Plastic straw ban being considered by WA Government, Premier Mark McGowan reveals

Plastic straw ban being considered by WA Government, Premier Mark McGowan reveals

Updated June 12, 2018 16:34:45 The WA Government has revealed it is considering banning plastic straws, after originally ruling out such action. “Yes, in fact we’re considering a lot more than that,” Premier Mark McGowan told ABC Radio Perth. “I regard plastic as the enemy of the Earth and I’ve …

Tony Abbott’s wind farm committee yet to advise Government on health impacts – Politics

Tony Abbott’s wind farm committee yet to advise Government on health impacts – Politics

Posted June 12, 2018 14:57:25 An expert group drafted almost three years ago to assess the health impacts of wind turbine noise has not yet been able to work out what sounds it should be measuring, despite costing the taxpayer about $500,000. Key points: Wind turbine committee set up after …

Teen put in spit mask by Brisbane prison guards sues Queensland Government for $750K

Teen put in spit mask by Brisbane prison guards sues Queensland Government for $750K

Updated June 12, 2018 07:48:30 Related Story: Images show 17yo in spit mask at Brisbane prison Related Story: Queensland youth detention abuse concerns ‘taken to government in April’ A man who was restrained in a spit mask as a teenager in a Brisbane prison and claims he was “treated like …

Anti-espionage bill’s scope to be tightened in Government bid to gain Labor’s support

Anti-espionage bill’s scope to be tightened in Government bid to gain Labor’s support

Updated June 08, 2018 11:24:04 The Federal Government has offered to make sweeping amendments to another key anti-espionage bill as it presses Parliament to pass its full suite of laws cracking down on foreign interference. Yesterday, a bipartisan parliamentary committee hammered out a compromise on a bill introducing tough new …

Queensland Government considering funding $100m road for Adani mine, documents show

Queensland Government considering funding $100m road for Adani mine, documents show

Updated June 06, 2018 07:27:53 Photo: The Moray-Carmichael Road, pictured in 2014, would cost an estimated $100m to upgrade. (Supplied: Adani Mining Pty Ltd – Road Impact Assessment 2014) The Palaszczuk Government is still considering covering the estimated $100 million upfront cost of road access for Adani’s Queensland mine, despite …

Austria’s right-wing Government plans to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

Austria’s right-wing Government plans to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

Posted June 08, 2018 20:16:42 Photo: Both coalition parties have called for tougher immigration controls and a crackdown on radical Islam. (Reuters: Heinz-Peter Bader) Austria’s right-wing Government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 imams in what it says is “just the beginning” of a push against …

SA Government decides not to go ahead with Aboriginal treaties

SA Government decides not to go ahead with Aboriginal treaties

Posted June 08, 2018 18:59:55 The South Australian Government has scrapped a process to negotiate treaties with the state’s Aboriginal nations. It comes on the same day the Northern Territory pledged to work towards a treaty with its Indigenous peoples. Premier Steven Marshall said his government was instead in the …

Indigenous treaty a step closer after NT Government makes historic pledge

Indigenous treaty a step closer after NT Government makes historic pledge

Posted June 08, 2018 12:49:58 Photo: Gumatj dancers at Barunga, where the memorandum of understanding was signed this morning. (ABC News: Emily Napangarti Butcher) The Northern Territory Government has pledged to work towards a treaty with the Indigenous peoples. Thirty years after the Barunga statement was given to former prime …

China furious, as Government and Labor unite on barriers against foreign interference – China power

China furious, as Government and Labor unite on barriers against foreign interference – China power

Updated June 08, 2018 08:03:37 Photo: Given Bill Shorten’s national security stance, and the usual bipartisan functioning of the intelligence and security committee, it is not surprising that agreement has been reached on the bill. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Related Story: Government offers to make sweeping amendments to key anti-espionage …

Embattled SA Local Government Association president resigns

Embattled SA Local Government Association president resigns

Posted June 07, 2018 21:43:26 South Australian Local Government Association president Lorraine Rosenberg has resigned following a special meeting of the organisation’s executive committee this afternoon. A motion of no confidence was also passed against Ms Rosenberg as Onkaparinga Mayor on Tuesday night following issues around the council’s spending and …