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The Australian Medical Association says public hospitals are facing a "funding black hole" unless the government reforms taxes. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Inner-city boom for high-rise living

Around 50, 000 new inner-city units are set to be built in Brisbane, following the current high-demand trend.

Industry experts say the apartment boom is part of the city’s recovery from the global financial crisis, with 10, 000 apartments already under construction in the CBD.

While figures indicate that an oversupply of apartments with no tenants is currently not a risk, local commentators believe Brisbane is nearing its saturation point.


New laws worry local bars

A new blanket approach to reducing alcohol-fuelled violence has some small business owners worried about the impact on business.

Boutique bar owners in the West End say the laws will punish small bar owners and should instead cover nightclubs and trouble spots.

The proposed laws include a ban on selling shots after midnight and last drinks to be served at 2AM.


Tasmanian fires still burning

Bushfires are still raging in Tasmania’s north-west, where an emergency warning remains in place for the small community of Temma.

Fourteen crews spent the night fighting the 12,000 hectare bushfire which has now been burning for days.

A team of 40 firefighters from New Zealand are set to arrive today to assist in battling the fires, which are forecast to burn for many more days.


Public hospitals facing "black hole" funding

A report by the Australian Medical Association is showing deteriorating conditions in public hospitals will worsen unless the federal government reforms taxes.

The report card shows the most urgent patients are waiting longer at emergency departments, bed ratios are falling, and elective surgery times are unchanging.

Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler says Australia is facing a “public hospital funding black hole from 2017.”


Zika cure possibly a decade away

Scientists in the US are warning that a vaccine for the Zika virus could be at least a decade away.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch say while a vaccine could be found within two years, approval by regulators could take another ten.

The Zika virus is carried by mosquitos and shrinks the brain size in unborn children, causing severe brain damage and sometimes death.

The virus has spread to more than 20 countries and is causing a public health epidemic in Brazil, where thousands have been infected.


Yahoo Japan promising vigilance over ivory trade

Yahoo Japan says it will strengthen its policies to combat illegal ivory trading on its online marketplace.

Over 1 million people have signed an online petition, saying the company supported a trade fuelling the slaughter of wild elephants.

A spokesperson for Yahoo Japan says the auctions site is “patrolled” 24 hours a day, and if an illegal sale appeared, it was cancelled straight away.