Queensland’s borders will open next week: Here’s what will change

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a series of new measures for interstate travellers will be imposed four days earlier than initially planned. The sunshine state has almost reached its 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone. Here’s everything you need to know about entering and leaving Queensland once the new border rules come into effect:…

Mass Bitcoin mining leads to power crisis in Kazakhstan

Electricity shortages are leading to a mass exodus of cryptocurrency miners from Kazakhstan. The nation’s electrical grid operator announced it would begin rationing electricity across registered miners amid widespread shutdowns and blackouts. The Shortage Central Asia’s wealthiest country is facing pervasive power shortages caused by a dramatic increase in the number of cryptocurrency mining companies…

Education Minister Alan Tudge stands aside in light of abuse allegations

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Parliament on its final sitting day that Education Minister Alan Tudge has stood aside pending investigations into his affair with former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller. Ms Miller, who previously worked as a senior media adviser, made a statement today alleging Mr Tudge had been “abusive” during their 2017 relationship.…

Ghislaine Maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s “number two”, testimony says

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of deceased financier and alleged sexual abuser Epstein, is underway this week. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts related sex trafficking, among other charges including perjury. Content Warning: This article details allegations of sexual abuse. 18 months after she was arrested, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is…

Gathering of Russian soldiers at Ukraine border raises concerns

An uncharacteristic build-up of Russian military officials at their border with Ukraine has raised concerns with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has called the accumulation of Russian forces “large and unusual”. Almost 100,000 Russian soldiers have gathered at the Ukraine border, according to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “We have…

Electric vehicles vs diesel engines: what’s the future of transport?

The federal government announced last week that it would invest $500,000 into funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Australia. The Future Fuels Strategy allows the federal government to partner with the private sector to create 2,600 jobs over a three-year plan. According to the Climate Council, transport is Australia’s third-largest source of greenhouse…

IBAC hearings into public officials, branch stacking resume

The Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is partnering with the Victorian Ombudsman to investigate allegations of branch stacking and misconduct by public officers. The investigation, entitled Operation Watts, has recommenced following three weeks of adjournment. Background The IBAC hearings are related to allegations pertaining to the conduct of both public officers and Victorian Members…