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Duterte Claims Critics ‘Trivialising’ War on Drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed critics are ‘trivialising’ his war on drugs campaign at his first annual state of the nation address.

He defended instating martial law, stating that while he valued human life, he needed to crackdown on drug dealers, referring to them as “beasts and vultures,” and claiming they were preying on helpless people.

Several thousand protesters gathered outside the venue as Duterte gave his address on Monday, however Duterte argued his detractors should join the fight against drugs.

Cheaper Costs for Proof of Age Cards Recommended

More Brisbane Bus Strikes Planned

Brisbane bus drivers have more strike action planned between 2pm and 6pm on Friday, as well as refusing to collect fares on Thursday.

Last week’s strike action failed to gain increased wages or improved safety and rosters and the drivers say they will not stop campaigning until the council agrees to continue negotiations.

The strike is expected to affect 115,000 passengers and cost taxpayers about $515,000, and the council is advising people to use rail and ferry services.

West End 7-Eleven Owner Charged

Former owner of a West End 7-Eleven has been fined $168,000 for severely underpaying his staff between 2013 and 2014.

Sunshine Coast Council raises transport levy to fund light rail and more zedlines

The Sunshine Coast Council has endorsed a $15 increase in the annual transport levy in an attempt to bring the area closer to a light rail that would emulate the Gold Coast’s. Picture source: Wikimedia commons.

The levy, now at $42 per year, will rake in an expected $5.7 million this year, which will primarily cover planning for the project.

Sunshine Coast City councillor Rick Baberowski said the rail, which is expected to run between Maroochydore and Caloundra, and cost upwards of $1.6 billion, is an important part of future planning for the region, with the expected population to grow by 200,000 residents over the next twenty years.

Council rejects expansion of Islamic college

Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

70% of Mosul IDPs to return home

The Iraqi minister for immigration predicts that at least 70% of internally displaced persons from Mosul will be returning home by the end of this year.

Immigration minister Darbaz Mohammed says more than a quarter of the IDPs have already returned home, and is hopeful that there will be no more camps housing refugees by the end of the year. 

Mosul was declared liberated from ISIS this month, but Mohammed says they will consider it a victory when large numbers of refugees return home. 

Public Housing to cost $34 million

Over the past five years close to $34 million has been spent repairing Queensland public housing due to vandalism, damage and uncleanliness.

Get on your bike Sydney! And more Zedlines...

Sydney has finally followed in the footsteps of other capital city counterparts and organised the first bike share system with a total of 160 red bikes cropping up across town ready for public use.

The rideshare system was purchased by local mortgage broker Donald Tang, after he sought out a more convenient way to travel to meetings in the city with patrons being able to access an app to both unlock and lock the bike wherever they wish to ride it and pay for it.

Similar ride-sharing operations are available in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Beijing but University of Technology transport researcher Michelle Zeibots said the scheme has had less success in Australia partly due to our strict helmet regulations.

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

China establishes first international military base and more zedlines

Chinese soldiers are on route to Djibouti to establish the country’s first overseas military base. Picture source: Daily Travel Photos

The Chinese government said the East African base is being set up to provide better humanitarian support and peacekeeping efforts in the region, but will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions.

The move comes after years of increased Chinese interest in the region, culminating in a 2015 agreement in which China pledged to invest sixty billion dollars in Africa's development and China’s first peacekeeping mission.

Brisbane bids to host future Olympic Games

QPS VS Towing Company

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has become embroiled in a conflict with towing company tow.com.au, who are contracted to impound cars caught doing burnouts, racing or other hooning behavior at a cost to the driver.

QPS has ordered an injunction against the company to prevent them from texting car owners to call Police Minister Mark Ryan about disputed impoundment fees and the QPS is threatening drop tow.com.au.

The towing company alleges they are in debt for 10 million dollars and is demanding payment from the Queensland Police for their services.

Queensland to become leader in clean energy growth

The Palaszczuk government have unveiled plans to become the leader in clean energy growth by the year 2050.

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