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Federal Government planning longer jail terms for pedophiles

The Federal Government is planning to crack down on pedophiles with a series of tough new laws.

People who prey on children would face longer jail terms, mandatory minimum sentences and stricter supervision after release.

There have been calls for a publicly accessible sex offenders register but the government won’t commit to making information about offenders available.

Independent Senator, Derryn Hinch, is fighting for people’s right to know.

“If you knew a pedophile lived down the road, you wouldn’t let your children go and play down there,” he said.

“The next step is getting this on the Council of Australian Government’s agenda.”

When asked about the pubic sex offender list Justice Minister Michael Keenan dodged the question saying it wasn’t a federal issue.

“We have a national database of sex offenders which can be accessed by law enforcement,” he said.

“But it would be up to the states if they want to have one which is accessed by the public, I’ve never been one to lecture the states about what they should and shouldn’t do.”

The Minister believes the minimum sentence for child sex offenders should be 25 per cent of the maximum sentence.

In Queensland, this would mean the minimum sentence for sexual assault would be 2.5 years behind bars.

Under the proposed laws there would be tougher fines for online companies which do not report abusive material.

The government hopes to have the legislation passed by the end of the year.

Coomera River dredge to be operational within months

The new dredge facility at the Coomera river is expected to be operational by the end of the year, after a Gold Coast company won the contract for the $3 million build.

Acting Ports Minister, Steven Miles, is confident Surfers Paradise based Synergy Resource Management will look after the environment during the build.

“For many years the Coomera River could not be dredged in certain parts because of a lack of a cost effective and environmentally sound solution for disposal of the sediment,” he said.

“The project will help minimise potential environmental impacts by managing the fine, silty mud found in the upper sections of the Coomera River that is not suitable for riverbank or beach replenishment.”

The $3 million facility will give certainty of access and safe navigation along the Coomera river for larger boats including multi-million dollar super yachts.

The Minister said the Gold Coast Marine Precinct is home to more than 100 businesses employing 2,500 people and important part of the Queensland economy.

Supplied: Gold Coast Waterways Authority

Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chair, Mara Bún, said they worked with locals during the planning process and will continue to do so during the build.

“We are expecting the facility to be completed and ready for use by the end of the year. Then we can get on with the next important step of improving navigational access through our targeted dredging program,” said Ms Bún.

“All stakeholders share a common interest in ensuring safe navigational access and flood management to ensure public safety and amenity on the Gold Coast and its many waterways.”

Mishka begins Polar Bear Pre-school at Sea World

Move over Prince George, there’s another adorable youngster starting school this week.

Sea World’s Polar Bear Cub, Mishka, will make her public debut at Polar Pre-School today.

The inquisitive four-month-old will explore her new surrounds to the delight of crowds after the Main Beach theme park opened a new section of their Polar Bear Shores exhibit.

Polar Pre-School is a specially designed area which allows for Mishka to develop her life-skills, explore new substrates and learn to swim under the watchful eye of doting mum, Liya.

Image: Supplied

“This is a huge milestone in her development and I can’t wait for our guests to be able to witness her as she plays and interacts with mum,” Sea World Curator of Mammals, Mitchell Leroy said.

“She is continuing to grow significantly in size and is now weighing roughly 25kgs and starting to interact with solid foods including fish, beef and pork.

“I think everyone will fall in love with Mishka and that’s a great situation for all Polar Bears as she will help to raise awareness and create empathy for this vulnerable species.”

Image: Supplied

Senior Gold Coast police officer charged with perjury over nepotism scandal

UPDATE 5:05 PM | GOLD Coast Superintendent Michelle Stenner has officially been suspended from the Queensland Police Service after being charged with perjury.

The 44-year-old senior officer was charged with three counts of perjury and one of misconduct in a public office today after she allegedly lied under oath during a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.

FIRST 1:00 PM | A SENIOR Gold Coast police officer has been charged with multiple perjury offences following an investigation by the corruption watchdog into a nepotism scandal that has rocked the Queensland Police Service.

Superintendent Michelle Stenner was arrested on the Gold Coast this morning and formally charged with three counts of perjury and one of misconduct in public office, News Corp reports.

It’s understood Supt Stenner was charged after allegedly lying under oath about her involvement in securing a job at a local police station for the daughter of her boss, Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Terry Borland.

Amy Borland stepped into the role of a property officer at Broadbeach police station in 2016 before being promoted.

News Corp first broke the news of the scandal in its papers in May this year after an official complaint was lodged with the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

In a statement, the CCC said it has advised the Ethical Standards Command within the Queensland Police Service and, as the matter is now before the court, will not provide any further comment.

According to the Courier Mail, the two senior ranking officers have been on sick leave since last month.

After being charged, Superintendent Stenner was granted bail and released from the Southport Watchhouse.

It’s understood she’ll appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 21.

Home owner’s hairy encounter with enormous brown snake on the Gold Coast

A MAN is lucky to be alive following a frightening encounter with an enormous eastern brown snake at his house on Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast.

The man was reportedly gathering his tools for work early on Wednesday morning when he found the deadly 1.7m snake curled up under a tarp at his house at Ormeau, on the northern end of the Coast.

Believing the monster reptile was a harmless carpet python due to its sheer size, the man tried catching it when all of a sudden, it started striking at him.

Professional Gold Coast snake catcher Tony Harrison was called out to the Tillyroen Road home to catch the six-foot serpent which he said was as wide as his arm and estimated to weigh around 3.5kg. Scroll down to see the video.

PHOTO: Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher/Facebook

When Tony arrived at the house, he was greeted by the man’s wife who also thought the chunky snake was a python.

“[your husband] is lucky he is actually going to work because this is a six-foot eastern brown,” Tony said as he live-streamed the catch on his Facebook page.

“Is it an eastern brown?” the shocked woman could be heard questioning. “Woah … that is so scary!” she exclaimed.

PHOTO: Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher/Facebook

“This is the second deadliest snake on the planet that your husband tried to play with himself,” Tony replied.

“He is just lucky it is a cold morning … it was a very very cold snake, lucky for him.”

The snake was carefully bagged and will be sent to Gosford Reptile Park where it will be milked for anti-venom.

The eastern brown snake is considered to be the second-most-venomous land snake on the planet, surpassed only by the Inland Taipan.

Wednesday’s catch comes three weeks after Tony and his wife Brooke, also a professional snake catcher, were called out to bag a six-foot brown snake at a woman’s house in Tallebudgera, on the other end of the Coast.

Scroll down to see that video.

The large eastern brown had made its way into her house and wrapped itself around her young son’s LEGO city.

The large eastern brown was found terrorising LEGO city (Facebook/Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher)

In similar circumstances, the homeowner had initially mistaken the brown for a non-venomous python.

Tony said it was breeding season and male browns were on the move, looking for a mate as the weather warms up.

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