Indigenous affairs


Aboriginal painting breaks record of highest selling painting by female Australian artist and more Zedlines

Earth's Creation, painted by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, has sold for 2.1 million dollars at Fine Art Bourse auction, setting the record for a female Australian artist. Photo source: Fine Art Bourse

Earth's Creation broke its own record set in 2007 when it sold for 1.05 million dollars.

The auction was held on Thursday at Cooee Art, Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery.

Auctioneer Tim Goodman believes the sale will revitalise the Aboriginal art market.

The artwork has been granted an export permit to be displayed to further international audiences.

Traditional adoption practices to be acknowledged under Labor government

New owner of Valley’s landmark buildings to be unveiled by Christmas and more Zedlines

New owners of Fortitude Valley’s landmark buildings will be revealed by Christmas, with several expressions of interest for the Walton’s building on Mcwhirters on Wickham street.

Vacant land is also of keen interest for potential new owners, with a 3.5 hectare L-shaped block adjacent the Fortitude Valley train station receiving interest from both investors domestic and abroad.

The properties owned by the Lee family have been put on the market to allow for major development in the area.


Queensland farmers call for government reform to natural disaster

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is calling on the government to implement policy and funding reforms to support farmers before and after natural disasters.

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

Manus protesters charged

Five people protesting against the treatment of refugees on Manus Island have been charged in Sydney. Photo Source: Flickr

Two men and three women will face court next month for trespassing, after they climbed to the top of the Sydney Opera House on Thursday to hang banners calling for government action.

Police climbed the sails of the Opera House to arrest the protesters.

Activist group Whistleblowers, Activists, and Citizens Alliance claimed credit for the protest on Facebook.

Police defend handgun crackdown resisted by rural farmers

First open transgender woman elected in Virginia and more Zedlines...

A transgender woman has unseated one of Virginia's most socially conservative lawmakers, becoming the first openly transgender person elected and then seated in an American state legislature. (Image sourced from Wikipedia)

Democrat Danica Roem, 32, beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall, 73, in the northern Virginia district near Washington DC.

Mr Marshall is the man who unsuccessfully pushed a bill that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use, and as such, it is believed the election was seen by some as a referendum on rights for gay and transgender people.

Four people rescued after a helicopter crash in the Whitsundays.

Optus offers compensation to NBN customers and more Zedlines...

Optus is the latest telecommunications giant to offer compensation to customers who have not received the National Broadband Network speeds they were promised. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The admission by Optus that some customers might have been overcharged follows yesterday's move by Telstra to refund around 42,000 accounts where advertised speeds could never be achieved.

Like Telstra, Optus has attributed the underlying source of undelivered speeds to NBN copper wire access.

School fails students in marking blunder

The Queensland Education department has admitted that a significant marking blunder at an Ipswich state school could affect the chances of some senior english students gaining entry into university.

Telstra compensate for slow NBN... and more Zedlines

Telstra has admitted it may have breached the Australian Consumer Law by promising super fast speeds on the NBN. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The company has offered compensation to 42,000 customers who have experienced slow internet connection after false, misleading claims were made to them in advertising.

The ACCC investigated Telstra’s claims over the last two years, and now says customers were not receiving the high speeds they paid for.

Telstra will allow their customers refunds, a change of internet plans or the option to leave their contracts entirely without paying a fee.

Pisasale stole from Men’s Shed, court hears

Syria joins Paris Climate Agreement... and more Zedlines

Syria announced it would join the Paris climate agreement during the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany yesterday. (Image: Wikimedia commons)

From here, the country will have to submit its “instruments of ratification”; this will likely include part of the Syrian constitution which stipulates protection of the environment.

Syria’s move to join now makes the US the only country in the world to not be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Melanoma rates in Queensland stable for the first time

A new study by the Cancer Council Queensland shows for the first time, incidence rates for invasive melanomas in people aged over 60 have stabilized and are beginning to fall.

Forecast for Great Barrier Reef suggests more bleaching will occur this summer and more Zedlines

Forecasts for this summer suggest that, while there is unlikely to be mass bleaching events like those that occurred in 2016 and 2017, there is still reason to be concerned for the Great Barrier Reef.

While forecasts are still uncertain, the Coral Watch program of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration put much of the reef on Alert Level 1 in February 2018, meaning that bleaching is likely.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a researcher from the University of Queensland, says the results are reason to worry, as heat stress may inhibit the coral’s chances of recovery.

Coral spawning events will emerge in the coming weeks, however may be inhibited by the coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which left around 50 per cent of the reef’s coral cover dead.

Fiji’s presidency of Climate Change Conference draws attention to climate migration and more Zedlines...

The UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, known as COP23, kicks off today, with Fiji as this year’s president.

This will give the country an opportunity to draw attention to the risks of coastal erosion and regular flooding, which has necessitated the relocation of whole villages, including that of Vunidogoloa and Vanua Levu, and is attributed by village residents and the government to global warming.

Similar issues are also faced by other Small Island Developing States, with Dr Celia McMichael from the University of Melbourne’s School of Geography stating that lower-income areas are most vulnerable to climate-related migration risks.