Criminals selling fake dogs before Christmas and more Zedlines

Queensland Police are warning that scammers are using reputable trading websites, social media, and local newspapers to sell fake dogs in the lead up to Christmas.

The culprits are claiming they have recently moved interstate or overseas and are forcing buyers to pay for transport and medical expenses before the dogs can be delivered.

Police are urging Queenslanders not to trust an ad just because it appears in a legitimate newspaper or website, saying that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

LNP electricity policy raises concerns about solar power

The LNP has announced it will end subsidies for renewable energy if it wins the Queensland election, raising serious concerns over the state’s solar power future.

Queensland is experiencing a solar boom, and is currently Australia’s leading state in solar power uptake by households and small businesses.

However, the Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council are concerned the LNP’s new policy could put significant job growth and investments in solar power at risk.

CEO John Grimes says this policy could pose serious harm to the state’s solar boom as well as the 250,000 Queensland families who use solar energy.

Gonorrhoea rates among Australians up by 63% 

A new report has found that the number of Australians diagnosed with gonorrhoea has increased by 63 per cent in the past five years. 

The report by the University of NSW's Kirby Institute found that young, heterosexual city dwellers showed an unprecedented rise, with UNSW Associate Professor Rebecca Guy stating that this finding highlights the need to raise awareness about the importance of testing.

The report also found that gonorrhoea diagnoses increased by 72 per cent for males and 43 per cent for women over a five year period.

Rates of gonorrhoea were found to be seven times higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared to the non-Indigenous population.

App to help students check-in with friends during stressful exam-time

As young people around Australia prepare for one of the most stressful times of the year, beyondblue has teamed up with ReachOut to develop an app to make it easier for people to check in with their friends.

The free smartphone app suggests steps that can be taken to make it easier to open up to someone about mental health or ask a friend how they are feeling.

ReachOut CEO Jono Nicholas says a recent survey has shown 50 per cent of 15-18 year-olds displayed concerning stress levels over exams and often prefer to speak to someone their own age rather than a qualified professional.

Suicide still accounts for more than a third of the deaths for people aged 15-24 and Mr Nicholas wants to start the conversation to end the problem.

Tax details revealed in one of history’s biggest leaks​

More than 13.4 million files have been leaked, revealing the tax minimisation details of some of the world’s richest.

Dubbed the “Paradise Papers”, the leaks were obtained by a German newspaper, and shared to over 90 media outlets, including Four Corners.

The leak, thought to be one of the biggest in history, contains information about politicians, royalty, and celebrities, including the Queen and James Packer.

The documents also provide information about the tax structures of multi-national corporations including Facebook.

Australia’s decision to refuse visas to a North Korean sporting team criticised by experts

An expert on sports and politics has criticised Australia’s decision to deny visas to a North Korean under 19’s football team.

Dr Udo Merkel from the UK's University of Brighton says that this action will have no impact on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and including sports in the latest United Nations sanctions against North Korea will not work.

Some members of the Asian Football Confederation are already against Australia playing in the region and the decision to refuse access to North Korea could anger them more.