Assisted Dying Bill Introduced into NSW and more Zedlines...

The voluntary assisted dying bill will be introduced to the New South Wales Parliament today by National’s MP Trevor Khan. (Image Source: Flickr)

The bill will allow patients to self-administer a lethal substance to end their lives by a medical practitioner or nominated person if they are at least twenty-five years old, suffering from a terminal illness which will result in death within twelve months and experiencing severe pain.

The bill will be decided by conscience vote later this year.

 

QUT Creates Australia’s First Lithium-ion Battery

Australia’s first Lithium-ion battery has been created by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) at a purpose-built facility on Brisbane’s northside.

The facility in which these batteries were produced took three years and $4 million to develop, and can now produce batteries similar to those used to power Tesla cars.

Peter Talbot from QUT's Institute for Future Environments hopes that the project will kick start an Australian battery manufacturing industry.

 

Sunshine Coast in Need of Rain

Thousands of people in the Sunshine Coast hinterlands are praying for rain as many of their water tanks run dry.

Unfortunately many of the residents are not connected to the water grid, and with the lack of substantial rain, this means many have run out of water.

In an effort to try and ease the pressure on residents the Sunshine Coast Council has introduced emergency measures, and more facilities have been opened to allow locals to refill water containers.

 

Pumped hydro storage ‘could make Australia run on renewable energy alone within 20 years’

An analysis conducted by the Australian National University (ANU) found that Australia has the capacity to store up to one thousand times more renewable energy than it could ever conceivably need.

ANU Engineering professor Andrew Blakers conducted the study looking into pumped hydro sites and has concluded that there are at least twenty-two thousand suitable locations nationwide.

Professor Blakers says if storage were built at just a tiny fraction of those places, Australia could transition to one hundred percent renewable power within two decades.

 

Manus and Nauru refugees told they'll be resettled in US, more approvals expected in coming months

The first refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centre to be resettled in the United States could land in the US within a week.

Of the refugees, fifty-four men, women and children from Manus Island and Nauru have been told they will be accepted into the US Refugee Admissions Program, under a deal struck between Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former US President Barack Obama.

Refugees on Manus Island are being told they will be flown to Port Moresby on Sunday the 25th of September and then to the US two days later.

 

Hurricane Hits Puerto Rico

Nine have been killed and hundreds of homes have been destroyed in Puerto Rico after being hit by category four storm Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico is expected to be hit by more threatening winds in the next twelve to twenty-four hours.

This is the second hurricane to hit the country in two weeks.