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Live news from Australia: Large crowds attend school strike for climate change protests in Melbourne and Sydney; Albanese reports Apec leaders show great interest in Tuvalu agreement.

Died as a result of being hit by a falling tree in northern New South Wales.

  • Zoe Daniel, the Independent MP for Goldstein, discussed a rally supporting Palestine that took place near a synagogue in her district. She stated that the current levels of anxiety and tension within our communities are unparalleled.

  • Numerous students participated in demonstrations throughout Australia to support the most recent School Strike 4 Climate. At the same time, ex-diplomat Gregory Andrews was transported from Parliament House in an ambulance after more than two weeks of a hunger strike, bringing awareness to the pressing need for action on climate change.

  • The state treasurer of Queensland has denounced the reduction in infrastructure as unjust.

  • Optus released its submission to the Senate inquiry about last week’s outage. Its CEO said the telco is “deeply sorry.” The inquiry was told hundreds of triple-zero calls during Optus outage did not go through.

  • Following a sudden ban due to concerns of shark attacks, South Australian students will now have permission to return to the ocean.

  • The police officer who was killed in the Senior shooting has been identified as a member of the SA police force.

  • The education secretary for Victoria has expressed remorse for the “disastrous shortcomings” during the inquiry into sexual abuse at public schools in the state.

  • Lisa Wilkinson, a TV host, has filed a legal request for Network Ten to pay a large sum of money in advance for her legal fees. This request will be heard quickly as she defends herself against a defamation lawsuit from former Liberal staff member Bruce Lehrmann.

  • According to Anthony Albanese, the Apec leaders are highly intrigued by Australia’s agreement with Tuvalu, despite the packed schedule at the summit.

  • Six students died in a Tasmanian primary school jumping castle incident, leading to charges being filed for workplace safety violations.

  • David McBride, who exposed classified information, has admitted to committing three crimes after the highest court in the Australian Capital Territory ruled that some evidence could be kept secret for reasons of national security.

  • That concludes our session – have a great weekend.

    The announcement of a draft guideline for the wind energy sector in New South Wales has sparked controversy in the renewable energy industry.

    In our previous report, we mentioned that the map included a large portion of the state labeled as “less suitable” for wind farms. This designation was particularly inconvenient as it encompassed the majority of two out of the state’s five designated renewable energy zones.

    By Friday, the issue was resolved using a magic marker, similar to how Donald Trump marked up a hurricane.

    Process of site selection and project design. Figure 3. Suitable areas for wind energy development. From Department of Planning and Environment Draft Wind Energy Guideline.

    The previously labeled “less suitable” areas are now considered “suitable”.

    The operator was charged.

    Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have issued a collective statement on behalf of the families, stating:

    We are pleased to hear that charges have been brought forward. This was a devastating event that resulted in the loss of our precious children and has left others with physical and emotional scars.

    WorkSafe has diligently conducted an investigation into the events of that tragic day and we express our gratitude for their diligent efforts.

    We want to express our gratitude to the first responders and medical personnel who cared for our children. We also want to recognize the courageous children who rushed to help their injured friends and classmates.

    Optus ‘left costumers stranded’

    Hanson-Young continued by stating that there is a disconnect between Optus executives and their customers, demonstrated by the fact that the executives had spare sim cards from other networks on hand during the outage.

    Matthew Doran:

    During the crisis, Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin mentioned that she and other senior executives had to switch to alternative networks in order to communicate with others. This was seen as a unique situation.

    Sarah Hanson-Young:

    It is not only ironic, but also concerning that they have spare sim cards on hand in case of an outage. How many of us carry a backup sim card because we fear our phone service will fail? This is not practical nor in tune with the struggles of their customers. Optus had a contingency plan for themselves, but they left their customers without a solution.

    Optus facing backlash for service outage

    Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, the chair of the Senate committee which grilled Optus chief executive, Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, says she’s walked out of the hearing feeling “frustrated” by the telco’s lack of understanding of the public mood after Optus’ handling of last week’s 14-hour nationwide outage.

    Hanson Young informed ABC’s afternoon Briefing.

    I am not feeling any increased assurance. In fact, myself and many of my colleagues on the committee today were left feeling frustrated by Optus’ lack of comprehension regarding the frustrations and concerns expressed by customers and the general public. We felt that they were being ignored and dismissed.

    Their approach to communicating with customers is inadequate. Despite being a communications company, they struggle in this aspect. Moreover, I am skeptical about their ability to actually resolve the issues for the future. If a similar situation were to arise, it appears that they have not learned much from this experience.

    According to regulators, electricity demand could reach levels not seen in 10 years during the summer season. In such cases, the silicon cells installed on rooftops could prove to be very useful. In the past, it was stated that deer were considered to be the top emerging pest animal issue in Australia. Gough added:

    None of the other states have demonstrated such determination and investment to eliminate feral deer. It would be a remarkable accomplishment if they are able to achieve this and establish a precedent for the entire country.

    Feral deer are among the most problematic invasive species in Australia, as they contribute to issues such as overgrazing, erosion, and water pollution.

    In Victoria, Jeff Bourman of the Shooters Fishers Farmers party has proposed that hunted deer meat be given to food banks and shelters for the homeless. This would help make use of excess meat from deer that are culled by the government.

    According to AAP, a jumping castle accident at a primary school resulted in the death of six students.

    On December 2021, Chace Harrison, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Zane Mellor, Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan, and Peter Dodt lost their lives following an incident at Hillcrest Primary School. Today, Tasmania’s workplace safety regulator announced that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has submitted a complaint to the Devonport Magistrates Court.

    WorkSafe Tasmania said:

    The DPP has accused Taz-Zorb, the company responsible for the inflatable bounce house, of committing a level two violation according to the Work Health and Safety Act of 2012.

    There are accusations that Taz-Zorb did not fulfill their responsibility to ensure health and safety, resulting in a potential danger of death or severe harm to the children involved.

    A number of kids were also severely harmed in the event, when a bouncy castle being utilized for end-of-year festivities became airborne. Guardian Australia has reached out to Taz-Zorb for a response.

    Source: theguardian.com