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Queensland govt to sack Ipswich Council

Queensland govt to sack Ipswich Council

The Queensland government will introduce laws to sack embattled Ipswich Council when parliament resumes in August. Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe on Monday announced plans to legislate the council’s removal and appointment of administrators to run things until March 2020, when the next council elections are due. “After a year of turmoil, arrests and multiple…

Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters

Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters

A court in Myanmar has charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Both…

Widespread child sex abuse haunts WA town

Widespread child sex abuse haunts WA town

Young victims of widespread sexual abuse in Western Australia’s Pilbara region are being closely monitored, the state’s child protection minister says, but it is impossible guarantee they have zero contact with perpetrators. It emerged last year 184 children had been sexually assaulted in the Roebourne area, with police laying 300 charges against 36 men as…

Japan floods kill over 100 as rescuers dig

Japan floods kill over 100 as rescuers dig

Rescuers in western Japan are racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed floods and landslides that killed more than 100 people, with dozens still missing. Rain tapered off across the region battered by last week’s downpour, revealing scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut…

Indigenous rangers get $87m funding boost

Indigenous rangers get $87m funding boost

Rangers looking after Indigenous protected areas have been handed more than $87 million to better protect biodiversity and cultural heritage. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said 48 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across the country will share the funding. “Indigenous Protected Areas support First Australians, to work on land and sea country, achieving significant…

Cave-diving Aussie Dr essential to rescue

Cave-diving Aussie Dr essential to rescue

An Australian doctor with 30 years of cave-diving experience wouldn’t have hesitated for a second in joining a rescue mission to save a young Thai soccer team from their cave prison, his colleague and boss says. Adelaide anaesthetist and underwater cave explorer Richard “Harry” Harris risked his own life on Saturday to make the treacherous…