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Turnbull Claims Joyce is Still Eligible for Parliament and more Zedlines

Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus claims that Malcolm Turnbull has come “perilously close” to demanding the high court rule that deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is still eligible to serve in parliament.

It was revealed yesterday that Barnaby Joyce is a dual citizen of New Zealand, as his father was born there.

Malcolm Turnbull claimed that Joyce is “qualified to sit in the house and the High Court will so hold” despite Labor claiming he should resign, while the Greens maintain that an audit of citizenship should be completed.

 

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Five Killed in Kenya and More Zedlines...

At least five people have been killed in post-election violence after opposition claims Kenya’s polls were hacked in favour of the president. (image source: Vimeo)

Two people were shot dead by police in the capital Nairobi with at least one more shot dead in the South Mugirango during a clash with security forces.

In South-Eastern Tana River region, police have shot dead two of five men who stabbed another to death and are still in search of the others who escaped.

 

Harvesting Lizard Venom to Save Human Lives

Petition calls for Royal Commission into abuse of disabled people and more Zedlines

Jules Anderson, a disabled woman suffering from cerebral palsy, has created a petition on Change.org, calling on the Australian government to conduct a Royal Commission into the abuse of disabled people.

Ms Anderson alleges she was raped and sexually assaulted by her care worker and says fellow residents at her share accommodation house in Yooralla were as well, and many other people with disabilities have been sexually assaulted by staff in care homes.

Ms Anderson said previous complaints were made by other staff about her care worker, including reports of misconduct at other houses, but Yooralla management “did nothing” to protect her and other victims.

You can help by signing the petition at www.change.org.

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

Canberra is on Ngunnawal Country

Canberra is on Ngunnawal Country. The neighbouring peoples are the Gundungurra to the north, the Ngarigo to the south, the Yuin on the coast, and the Wiradjuri inland. The first European settler was Joshua John Moore who established a stock station called ‘Canberry’. It’s thought the name Canberry is based on an Indigenous name for the area ‘Kamberra’ or ‘Kambery’. The middle of Moore’s property is approximately where the city centre is today.

Female activists in Morocco continue their fight and more Zedlines...

Female activists in Morocco say they will continue demonstrating against the government, demanding justice after heavy jail sentences were given to activists in the northern region of Al-Hoceima.

Hundreds of women protested over the weekend to demand the release of four political prisoners who were handed down 18 month prison sentences, while many more remain in preventive detention.

Khadija Ryadi, an activist with Morocco’s women’s movement, says that despite the repression, women’s mobilisation will not stop.

 

Adani mine will have a slow start

 

Leaked documents reveal a planned slow start to the Adani Carmichael coal mine project.

Brisbane gets a taste of virtual reality and more Zedlines...

Brisbane fans of virtual reality are in for a treat, with the city’s first VR space potentially opening, pending approval from the Brisbane City Council.

Zero Latency, a free-roam virtual reality entertainment and training business, last week submitted a development application to open its first Brisbane site in Newstead, which will convert the current wholesale electrical business into a virtual reality space.

Zero Latency chief operating officer Kyle Smith said Brisbane’s younger population was the primary reason for the company to open its second Australian centre here, with a site already in Melbourne.

QLD doctors at risk of workplace bullying

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

Language Matters

Queensland is celebrating the diverse languages and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during NAIDOC Week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year’s national NAIDOC Week theme – Our Languages Matter – has special significance in Queensland.

Ms. Palaszczuk explains that languages do matter and as a result, the Queensland Government is investing $1 million to assist Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to preserve their languages, and promote reconciliation and culture.

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