Compulsory Drone Quiz “A Sensible Step” To Ensure Safety

A West Australian drone pilot believes a new compulsory test to assess drone users’ knowledge of air safety rules is a “proactive step” to promote responsible flying among recreational pilots. Flying Dingo drone pilot Alex Ringis said the compulsory quiz by the largest drone maker DJI in conjunction with Australia’s Civil Aviation and Safety Authority…

Nationals Divided Over Barnaby Joyce’s Political Future

Pressure is mounting on Barnaby Joyce as discussions continue within the National Party over whether the Deputy Prime Minister should resign. A mutiny against Mr Joyce is now public as party members remain divided about his position. Senior Nationals have been approached to form a delegation to ask Mr Joyce to step down, the ABC…

More Roads Not the Answer to Traffic Following Changing Commuter Attitudes

A sustainability expert claims introducing more roads to reduce traffic congestion is not the answer, following a report revealing more commuters are reconsidering their daily travel to work because of gridlock. Curtin University Professor Peter Newman said adding more roads did not fix traffic problems and could be solved by making cities more appealing for…

Investigation Launched After ABC Reveals Dumped Classified Government Files

The ABC has obtained highly classified documents found in second-hand furniture that have been deemed a breach of national security. The Prime Minister’s office has ordered an “urgent” and “immediate” investigation into the leak on Wednesday after thousands of documents were found in two old cabinets sold to a Canberra shop selling ex-government furniture, the…

Australia Day Should Be Open to Date Change: Expert

A Western Australian politics academic claims the date of Australia Day should be open for change if there is conflict over insensitivity towards indigenous Australians. Murdoch University Politics and Global Policy lecturer Dr Ian Cook claimed changing Australia Day is a political issue and the date should not be held to January 26, adding Australian…

Australian Men Arrested in Serbia Over $500m Drug Bust

Serbian police have arrested three Australians suspected of being part of an international drug smuggling ring. Police allege in a statement issued on Wednesday the men were connected to 1280 kilograms of cocaine that was discovered and seized from a Chinese container ship that had docked in Sydney in April 2017. It is believed that…

Teenagers Become “Sober Generation” As More Snub Alcohol, Drugs

More Australian teenagers are turning their backs on alcohol and drugs, earning them the title of the “sober generation”. A study by Deakin University published in the Drug and Alcohol Review has revealed a large drop in teen alcohol consumption and smoking between 1999 and 2015, calling it a “youth-led revolution”. Researchers surveyed more than…

Australian Ambassador to China Summoned to Chinese Ministry Amid Diplomatic Row

Australia’s ambassador to China has been asked to explain the Federal Government’s new foreign interference laws, after being called into China’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Jan Adams was summoned by Chinese officials as claims arose that Beijing allegedly meddled in Australian politics. China’s ambassador to Australia has also held talks with the Department of Foreign…

Intellegence Accuse Manus Island Residents Engaging In Drug and Sex Offences

The Refugee Rights Action Network has rejected allegations of drug and sex offences within the recently-closed Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island. Intelligence advice described residents allegedly engaging in shocking behaviour such as drug dealing, and sexual activities with underage girls. “I think this is another deflection by the minister Peter Dutton to deflect from…