Dutton labelled a liar, and more Zedlines

Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has been accused of lying after making comments on a shooting incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre. Image source: Wikimedia

Dutton alleged the incident, which saw detainees forced to shelter inside as locals stormed the facility, escalated after asylum seekers were seen leading a local 5-year-old boy into the centre.

Refugees on Manus Island refuted these claims, and said that any implication of a young boy being led anywhere is nonsense, and that Dutton is a liar who is trying to hide the truth.  


Brisbane’s worst roads to travel during peak hour!

An RACQ report has found Brisbane motorists are being forced to travel up to 78 km/h below the speed limit on many major roads during peak times.

The March Travel Time Performance on Major State Corridors report found parts of the Centenary Motorway continued to be the slowest peak-hour inbound road, with the average speed between 6am and 9am at 22 km/h, compared with 92 km/h between 9am and 4pm, far closer to the maximum speed of 100 km/h.

The Pacific Motorway at the Captain Cook Bridge is Brisbane’s slowest peak-hour outbound road, with motorists travelling between 4pm and 7pm expecting a brisk average speed of 26 km/h.


Singing could be beneficial for those with Parkinson’s disease

The search is on for two groups of choirs to trial a new program exploring the link between singing and Parkinson’s disease.  

Researchers from The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University have launched the Sing To Beat Parkinson’s program, aimed at exploring whether or not singing could be beneficial for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

The program will be based out of the South Bank and North Lake campuses, and interested parties can contact The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre for more details.


Petition against controversial art installation

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition against an art instillation planned to take place in Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art in June, after the artist revealed a freshly killed bull would be featured in the piece.

The museum's founder and owner, David Walsh defended the artwork stating it would start a conversation about meat.

Artist, Hermann Nitsch, has created controversial artwork for decades as a high-profile figure in the Viennese Actionism movement.

Hobart’s Lord Mayor, Sue Hickey, described the show as ‘sick’, and said that she would investigate whether her council could halt the three-hour installation.


Astronomers discover new ‘Super-Earth’

An international team of astronomers have discovered a new ‘Super-Earth’ currently orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years away, which may be able to house life.

The planet, dubbed LHS1140b, is 1.4 times the size and seven times the mass of Earth and is positioned within the dwarf star's habitable zone.

Lead author and astronomer Jason Dittmann said the discovery ticked a lot of boxes, and that the planet orbits a quiet star, which at a distance could mean that there is liquid water on the planet.

Dittman’s team have been approved to use the Hubble Space Telescope to begin the next stage of research to discover whether the star is as inactive at high energies as believed.


Venezuelan President comes under fire for Trump funding

The Venezuelan president has come under fire after recent documents revealed a state-owned petroleum company donated five-hundred thousand dollars to Donald Trump’s inauguration fund, despite the country’s current economic instability.

The company, Citgo Petroleum, is an American affiliate to Venezuela’s PDVSA, which provided the Trump inauguration with one of the highest contributions, falling short only to the Bank of America, which donated $1 million.  

With opposition leaders being imprisoned and the death toll amongst protestors rising, this new information could not have come at a more sensitive time for the country, as calls for a fresh election grow louder.