130 Children Die Daily from Saudi-backed Blockade

Seven million people are on the brink of famine and nearly 900,000 have been infected with cholera since the Saudi-backed coalition closed all air, land and sea ports.

Reports from an  international aid group say approximately 130 children die each day in Yemen, due to the ongoing Saudi-led coalition.

According to the Save-the-Children report, more than 50,000 children have died from extreme hunger and disease as a result of the coalition closing all ports to stop the flow of arms from Iran last November.

The UN is also calling for the blockade to be lifted, and said it could lead to the largest famine the world has seen in decades.

 

LNP member unsure he'll support same-sex marriage bill despite electorate's voting yes.

An LNP State Member of Parliament says he is unsure if he will support the same-sex marriage bill, despite over 60 per cent of his electorate voting yes.

Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth says he will base his decision on whether or not the legislation will offer protections for religious freedoms.

Mr Howarth urged all members of his electorate to vote in the survey and said he would back their decision, but is now saying he may abstain.

 

Queen's Wharf Leaves 20,000 metres of bare riverside area.

One of the biggest demolitions in Brisbane’s history is almost completed and will leave 20,000 square metres of riverside area bare.

The site will be utilised for the the multi-billion-dollar Queen's Wharf project, which will eventually make up over ten percent of the CBD’s total area.

The next stage of the development involves the state's deepest ever industrial excavation.

Development of the cleared site will start in early 2018.

 

Facebook and Australian Government partner to stop "intimate images" shared online.

Facebook and the Australian Government are working together to create a scheme aimed at dealing with the unauthorised sharing of intimate images online.

The scheme has raised concerns with users, who are being asked to share copies of these photos in private chat sessions with Facebook, in order to create a faster take-down process.

The social media giant has plans to roll out the scheme in the United States and United Kingdom in the future.

 

Australia's power grid suited to renewable energy, says Scientists.

A new report commissioned by Australian scientists said Australia’s power grid could be far more suited to renewable energy than previously thought.

The new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies states a renewable energy supplement of up to 50 percent is possible without compromising on reliability - and could be an enormous opportunity for industry growth within Australia.  

The Turnbull government has insisted the switch to renewable energy will require massive investments in storage to ensure the reliability of the national power grid.

 

Mugabe avoids resignation.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has avoided resignation after his much-anticipated televised address to the nation.

The ruling ZANU-PF party expelled Mugabe as its leader on Sunday, and gave him until Monday to step down as president -or face impeachment.

The military has seized power and placed Mugabe under house arrest, where he has been given the ultimatum.