The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by another strong earthquake amid reports the death toll from an earlier quake has more than tripled. The latest quake yesterday afternoon ‒ the third to hit the tourist island since July 29 ‒ caused several buildings to collapse and further complicated rescue and relief efforts. Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency was working to verify conflicting death record updates issued by the Indonesian military, the National Search and Rescue Agency and the governor of West Nusa Tenggara, putting the number of dead between 164 and 381. More than 156,000 people have been displaced by the quakes, which caught Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel-restaurant.
Mining company Adani and the Queensland government knew that coal-contaminated water leaking into wetlands from an Adani-owned coal terminal was in breach of environmental standards, according to documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws. The ABC’s Four Corners reports that Adani sought an extension on a temporary pollution licence in March 2017 as Cyclone Debbie made landfall near the Abbot Point coal port. Communications between Adani and the Queensland environment department suggested Adani knew it would breach the licence, allowing water nine times dirtier than the regulatory limit to spill into the nearby Caley Valley wetlands.
Amnesty International has urged state and territory governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14. The human rights group used the United Nations International Day for the Recognition of Indigenous Peoples on Thursday to draw attention to the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in youth detention. Meanwhile, at a march in Sydney, seven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies called for the state government to engage with the Makarrata process proposed at the 2017 Uluru summit and for NSW to overhaul the state’s approach to child protection. A Productivity Commission report released in May found the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care had doubled since the 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations.
And the New South Wales Greens will vote on whether to disendorse state MP Jeremy Buckingham as a candidate at the state election due in March following allegations of sexual harassment. A motion “to remove Jeremy Buckingham from the Greens NSW legislative council ticket, pending completed results of an investigation into any/all harassment allegations” will be moved at the party’s state council at the weekend. Speaking to the ABC’s 7.30 earlier this month, Greens member Ella Buckland alleged Buckingham touched her inappropriately in 2011. Buckingham has denied the allegation, claiming it is part of an “ongoing factional attack” against him.