Medicinal marijuana: [NSW] Nationals MP Kevin Anderson reveals proposal to ‘license’ patients and carers

ABC News Brad Ryan 29 July 2014

Cannabis permit cards similar to drivers’ licences could be issued to terminally ill patients in New South Wales to allow them to carry medicinal marijuana.

Read more

Long and arduous task in identifying body remains

Malaysiakini 28 July 2014

Arduous scrutiny and a longer period of time – these are imperative for the Malaysian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) to profile fragments of human body parts belonging to victims of the doomed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 aircraft.

DVI chief Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud said it was a challenge for the 21 team members to meticulously decipher the identity of each victim at a Dutch military facility in Hilversum.

In one case, the team had to examine a human jaw which entailed a process lasting several hours, he told Malaysian reporters in an interview here last night.

Read more

Full force of flu season sees elective surgery cancelled in Gold Coast hospitals

Gold Coast Bulletin Stephanie Bedo 29 July 2014

PEOPLE with the flu are taking up so many desperately needed beds at Gold Coast hospitals that elective surgery has been put on hold.

Gold Coast Health, which runs Gold Coast University and Robina hospitals, has brought in the ban after the number of flu cases rose early.

Flu case numbers usually spike in August.

Read more

Orica fined more than $750,000

Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2014

Chemical giant Orica has been hit with more than $750,000 in penalties for a series of pollution incidents, including the 2011 leakage of toxic hexavalent chromium near Newcastle.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said the total sum handed down by the Land and Environment Court on Monday was the “highest penalty” that has been handed down for a matter that it prosecuted.

“The EPA is pleased with this outcome today; it does represent a significant penalty for Orica for a series of events that really did concern the local communities, particularly in Newcastle but also for Botany,” EPA chief environmental regulator Mark Gifford told reporters after the decision was handed down.

The EPA launched legal action against Orica following seven pollution incidents between October 2010 and December 2011.

Read more

MH17 – news 29 July 2014

AFP again abandon bid to reach Malaysia Airlines crash site after driving into ‘battle zone’. ABC News 29 July 2014

Black boxes show shrapnel from rocket caused Malaysia Airlines crash, Ukraine says ABC News 28 July 2014

Some MH17 victims’ remains may never be found: AFP Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2014

Australian and Dutch police will attempt to access Malaysian Airlines site again after shelling news.com.au 28 July 2014

Countries with MH17 victims agree prosecution team News Asia 29 July 2014

Ukraine parliament considers agreement to allow AFP to carry weapons into crash site ABC news 29 July 2014

 

Greg Hunt gives nod to $16.5bn mega mine

The Australian Andrew Fraser 29 July 2014 page 6

THE federal government has given environmental approval for what will be the largest coalmine in the country, with coal due to be exported to India in three years’ time.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday announced 36 conditions on Indian company Adani’s proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, including a requirement that the company must return some of the water used in mine production to the ground.

Read more

Request a copy of the article (QH staff only)

Outsource protected bureaucracy to India or Hong Kong, says Geoffrey Blainey

The Australian Adam Creighton 29 July 2014 page 3

AUSTRALIA’S greatest historian, Geoffrey Blainey, has called for swaths of the Canberra bureaucracy to be farmed out to India or Hong Kong.

“While protectionism has died in primary and secondary industries, it is still very powerful in tertiary,” Professor Blainey said in a wide-ranging interview that canvassed a socialist revival in ­advanced countries.

Read more

Request a copy of the article (QH staff only)