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Moreton Bay Whale Season 2018

Each year, magnificent southern humpback whales pass right by us as they make their way through clear blue waters of Moreton Bay, migrating from Antarctica and back.
Intelligent and naturally curious mammals, the whales greet watchers with playful behaviour that will both delight and surprise you. If you’re in the right spot you’ll be treated to awesome displays as the gentle giants breach, blow and frolic right on our doorstep.
The best and safest way (for all involved) to see whales up close is with whale watching trip like the professional service Brisbane Whale Watching offers.
Brisbane Whale Watching’s season officially commences Saturday June 2 and departs seven days a week (weather permitting) through until November, leaving from the Redcliffe Jetty. For more information and bookings visit www.brisbanewhalewatching.com.au or try your luck in our whale watching comp...
Pictured: A pod of the whales and BWW's Eye Spy vessel in Moreton Bay last year.

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Win Tickets

In conjunction with Brisbane Whale Watching we have whale watching Family Pass valued at $460 to give away. The prize entitles two adults and two children (4 to 14 years) to an incredible day with Queensland's most experienced service, aboard the Eye Spy with Captain Kerry Lopez and crew.
The prize includes the full day whale watching cruise and buffet lunch. Whale sightings are guaranteed. The cruise commences boarding at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty.
To enter simply email comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au
with “Whale Watching Comp” in the subject line and tell us which months the whales come through Moreton Bay (you won't have to google this one). Entries close Thursday June 21, 2018. Good Luck!
Please Note: The prize is for mid-week travel only and must be used before Friday 2nd October 2018.
All regular family pass inclusions and disclaimers apply.
For more information see www.brisbanewhalewatching.com.au

National award wage increase

Australian award workers will receive a pay rise of $24.30 a week beginning in July but not everyone is happy

Last Friday (June 1, 2018) the Fair Work Commission announced a lift to the national minimum wage and award rates of pay by 3.5 per cent. This increase applies to all employees whose employers get their pay rates from the national minimum wage or any modern award wage and all employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement.
On behalf of Queensland workers Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace welcomed the news.
“This will provide a much-needed real wage increase for almost half a million low-paid private sector workers in Queensland,” she said.
“These are workers who do not enjoy the benefits of bargaining and they rely on this decision for an annual pay increase to help make ends meet."
The unions had argued for a higher increase but acknowledged the 3.5% increase, which equates to $24.32 per week, was a step in the right direction but will still leave some full-time workers struggling.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is campaigning for the restoration of a living wage, stating that the minimum wage should not leave people in poverty, that it should provide a comfortable life for low-paid workers and underpin our labour market.

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Police investigate online threat to North Lakes schools

Update: Teen charged

Police are investigating after an anonymous threat directed at schools in the North Lakes area that was posted online Sunday 27 May.
At this stage there is no credible information to indicate any direct threat to any individual or school.
Parents are advised that children can attend safely, with police conducting regular patrols of the North Lakes catchment.
Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Stream from the North Brisbane District said police continued to work with Education Queensland in assessing the threat and would urge anyone with further information to come forward.
“While there is no credible information to indicate the validity of the threat, we take all threats seriously with public safety being paramount,” Chief Superintendent Stream said.
“Police are currently working with service providers to track down the source of the post however in the meantime we would reassure everyone that students and teachers are safe to attend school,” he said.

Update: Detectives have today charged a teenage boy following threats made to a North Lakes School.
It will be alleged the boy made threats to the school and students in an online forum on Monday.
The teenage boy has been charged with one count each of use carriage service to make a threat to cause serious harm and threatening violence.
He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Stream said these are serious criminal charges with significant penalties the teenager now faces.
“The Queensland Police Service will continue to assess any threats to public safety and I would urge anyone with information to contact police,” Acting Chief Superintendent Stream said.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.
If you or someone you know needs help right now call the Kids Help Line one 1800 55 1800.

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Queensland to strengthen security measures

With futuristic biometric face matching tech

Queensland last week became the first state to amend legislation to allow police access to shared cutting-edge biometric face matching services.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Police and Other Legislation (Identity and Biometric Capability) Amendment Bill 2018 had been passed to strengthen security measures and improve Queenslanders’ safety in time for the biggest event ever held in this State – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“This Bill comes off the back of a COAG agreement between the Federal Government and all states and territories to allow law enforcement agencies in all jurisdictions to share access to passport, visa, citizenship and driver’s licence images,” Mr Ryan said.
“This is a vital investigative tool that will allow police to stay one step ahead of terrorists and criminals involved in identity fraud, with identity crime impacting one in 20 Australians every year and the annual cost to the Australian community estimated to be $2.2 billion.
“Image matching services will also help identify disaster victims."
“Queensland and other jurisdictions already share identity information on a manual and ad hoc basis, but the identity matching services will make it simpler and faster for law enforcement and security agencies to share information."

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Bullying

How to deal with this complex issue

More than 817,000 young Queenslanders returned to school recently. Sadly, it's not always an exciting for our youngest. For victims of bullying, inside and outside of school, it can be a daunting return.
Bullying is a complex issue that can take many forms and as we've seen in the media in recent years, can have tragic circumstances.
While parents may feel it's an issue they have to tackle, and the student themselves feel helpless, recent bullying research shows the need for a greater, national, response to tackle this complex issue.

How should we, as parents and carers respond?

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