Australia’s largest coal mine given tick of approval

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has approved the controversial Adani coal mine and rail project in remote central Queensland.

The approval comes with 36 conditions, including a one-million-dollar donation to fund research into endangered species in the area.

The project is expected to produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year.

Questions over how the $16 billion project will be financed still remain unanswered.

PHOTO: adanimining.com

PHOTO: adanimining.com

Two men charged over murder of NSW police employee Curtis Cheng

UPDATE: TWO men have been arrested and charged in relation to the death of New South Wales police employee Curtis Cheng.

An 18-year-old Wentworthville man, who’s spent more than a week in custody, following last week’s counter terrorism raids in Sydney has been charged with terrorism-related offences.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the offences the 18-year-old has been charged with carry a maximum lifetime imprisonment.

A 22-year-old man will be charged with supplying the gun that killed NSW police employee Curtis Cheng on October 2.

Police say the 22-year-old man was arrested in Merrylands at 10.45am today.

The 22-year-old will face Parramatta Local Court and the 18-year-old man is due to appear at Central Local Court tomorrow.

UPDATE: POLICE have confirmed that they have arrested a second man in relation to the death of New South Wales police employee Curtis Cheng.

Police are in the process of charging an 18-year-old, believed to be the one responsible for obtaining the firearm from a Middle Eastern crime gang and passing it on to 15-year-old Farhad Jabar.

He is expected to be charged with supply of firearm, breach of firearm prohibition order.

A 22-year-old man has now also been arrested and is being questioned over the supply of the gun.

The two men are expected to face Sydney courts on Friday.

Mr Cheng was shot dead by 15-year-old Farhad Jabar outside NSW police headquarters on October 2.

EARLIER: A MAN taken into custody in last week’s counter terrorism raids in Sydney, is expected to be charged in relation to the death of police employee Curtis Cheng.

Reports suggest the 18-year-old was the one responsible for obtaining the firearm from a Middle Eastern crime gang and passing it on to 15-year-old Farhad Jabar.

Jabar shot dead Mr Cheng outside Parramatta police headquarters on October 2.

The man is expected to be charged this afternoon and will appear in court tomorrow.

Man charged over fraudulent Sydney business

A man has been charged with defrauding building contractors and suppliers across Sydney since 2012.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Fraud & Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Sepal to investigate fraudulent activity following the insolvency of Saferway Constructions Pty Ltd.

Police will allege in court that a new company was established to avoid liabilities incurred, to gain financial advantage and to defraud numerous building sub-contractors and building material suppliers.

Following extensive inquiries, a man was arrested at Parramatta Police Station today.

He was charged with seven counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and make false document to obtain financial advantage.

He has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday 12 November 2015.

As their inquiries continue, Strike Force detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information relevant to the investigation to come forward.

Qld Crime Report reveals drop in armed robberies, however rise in drug, domestic violence offences

The crime rate in Queensland has continued its decade-long downward trend and has remained relatively stable over the last financial year, Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller said today.

Minister Miller and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart today released the Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review (ASR), which gives Queenslanders a snapshot of crime rates and trends across the state.

“Queensland continues to be a safer place to live, work and visit than it was ten years ago. The crime rate has dropped by 12 per cent since 2005/6 – continuing its decade-long downward trend,” Minister Miller said.

“Year on year, 2014/15 saw crime remain relatively stable, with just a small increase of 0.4 per cent overall. We saw a 2.8 per cent drop in offences against the person and a 5.4 per cent drop in offences against property – and that is significant.

“While the ‘other’ offences category has increased 6.7 per cent, these include things like drug and public nuisance offences which are generally detected by police rather than reported by the public. This demonstrates a proactive commitment to policing across Queensland.”

Minister Miller said there had been significant reductions in the rate of a number of serious offences.

“We’ve seen a drop in armed robberies and assaults as well as unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful entry offences.

They are all down 22, three, 12 and 16 per cent respectively,” Minister Miller said.

