New website to track political donations during QLD election and more Zedlines.

A new website allows the live tracking of political donations made to each party in a bid to increase transparency. Image credit: ECQ

The Electoral Commission of Queensland for the first time has an online disclosure page on their website to track political donations during the election.

The ECQ website shows that almost $1 million has been donated so far  with the LNP leading in donations since the election was called.

The inclusion of the disclosure page is a part of a reform introduced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in March to improve transparency.

 

New push for breast milk donations

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital’s is one of Australia's largest donor banks for breast milk, but are reporting their supply is at dangerously low levels.

Mothers of premature babies rely on these supplies to improve survival rates for unwell infants.

Neonatal unit director Dr Pieter Koorts has called for more donations as the holiday season approaches, urging donations to supplement the dwindling supply levels.

 

Premier Palaszczuck invests for solar schools

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $97 million to install solar panels on the roofs of 800 state schools if re-elected.

Education Minister Kate Jones said the solar energy program will save $10.2 million a year on energy costs and reduce school’s carbon footprint.

The initiative is reported to support up to 300 jobs through its rollout.

 

Report pushes for link between medical care and connection to country.

New reports say Indigenous Australians are travelling over 1,000 kilometers for kidney dialysis.

The Menzies School of Health Research report has shown patients and carers from across central Australia have demanded health ministers to provide more holistic care.

Dr. Jaquelyne Hughes said health care systems meet medical care needs, but should focus on helping Indigenous Australians feel connected to their country and culture while receiving treatment.

 

PM of Lebanon rejects rumours of being held captive

The resigned Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri is rejecting rumours that he is being held captive in Saudi Arabia.

Hariri resigned eight days ago to shock from the Lebanese population but states that he will soon return to Beirut.

Hariri is siteing interference in Lebanon by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah as influencing his decision to quit, adding that he fears assassination.

 

PM Turnbull meets with Philippines President Duterte for the first time.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with the Philipines President Rodrigo Duterte for their first bilateral meeting before the East Asian Summit.

Prime Minister Turnbull discussed issues of ongoing terrorism, tensions in the South China Sea and also the Philipines war on drugs.

The Philippines Alliance of Human Rights Advocates said from July of 2016 there has been 12,000 extrajudicial deaths.