The Federal Government has thrown its support behind a second underwater power cable to help ease the strain on Tasmania’s energy crisis.
Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt announced that, should the coalition be re-elected, the government would spend $250 million on a second inter-connecter cable from mainland Victoria to Tasmania. The existing Basslink cable usually supplies more than 30 per cent of Tasmania’s power supply, but has has been out of action since December. With the estimated cost set to reach almost $1 billion, the project would require investment from the private sector to cover costs. Mr Hunt is confident the government project would receive private support. Responding to the announcement Labor attacked the Coalition’s plan and reaffirmed its own pledge of $500 million should they be elected.
Injured tourists evacuated from Vanuatu
An 11-year-old boy is among a group of seriously injured Australians airlifted out of Port Vila following a head-on bus crash involving P&O Pacific Dawn passengers. An air ambulance carrying a critical care doctor and two flight nurses was dispatched last night to transport patients to the Royal Brisbane Hospital from Vanuatu. Other passengers, some of whom suffered head injuries in the collision, were taken to Noumea for treatment. P&O has suspended its contract with the local bus service provider pending further investigation into Sunday’s crash.
Young girl avoids injury after car smashes Sydney bedroom
A four-year-old girl narrowly avoided injury after a car smashed into the wall of her Sydney bedroom. The Holden Commodore crashed through the bedroom wall at around 4am this morning in Rockdale. Emergency services were called and extracted the car from the house but the male driver of the car has not been found despite a police search of the surrounding area.
Anti-psychotic medication of juveniles may have lasting effects
Neuroscientists at the University of Wollongong have found that medicating juvenile rats with behavioural problems may lead to depression and anxiety later in life. The study looked at three drugs including Risperidone, Olazapine and Aripipazole. Michael De Santis, a PhD student, found that using the drugs to block receptors in a growing brain would lead to more receptors, meaning mental health conditions could potentially get worse as the rats developed. The research has clear implications for human use, suggesting more research is urgently needed. – Compiled from online sources by Luke Cullen
Photo of Basslink cable from Basslink website.