We’ve also seen overall reductions in the crime rate across diverse areas of the state including Ipswich (down 4.9 per cent), Logan (down 4 per cent), the Southside (down 3.3 per cent) and the Capricornia District (down 6.2 per cent) – but there is more work to do.

“While it’s disappointing that there has been an increase of 13 per cent in breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders, the Palaszczuk Government has already moved to deal with this issue head on with a raft of actions and improvements to the way police handle complaints.

“It’s also not surprising to see an increase in the rate of drug offences by about 20 per cent given that over the past five years, the weight of police Ice seizures have increased more than 100 per cent. We must not lose sight of the fact that this also means that our police are nabbing more drug-peddlers and keeping more dangerous drugs off the street.”

 

“The results reported in this year’s Annual Statistical Review reflect sustained improvements in safety and quality of life for Queenslanders. I would like to thank all members of the Service, the community and our partners for their ongoing efforts and commitment,” Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said

 

KEY STATEWIDE CRIME FIGURES FOR 2014/15

Overall crime rate: 

  • Crime in Queensland has remained relatively stable, with a small increase of 0.4 per cent

Offences against the person:

  • Overall rate of offences against the person decreased by 2.8 per cent.
  • The number of homicide (murder) offences rose from 42 in 2013/14 to 53 in 2014/15.
  • The assault rate decreased by 2.9 per cent.
  • The number of assaults on police fell from 1495 offences in 2013/14 to 1344 offences in 2014/15.
  • The number of rape and attempted rape offences increased from 1462 offences in 2013/14 to 1697 offences in 2014/15 which equals a rate increase of 14.2 per cent. The rate of other sexual offences increased by 6.6 per cent.
  • The rate of robbery offences dropped by 17.7 per cent. Armed robbery offences decreased from 866 incidents in 2013/14 to 684 in 2014/15, representing a 21.9 per cent decrease.
  • There was a 1.8 per cent rise in the rate of kidnapping and abduction offences when adjusted for population growth.

Offences against property: 

  • The rate of overall property offences decreased by 5.4 per cent.
  • The rate of unlawful entry offences decreased by 15.9 per cent (a decrease of 5430 offences from 2013/14). There was a 19.1 per cent drop in unlawful entry of dwellings and a 6.7 per cent fall in unlawful entry into other premises. Unlawful entry of shops fell by 25.7 per cent in 2014/15.
  • Arson offences fell by 59 offences, or 6.3 per cent 2014/15.
  • The rate of other property damage offences fell by 13.1 per cent when adjusted for population growth.
  • The number of instances of unlawful use of motor vehicle fell from 10,292 offences in 2013/14 to 9145 offences in 2014/15 with 1147 fewer offences being committed.
  • The rate of other theft fell by 3.6 per cent.
  • The overall rate of fraud offences increased by 26 per cent when adjusted for population growth. Computer fraud recorded a decrease of 94 offences and cheque fraud fell by 32.9 per cent, credit card fraud rose by 20.2 per cent, identity fraud rose 52.9 per cent and other fraud rose by 36.2 per cent.

Other offences: 

  • The overall crime rate for other offences increased by 6.7 per cent.
  • The rate of drug offences increased by 20.4 per cent over this reporting period.
  • The rate of prostitution offences increased by 15 per cent when population growth is considered.
  • Liquor offences dropped by 12.1 per cent and good order offences rose by 2.8 per cent.
  • The rate of Weapons Act offences increased by 20.4 per cent.

Police appeal for help to find missing 12yo Sunshine Coast girl

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 12-year-old girl reported missing from Caloundra yesterday.

Iesha-Bella Taylor left an Osprey Street address between 11.30am and 12.30pm, and hasn’t been seen since.

She is described as being 160cm tall with a solid build, dark brown hair and is believed to be wearing a black singlet, a grey/white singlet, black leggings with holes above the knees, black shoes and a tie-dyed hand bag.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Iesha-Bella, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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