Melania Trump deals with criticism after the White House releases her first official first lady photo. Meanwhile, a petition that calls for the FLOTUS to move to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave or pay her own security bill surpassed 500,000 signatures Monday.
Mining services organisation MACA has been designated as the preferred tenderer for the bulk earthworks package at the Gruyere gold project in Western Australia. Nevertheless, the mining company will be named the official contractor in April. The work is expected to begin before the end of the current financial year.
Exports of coal from the world’s biggest coking coal region are expected to be heavily impacted by the damage caused to rail lines in northeast Australia. The catastrophe comes in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, which resulted in damage to an area of 1,000 kilometres.
Construction of a massive solar farm and battery project will be carried out in Riverland region in South Australia. Lyon Group, which is developing the battery storage, has said the project will be the biggest of its kind.
China and the Philippines will discuss the South China Sea maritime dispute in May, according to Filipino officials. Officials from the Philippine’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have been invited to China to discuss a bilateral consultation mechanism concerning the disputed areas of South China Sea.
Legalisation of cannabis remains an issue of debate among Australian politicians. Canada, on the other hand, announced that it will be introducing a legislature to legalise recreational marijuana by 2018.
Forty European business lobbies that represent companies in 34 countries have called for a post-Brexit settlement that seeks to maintain the integrity of the single market and prevents “unnecessary” barriers to both trade and investment.