature and host plant growth around November 2016 when they hatched.

 

Adani hides evidence of pollution at Abbot Point

GOMA gets lit, fam

Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art is set to receive a glowing face lift, just in time for its 10th anniversary year. Picture source: Flickr

The permanent installation will be created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell and will feature a major architectural light installation, illuminating GOMA’s facade at night and transforming the way the cultural landmark is seen and experienced.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says the one-of-a-kind work will further enhance GOMA’s position as a cultural drawcard, showcasing the best in contemporary art worldwide.

TechnologyOne stands up to Brisbane City Council

Concerns Indigenous Man May Die in Custody and More Zedlines...

A terminally ill indigenous man who was sentenced to 15 months in prison last week is fighting to be released from custody. (Flickr)

Marshall Wallace, who has six months to live, was convicted for driving offences in Mount Isa last week despite doctors providing a letter to the court saying he was unfit for custody.

Wallace’s wife fears he may die in custody, and is appealing to get him released on compassionate grounds.

 

Police run counter-terrorism exercises

A major counter-terrorism exercise is taking place in Brisbane this morning, with police telling the public not to worry about unusual activity like train carriages on their side.

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