State Government to invest in state of the art ship tracking technology and more Zedlines

The state government has announced a 36 million dollar investment in ship tracking technology in order to further protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Minister for Main Roads and Ports Mark Bailey says Queensland’s existing Vessel traffic service operations would undergo a major systems upgrade to help meet the modern demands of international shipping and environmental safeguards.

The new software would provide Queensland with state-of-the-art real-time tracking tools allowing operators to identify, monitor and interact with ships transiting through the Reef and ports around the state.


New strategy to drive Queensland’s health and medical research

State Government has planned a new strategy aimed at advancing health-related research and innovation across Queensland’s public health system is backed by $10 million in new funding.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick says research played a crucial role in finding better ways to deliver care and prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

The strategy’s key themes include developing Queensland Health’s research leaders and culture and strengthening collaboration across the Queensland research community.


Malcolm Turnbull calls for states to remove fracking policies

Four state governments have rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s request to lift restrictions on new gas production, which would allow for new gas production.

The state government argue their fracking policies cannot be so easily changed, the Prime Minister says that lack of action to change policy from state government could impact Australian energy security and Australian jobs.

The Prime Minister also told energy companies that there may be strong export control to keep more gas onshore for domestic use after experts warned of a potentially huge gas shortage next year.


Prospective update to breast screens for women unaware of breast density.

The Federal Government has agreed to review the growing evidence on the importance of knowledge about breast density with a prospective update to BreastScreen Australia sometime next year.

Studies have shown women with higher breast density are up to five times more likely to develop breast cancer, so it’s vital women are informed.

Currently, through the government-funded BreastScreen program, only women in Western Australia are told how dense their breasts are.

Breast density can’t be predicted based on how firm or heavy breasts are, it can only be revealed by a mammogram.


Pregnant women forced to escape death in Rohingya

UNFA trained midwives have come to the aid of pregnant Rohingyas and young mothers at the Kutupalong health centre.

Tania Aktar, who joined the health centre as a midwife in February, says they conducted 12 deliveries in the past 21 days.

An estimated 24,000 out of 150,000 Rohingya women of reproductive age are pregnant and lactating.

Some of the pregnant women making the journey to Kutupalong have had to run days to escape death, are deprived of food, proper clothing, and money to fund bare necessities.


Russia blames US policy for General’s death, after US-backed forces injured by Russian Strikes in Syria

A Senior Russian official has blamed ‘two-faced’ US policy in Syria for the death of a Russian general, killed by ISIL shelling near Deir Az Zor.

The Deir Az Zor area is apart of the Islamic State’s last foothold in Syria, as Regime and US-backed forces continue to fight in the six-year long war.

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces reported that six of their fighters were wounded after a Russian backed strike, Russia denied any involvement in the strike.