The Redistribution Commission has proposed changes to Queensland’s electoral map for the next election, with nineteen new or renamed electorates, including four extra seats across the state to be part of the changes. Image source: wikimedia
In Brisbane, Ashgrove, Mt Coot-tha, and Indooroopilly have been reshaped into two new electorates - Cooper and Maiwar - with MPs to have to move to one of the new electorates if they are to be re-elected.
Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said the changes may alter the electorate Queenslanders belong to, guaranteeing the next election, due in 12 months, would be contested along the new boundaries. The draft boundaries are open for comments and objections until the end of May.
As a coronial inquest into the death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei is set to close this week, advocates today staged a vigil outside the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court hoping to draw attention to the situation surrounding his death.
Mr Khazaei died of septicaemia in a Brisbane hospital in 2014 thirteen days after presenting with an infected cut in Australia’s Manus Island immigration detention centre.
The Palaszczuk Government is set to hold a Great Barrier Reef safety roundtable in Cairns tomorrow, following the continued bleaching and other tragic events along the reef.
As one of Queensland’s largest and most popular tourist attractions the roundtable will look at snorkel industry best practice standards and a possible increase in safety measures to protect visitors and the reef.
The roundtable will include Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Northern Coroner Magistrate Kevin Priestly, tourism operators and other industry stakeholders.
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The Queensland Government has announced plans to further reform the state’s child protection system (Source: Max Pizel).
The Palaszczuk Government has pledged $6 million dollars to improve information sharing between agencies when a child goes missing and set up a register of home-based childcare services.
The changes are two of the 17 recommendations by the Family and Child Commission catalysed by the death of Logan schoolgirl Tialeigh Palmer whose body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River in November 2015.
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