Student caught hacking UQ computer system to change grades

A University of Queensland student is facing serious charges after he was caught hacking the universities computer system to change his grades.

The law student was reportedly busted in the act, with security setting up hidden cameras following an earlier breach.

The student allegedly used a lock-picking device and a staff ID card to gain access to the office area.

He is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with six counts of using a restricted computer without consent, wilful damage, stealing, impersonation and possession of tainted property.

 

PM calls for cultural change to end violence against women

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a significant cultural change in Australia to address violence against women, during a speech at a White Ribbon Day event at Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Turnbull said it was absolutely critical every man who respected his wife or partner sets an example for the young males in their lives.

“The answer lies within all of us men to make this change. We have to lead by example and the most important place to lead by example is with our children and our grandchildren.”

He said, in his opinion, not all disrespect of women ended up in violence against women but that was where all violence against women began.

The prime minister said White Ribbon Day was a time to pay a special tribute to the victims of domestic violence, past and present, who had borne “the burden of our failure to act for too long”.

 Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten used the occasion to announce that a Labor government would include five days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards.

The NES provide a statutory baseline for all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

Labor will work with unions and business to discuss the rollout of the leave.

*National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.
Read more about White Ribbon Day on their website: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

NSW to get drum lines to combat shark threat

Beaches in northern NSW will soon have hi-tech drum lines installed off the coast in a bid to combat the ongiong shark threat.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair is expected to announce the $16 million shark management strategy in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

It’s understood Ballina will be the first beach in the state to get the technology this summer, which hooks and tags sharks before releasing them further out to sea.

GPS buoys alert contractors within minutes of a shark being hooked, so it can then be tagged and moved out to sea away from surfers.

The approach was “based on science, not emotion”, Premier Mike Baird told The Daily Telegraph.

The technology is used in the shark-infested waters off Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

Stanford twins due in court over Stephanie Scott murder

The man accused of killing teacher Stephanie Scott is due to appear in a New South Wales court this morning.

The family of the murdered teacher is expected to attend Griffith Local Court today, where Vincent Stanford, 24, is due to appear.

He is facing charges over the sexual assault and murder of the bride-to-be in the NSW town of Leeton in April.

Police allege Vincent sent items belonging to Ms Scott to his twin, Marcus, who has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

The men, who are both in custody, are expected to appear via audio visual link.

SE Qld school evacuated following bomb threat

A south east Queensland school has reportedly been evacuated following a bomb threat.

Emergency services rushed to Noosa District State School’s  Pomona campus on Summit Road just after 1.40pm.

All school students were immediately evacuated, with police on scene investigating the threats.