Ihsas Khan’s trial aborted after concerns over his mental health

Ihsas Khan’s trial aborted after concerns over his mental health

Updated May 16, 2018 16:42:45 The trial of Ihsas Khan, who is charged with a terrorism offence and attempted murder for stabbing his neighbour in Minto in 2016, has been aborted after questions were raised about his fitness to stand trial. Key points: Mr Khan was the subject of several …

My Health Record opt-out dates announced amid security concerns

My Health Record opt-out dates announced amid security concerns

Posted May 14, 2018 21:29:28 Australians who do not want their medical records stored on a national electronic database can opt out of the scheme from July 16 to October 15 this year. Alternatively, people will retain their My Health Record — an online summary of personal health information uploaded …

NSW Government reviews Confucius Classrooms program amid ‘propaganda’ concerns

NSW Government reviews Confucius Classrooms program amid ‘propaganda’ concerns

Updated May 08, 2018 18:40:55 Photo: One mother has avoided enrolling her daughter at a school because of the program. (ABC News: Jonathan Beal) The New South Wales Government is reviewing a controversial Chinese Government-sponsored program to teach Mandarin in schools, amid claims it could expose children to propaganda. Teaching …

Livestock exporter raised concerns with Federal Government before thousands of sheep died at sea – ABC Rural

Livestock exporter raised concerns with Federal Government before thousands of sheep died at sea – ABC Rural

A live exporter warned the Federal Government that sheep were at risk of a being involved in “catastrophic accidents” and enduring poor animal welfare conditions unless it banned old ships. In a document obtained by the ABC, Western Australian exporter Wellard called on the government to remove a clause that …

Concerns grow over fate of Sydney’s last government-owned sandstone building | Australia news

The New South Wales opposition fears that the chief secretary’s office, one of Sydney’s finest sandstone buildings and home to the office of the “father of federation”, Sir Henry Parkes, could be sold – now that its key tenant is moving out. The Berejiklian government announced on Friday that the …

Mt Lyell mine foreman denies ignoring safety concerns on day of fatal mud rush

Mt Lyell mine foreman denies ignoring safety concerns on day of fatal mud rush

Updated April 20, 2018 14:34:18 The foreman on duty at Tasmania’s Mt Lyell mine the day a worker died in a mud rush has denied telling another supervisor he was “soft” for not sending workers into the affected area. Anthony Clark was filling in as a shift supervisor in the …

Recycling row: China’s ban stokes trade fears amid concerns councils will follow Ipswich’s lead | Environment

The body representing Australian councils is urging the federal government to take seriously China’s effective ban on accepting shipments of plastic for recycling, warning it should not ignore potential implications for trade between the two countries. The Australian Local Government Association is calling on state governments to stop treating hundreds …

Qatari abattoir suspended over animal welfare concerns, as new vision shows sheep beaten

Qatari abattoir suspended over animal welfare concerns, as new vision shows sheep beaten

Updated April 14, 2018 13:49:58 The Federal Agriculture Department has suspended shipments of Australian sheep to an abattoir in Qatar over new allegations of animal welfare violations and breaches of supply chain rules. Last week the Nine Network broadcast video of 2,400 sheep that had died of heat stress on …

Bundaberg suburb’s contaminated water turned off a week after PFAS concerns raised

Bundaberg suburb’s contaminated water turned off a week after PFAS concerns raised

Updated April 13, 2018 19:32:19 Photo: Svensson Heights is adjacent to Bundaberg Airport, where the RAAF was stationed until 1983. (ABC News: Johanna Marie) Related Story: PFAS health guidance like ‘Monty Python advice’, doctor says Related Story: What you need to know about PFAS contamination Bundaberg Council has switched off …

Freediver’s death off Sydney beach raises concerns about increasingly popular sport’s safety

Freediver’s death off Sydney beach raises concerns about increasingly popular sport’s safety

Updated April 12, 2018 18:34:28 Photo: Dmitriy Ross was a certified scuba diving instructor and had become interested in freediving. (Supplied: Della Ross) Related Story: Diver’s body pulled from water in Botany Bay after fatal evening swim Related Story: Tourist deaths prompt new rules for snorkellers on Great Barrier Reef …