Smoking Pack Warning Labels Help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Quit Smoking

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today.

The study, by Menzies School of Health Research shows that graphic warning labels motivate quit attempts as well as increase smokers’ awareness of the health issues caused by smoking.

Smoking is responsible for twenty three per cent of the health gap between indigenous people and other Australians.

Opposition asks for Turnbull's intervention in Defence force land acquisition

Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, is asking for Malcolm Turnbull's intervention in the Army’s proposed land acquisition in Northern Queensland, saying it will have massive implications for locals

The land surrounding the Shoalwater Bay training facility is home to more than 100,000 head of cattle and 14 significant ecosystems, which the Australian Defence Force (ADF) expansion would see either displaced or under threat.

While the Commonwealth Land Act does allow the Federal Government to acquire State-owned land, Queensland Environment Minister Dr Stephen Miles, expects the Defence Department to review the social and environmental impacts of the land grab.

School bus evacuation after engine catches on fire

A Kangaroo Bus Lines school bus was evacuated this morning around 8am on Anzac Avenue in the Redcliffe Peninsula after a fire is believed to have ignited in the engine bay.

Emergency crews arrived to extinguish the flames within 10 minutes after a call was made and the bus driver had attempted to put the fire out with the two extinguishers on the bus.

The students on the bus are believed to attend various schools around the peninsula, all managing to make it off safely and escaping injury before boarding another bus and taken to school.

Government defends renewable energy target after criticism by Abbott

The Coalition is being forced to defend the Government's renewable energy target after former prime minister Tony Abbott called for it’s scrapping.

Mr Abbott accused the Turnbull Government -over the weekend -of taking the public for mugs and says the target will destroy heavy industry in the state.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg dismissed calls to cancel the energy target, saying it is  moderate compared to Labor’s and the Government was on track to meet the 2020 target.

Zulu dancers turn to fake pelts to help save endagered Leopard

Some Zulu men are embracing fake leopard hides, in an attempt to help save the endangered animal from extinction.

More than 1000 male dancers gathered in South Africa for a Zulu ceremony, with half of them wearing the fake hides a huge step, as genuine pelts are potent symbols due to the cat’s grace and lethality.

The Panthera conservation group, which helps to preserve big cats, provided the batch of fake pelts made in china for ceremonial use.

The Zulu gathering draws followers from across South Africa, as well as neighbouring Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Airbnb to provide free housing to refugees

Airbnb announced the home-sharing company would provide free-housing to refugees and anybody else turned away from American borders.

The app’s CEO, Brian Chesky tweeted the announcement after Donald Trump enacted his ban of refugees and nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries

Mr Chesky has not described how they would provide the arrangements but the company has ensured details will be provided soon.