Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Australia will bid to rejoin the United Nations Security Council for the 2029/2030 term.
Ms Bishop told the UN General assembly on Tuesday, that the bid was far away, but it would give the government enough time to campaign for the seat, “We don’t want to spend unnecessary time and resources trying to campaign at an earlier slot.” Australia was previously on the Security Council until it expired after the 2013/2014 term.
Person of interest has extensive criminal record
A person of interest in the missing child William Tyrrell case has an extensive criminal record, according to police. Since 1975, Anthony Jones has been convicted for over 90 offences in NSW, which include drug charges, assaulting women and children, breaking and entering, escaping police custody, and setting fire to motor vehicles. Mr Jones was also a member of the Grandparents As Parents Again (GAPA) group that police believe harboured a paedophile ring. Mr Jones was jailed last week for an aggravated indecent assault of a minor.
Uber to be regulated
Reforms to ACT legislation will now allow ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, to be regulated. The ACT government will be the first state or territory in Australia to introduce such reforms, which will include the reduction of taxi licence fees and the operational costs of hire cars so they can still remain competitive. Taxi licence fees will be reduced to $10,000 from $20,000 and then dropped to $5000 next year. “These reforms champion innovation and help taxi and hire car services remain sustainable and important modes of travel in the territory,” ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr told the media.
Peter Greste pleads
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has formally asked Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to be pardoned from New York. Mr Greste’s Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were both pardoned last week by the president, and were released hours later. Mr Greste’s name was not included on the list. He was released from prison in February, but was sentenced to jail last month in a retrial, and was found guilty for broadcasting lies that supported the illegal Muslim brotherhood.
Sydney shark summit
About 70 marine biologists and scientists from around the world gathered in Sydney on Tuesday for a shark summit to discuss new technologies that could reduce the amount of shark attacks. The new and innovative technologies discussed at the summit, held at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, include electric deterrent barriers, physical and visual barriers, Sonar technologies and satellites, and tracking tagged sharks in real time. The summit came after a spike in attacks, 29 shark attacks have occurred in Australia in 2015 alone, 13 of which happened in NSW and two which resulted in fatalities. – Daniel Walker
Top photo of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop from Brooking Institution’s Flickr photostream.