Morning mail: European council president condemns ‘capricious’ Trump | Australia news

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 17 May. Top stories The threat posed by Donald Trump’s administration has been likened to that of China and Russia by the European council president, Donald Tusk, as he condemned the US’s withdrawal from …

Council wants ‘English first’ policy on signs – what does it mean for multicultural Australia?

Council wants ‘English first’ policy on signs – what does it mean for multicultural Australia?

By Alice Chik and Philip Benson Posted May 16, 2018 08:33:30 Photo: The right to use a written language in public is equivalent to the right to use a spoken language. (ABC Open contributor Tony Guseli) Related Story: Migrants living in ‘cultural bubbles’ need to improve their English skills, Government …

Melbourne CBD parking to increase to $7 an hour as council unveils budget

Melbourne CBD parking to increase to $7 an hour as council unveils budget

Posted May 15, 2018 14:41:36 Photo: By 2022, more than a million people are expected to enter the city of Melbourne every day. (Flickr: Ashley) Drivers hoping to snag a parking spot in Melbourne’s CBD will soon be paying up to $7 an hour, in a move the council says …

Council digs up newly laid ‘handball court’ after residents complain about noisy children

Council digs up newly laid ‘handball court’ after residents complain about noisy children

Updated May 10, 2018 19:50:21 Photo: Children watched on as their “handball court” was dug up on Thursday morning. (Supplied: Marie) Related Story: These are the most annoying noises driving people mad A concrete slab used by local children for handball in a small Brisbane park has been ripped up …

Council paints over Taiwanese flag on children’s art project ahead of beef expo | Australia news

The central Queensland region of Rockhampton has found itself at the centre of a diplomatic row after the council removed the Taiwanese flag from a children’s art project ahead of a major international beef expo. ABC Capricornia reported that students from local schools were asked to paint bull statues in …

Children’s Taiwan flag design painted over by council ahead of beef industry event

Children’s Taiwan flag design painted over by council ahead of beef industry event

Posted May 09, 2018 05:49:10 Photo: Cow statue with the fish design showing Taiwan’s flag before it was removed by council. (Facebook: Syuan-Si Chen) Related Story: How the beef industry is reinventing itself with ‘conscious’ consumers, digital disruption A family is outraged after Taiwanese flags were painted over by council …

Coal-fired power station closure, ash dam rehabilitation draws scathing criticism from SA council

Coal-fired power station closure, ash dam rehabilitation draws scathing criticism from SA council

Posted May 07, 2018 07:10:39 Photo: Port Augusta City Council says the Northern Power Station has not been properly remediated. (ABC News) Related Story: Port Augusta residents say power station remediation problems making them sick Related Story: Fix needed for smelly lake on the road to the Flinders Ranges A …

Three-way contest for Prosser but Valentine set to return to Tasmania’s Legislative Council

Three-way contest for Prosser but Valentine set to return to Tasmania’s Legislative Council

Updated May 05, 2018 22:46:41 A three-way contest is underway for the new Tasmanian Upper House seat of Prosser, as independent Rob Valentine looks set to comfortably retain his seat of Hobart. Key points: Rob Valentine likely to retain Hobart Liberal Jane Howlett leading in Prosser but independent Steve Mav …

Ipswich council and others can expect to face more charges, CCC chairman says

Ipswich council and others can expect to face more charges, CCC chairman says

Updated May 04, 2018 17:46:15 Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) chairman Alan MacSporran says more charges are likely to be laid as part of investigations into councils in Ipswich and elsewhere. He was speaking outside State Parliament after the Queensland Government demanded Ipswich councillors show cause why they should …

The polls have closed and counting is underway for two Tasmanian Legislative Council seats

The polls have closed and counting is underway for two Tasmanian Legislative Council seats

Updated May 05, 2018 18:16:40 Counting is underway for the Legislative Council seats of Hobart and Prosser where more than 48,000 Tasmanian voters have enrolled. The largely rural Upper House seat of Prosser was created when boundaries were distributed because of population shifts, meaning there is no incumbent. It is …