Indigenous affairs

 

Canada first nations chief rejects royals’ ‘empty gesture’ and more Zedlines

Some of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous leaders are rejecting an invitation to attend a royal reconciliation ceremony, in protest of the Trudeau government's approach to First Nations issues. The Black Rod ceremony is scheduled for Monday evening and will be attended by England’s Prince William and Princess Catherine. Image source: commondreams.org

Canada first nations chief rejects royals’ ‘empty gesture’

Some of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous leaders are rejecting an invitation to attend a royal reconciliation ceremony, in protest of the Trudeau government's approach to First Nations issues.

The Black Rod ceremony is scheduled for Monday evening and will be attended by England’s Prince William and Princess Catherine.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, says the organisation felt it would be inappropriate to participate.

Capilano launches world first prebiotic honey and more Zedlines

Australian honey company Capilano has today launched the world's first prebiotic honey.

Capilano launches world first prebiotic honey

Australian honey company Capilano today launched the world's first prebiotic honey.

The new product is named “Beeotic” and will be sold in Australian supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as in China.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Chinese consumers are very responsive to natural products, making it an ideal market to enter into.

 

Aboriginal man dies in custody in South Australian prison and more Zedlines

Oz Harvest Gold Coast delivers 2 million meals

The Gold Coast branch of food distribution charity OzHarvest has reached the milestone of delivering two million meals to those in need.

OzHarvest have been collecting surplus food and delivering it to groups and individuals in need for three years.

The two vans on the Gold Coast alone pick up around 1000 kilograms of food each day.

Potential meteor near Gladstone

Afghanistan Government signs peace deal with armed group and more Zedlines

The Afghanistan government signed a peace deal with Hezb-i-Islami, allowing group leader to return to the country and provide an amnesty for fighters. Image source: Wikipedia

Afghanistan Government signs peace deal 

The Afghanistan Government have signed a peace deal with armed group Hezb-i-Islami which allows the group's leader to return to the country and an amnesty for former fighters.

The leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was once known as the Butcher of Kabul and this peace deal allows him to re-enter politics.

Head of the Government’s High Peace Council, Sayed Ahmad Gilani in speaking to Reuters says he hopes this is the beginning of a permanent peace in the country.

 

Indigenous rangers to pass down knowledge to combat bushfires and more Zedlines

Indigenous rangers in North Stradbroke Island are passing down their traditional knowledge down to the Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service in an effort to better manage bushfires. Image source: wikimedia

Indigenous rangers to pass down traditional knowledge

North Stradbroke Island Indigenous rangers will pass down traditional knowledge on the management of bushfires to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The skills of the Quandamooka rangers are set to be utilised in a partnership with Redland City Council.

Joint management coordinator of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Darren Burns, spoke to the ABC, saying fires in North Stradbroke are a severe problem.

Queensland orders foster care, blue card review and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government has ordered a review into foster care and the issuing of blue cards in the wake of the death of Tiahleigh Palmer whose foster father has been charged with her murder and interfering with her corpse. image source: flickr

Backpackers underpaid for labour on Queensland farm

Over 90 Korean backpackers have reportedly been underpaid several thousand dollars on a South-East Queensland farm.

An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found labour contractor Boonah Packing Pty Ltd guilty of underpaying nearly 100 casual workers more than $16,000 between July 2015 and January 2016.

The company has since started back-payments, has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking and agreed to implement measures to ensure future compliance.

 

Low berry prices hurting farmers and more Zedlines

Big supermarket chains blamed for recent drop in strawberry and blueberry prices hurting farmers.

Moreton Bay Council urges State and Federal Government to take over Flying Fox management

Moreton Bay Regional Council has tabled a motion to the Local Government Association of Queensland requesting the State and Federal Governments to take over the management of flying fox colonies.

The region has struggled with flying fox colonies for some time, with the council drafting the same motion last year.

Councillor Adam Hain says State and Federal Government influence would streamline management of the flying foxes, which cause noise and mess concerns.

MH370 Aircraft debris identified off Tanzania and more Zedlines

A wing flap from Malaysian flight MH370 has been identified after washing up off the coast of Tanzania. Image source: Flickr.com

MH370 debris located off coast of east Africa 

A large piece of aircraft debris which washed up near Tanzania has been confirmed to be from missing Malaysian Flight 370.

Experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the part numbers and identification stamps on the wing flap identify it as part of the missing plane.

Save Deanbilla Bay Group Fighting to Keep Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron From Expanding On North Stradbroke

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Back in April the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron had a lease on North Stradbroke Island transferred to them for $1 from Stradbroke mining company Sibelco. The RQYS says they have state government approval to re-zone the area from residential to freehold or long term sporting use. The club also says that Queensland Marine Safety welcomed an offer earlier this year for them to manage two thirds of an additional 66 category one moorings and that the aim of securing this property is for future genrations of sailors.

Australian Government spends $9.6 billion on offshore detention in three years and more Zedlines

It is estimated that it costs the Australian Government $400,000 annually to keep one person on Nauru or Manus Island.

Abandoned vessels to cost taxpayers millions

Queensland taxpayers could potentially pay $6 million to salvage derelict vessels off the state's coastline, as owners abandon their vessels.

There are around 200 shipwrecked vessels along the Queensland coast from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Gold Coast.

While state and federal legislation says that boat owners are responsible for the salvage of their vessels, many owners are leaving the boats for the state to deal with.

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