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Many South Australians still suffering from blackout and more Zedlines

Approximately 70,000 South Australians are still suffering from a loss of power following what the Bureau of Meteorology has labelled a once-in-a-50-year storm. image source: wikimedia

Many South Australians still suffering from blackout

Approximately 70,000 South Australians are still suffering from a loss of power following what the Bureau of Meteorology has labelled a once-in-a-50-year storm.

The storm’s gale force winds destroyed 22 transmissions towers which in turn tripped the inter connector linking South Australia to Victoria, which led to a statewide blackout.

Canada first nations chief rejects royals’ ‘empty gesture’ and more Zedlines

Some of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous leaders are rejecting an invitation to attend a royal reconciliation ceremony, in protest of the Trudeau government's approach to First Nations issues. The Black Rod ceremony is scheduled for Monday evening and will be attended by England’s Prince William and Princess Catherine. Image source: commondreams.org

Canada first nations chief rejects royals’ ‘empty gesture’

Some of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous leaders are rejecting an invitation to attend a royal reconciliation ceremony, in protest of the Trudeau government's approach to First Nations issues.

The Black Rod ceremony is scheduled for Monday evening and will be attended by England’s Prince William and Princess Catherine.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, says the organisation felt it would be inappropriate to participate.

Northern Territory Crocodiles acting strangely and more zedlines...

Crocodiles in the Northern territory are perplexing experts after a photograph was released of a crocodile floating downstream with it’s arms outstretched. It is believed the odd behaviour, which has never before been recorded might be a unique fishing technique. Source: (Michael Franchi)

Northern Territory Crocodiles are acting strangely 

Crocodiles in the Northern territory are perplexing experts after a photograph was released of a crocodile floating downstream with its arms outstretched.

It is believed the odd behaviour, which has never before been recorded might be a unique fishing technique.

By keeping their arms out to the side the crocodile can freely snap its jaws at passing fish without worrying about injuring its own arm.   

 

Baroque Festival under fire and more Zedlines

The Queensland government continues to evade questions surrounding controversy at the Brisbane Baroque festival. The festival has been partially funded by taxpayer money and has been accused of neglecting the wages of up to 40 performers, suppliers and organisations. (Image Source: Choosebrisbane)

Baroque Festival under fire

The Queensland government continues to evade questions surrounding controversy at the Brisbane Baroque festival.

The festival has been partially funded by taxpayer money and has been accused of neglecting the wages of up to 40 performers, suppliers and organisations.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls says it’s time the government fully discloses the details of the Baroque situation and whether or not the event will continue in 2017.

Segregation in prisons to be less tight

National approach needed for driverless cars and more Zedlines

An inquiry into driverless cars has recommended that Australia develops a national approach to the vehicles.

All-female ground crew claims historic victory at international air races championship

A Brisbane pilot was part of a three-woman team that won a ground crew event at the Reno National Championship Air Races in Nevada, USA.  

In the event’s 53 year history, an all female crew has never won the best ground crew event.

Brisbane pilot Joanne Wilson says there were no other female team members at the championships, and hopes their victory will encourage more women to become pilots.

Afghanistan Government signs peace deal with armed group and more Zedlines

The Afghanistan government signed a peace deal with Hezb-i-Islami, allowing group leader to return to the country and provide an amnesty for fighters. Image source: Wikipedia

Afghanistan Government signs peace deal 

The Afghanistan Government have signed a peace deal with armed group Hezb-i-Islami which allows the group's leader to return to the country and an amnesty for former fighters.

The leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was once known as the Butcher of Kabul and this peace deal allows him to re-enter politics.

Head of the Government’s High Peace Council, Sayed Ahmad Gilani in speaking to Reuters says he hopes this is the beginning of a permanent peace in the country.

 

Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fix backpacker gap and more Zedlines

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Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fill backpacker gap

Federal Labor MP Brian Mitchell is requesting for unemployed Australians to fill the backpacker gap by working on Tasmanian farms.

This comes after the confusion over the Government’s planned backpacker tax.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor released from immigration detention and more Zedlines

An Iranian woman whose refugee application was denied has been freed from immigration detention after two years. Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a three-month bridging visa, and will be able to live with her husband. source: Facebook/FreeMojgan

Mojgan Shamsalipoor released from immigration detention

An Iranian woman whose refugee application was denied has been freed from immigration detention after two years.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a three-month bridging visa, and will be able to live with her husband.

Yeronga State high School deputy principal Jessica Walker, who led the Free Mojgan movement in Brisbane, says the future is still uncertain for the twenty-two year old.

Gonski school funding to be reviewed and more Zedlines

The Federal Government is planning to overhaul the Gonski school funding to replace the current 27 separate agreements with a simpler model. Image: Pixabay

Gonski school funding to be reviewed
The Federal Government is planning to overhaul the Gonski school funding to replace the current 27 separate agreements with a simpler model.

The Commonwealth has released modeling that shows there are discrepancies between different school systems, which will be addressed when Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham meets with state and territory counterparts in Adelaide on Friday to begin redistributing funding beyond 2017.

Victorian community groups reach out to dairy farmers and more Zedlines

Battling Victorian dairy farmers are being given a helping hand as community groups deliver hampers and offer emotional support to farmers across the state.

Victorian community groups reach out to dairy farmers

Battling Victorian dairy farmers are being given a helping hand as community groups deliver hampers and offer emotional support to farmers across the state.

Many farmers are now in significant debt following Murray Goulburn’s and Fonterra’s decision to slash prices to below production costs, with some being forced to sell their farms.

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