Gold Coast Manhunt Underway

A fortnight after the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne, Victoria, police are on the hunt for a man regarding a seperate incident on the Gold Coast, Australia. The remains of a woman was found in a dumped barrel. The suspect is a gentleman by the name of Zlatko Sikorsky, travelling in a Holden Commodore, license plate 966 WKB. Journalists have made a link to a missing girl, 16, who is the suspected victim. 

Dreamworld Inquiry

In October, 2016, a malfunction on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast let to the death of four people. The inquest, which began last week, has uncovered a plethora of damning testimony. The ride had broken down just hours before the accident, the person operating the ride had only been trained in its usage that morning and was pressured not to talk to police, and there were cutbacks in repairs and maintenance. The inquest is continuing. 

Indigenous AFL Players aren’t supported

A study of 25 former Indigenous AFL players has revealed a number of systemic problems within AFL clubs. Many participants were able to report positive experiences in the game, but were also keen to point out a lack of cultural awareness on the part of the clubs, and said they felt especially abandoned by the AFL when their playing careers were over. 

Sydney Committed to Solar Power

While most of Sydney were freezing their nipples off, the Lord Mayor Clover Moore opened the ‘Alexandra Canal Transport Depot’, powered by 1600 solar panels and supported by an enormous battery. It’s not the biggest installation in the city (Sydney Markets in Flemington hold that honour), but it’s the first to combine large-scale batteries with solar power. “Growing the uptake of renewable energy is critical in combating the worst impacts of climate change,” Ms Moore said. “We’re working towards a target of 50 per cent of all electricity in the City of Sydney area to come from renewables by 2030.” 

It’s a pity the federal government doesn’t share her views…

NEG Moving Forward…with Coal!

The Energy minister Josh Frydenberg publicly voiced his support for new coal plants this week as he headed into negotiations with members of his own party, who remain unwelcoming of the push to renewable energy. (We did a deep dive into the government’s energy policy, the ‘NEG’, last year when it was announced.)

Minister Frydenberg’s statements came in the same week that new data revealed Australia’s emissions were the highest on record over the last year. The report places most of the blame on fossil-fuel based electricity generation – code words for coal. 

Later in the week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supported his colleagues interest in new coal power stations. 

Corporate Tax Cuts On Hold

Following up on the government’s successful passing of major tax reform last week, they   attempted to pass their corporate tax cuts this week. They’ve been stubbornly trying to get them through the Senate for months now, but nobody’s budging. They’ve failed to convince One Nation and other independent senators. They’re instead hanging their hopes on a series of by-elections that are happening in July thanks to the citizenship stuff up, which may change the numbers a bit. The Labor Party, of course, remains dead set against the controversial bill, which would see billions of dollars of tax cuts go towards Australia’s biggest companies. 

A Treaty In Victoria

This week, the Victorian parliament became the first Australian state to pass legislation to create a framework for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal Australians. The bill establishes a framework for forming the ‘Aboriginal Representative Body’. It’s a small step, but it’s being hailed as historic among many Victorians. Australia remains one of the only commonwealth nations to never had a formal treaty with its Indigenous peoples. We did a deep dive on the ‘Uluru Statement’ – a well-funded report that included recommendations on reconciliation from Indigenous Australians and was summarily rejected by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – a few months ago.

Supreme Court Holds Travel Ban

In the early days of President Trump, he ordered a national ‘travel ban’ on immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries. He faced challenges in courts across the country. This week, the Supreme Court upheld his decision in a 5 to 4 decision, saying that he had acted within his power in issuing the executive order. (Importantly, one of those nine judges just announced their retirement , and Trump will nominate a successor.)

Meanwhile in Australia, our immigration system continues to produce heart-breaking stories. The mother of the Iranian asylum seeker who died by suicide on Nauru two weeks ago, has begged Australian authorities to be given access to her son’s body so she can bury him “anywhere but Nauru or Iran”. The deceased wife is on a hunger strike in protest. She is currently sleeping outside the container where her husband’s body is being kept. Officials have said the body may remain in their custody up to three months while they process autopsy findings. 

Socceroos Out of the World Cup

The Australians are out of the world cup, we were buggered by Peru. Perhaps we’ll have better luck next year at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, held in France.

Google Home Blips Out

Google Home devices inexplicably blacked out for a day or so this week. Presumably, the AI was taking some time out to plan the inevitable bloody uprising. 

Skinny Dipping in Hobart

The picture at the top is courtesy of ABC News, who covered the Dark Mofo festival in Hobart, where around 1,500 people went for a nude dawn swim in water that was a balmy 14 celsius to celebrate the winter solstice. 

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