Asylum Seekers

National Refugee Week has little impact on election

Monday the 20th of June begins national Refugee Week, and 4zzz caught up with Associate Professor Sarah Maddison about how Refugee Week might impact the upcoming election.

Coral bleaching at Barrier Reef could cost 1 billion in lost tourism revenue, and more Zedlines

The ongoing coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef could cost Australia one billion dollars in lost tourism revenue as the number of visitors have plummeted by more than one million people per year. (image source: Flickr)

Croc jobs to be announced in Cairns

Minister for Environment Dr Steven Miles is expected to announce new regional jobs for wildlife officers in Cairns later this morning.

The announcement will also include the appointment of a high-level specialist as part of the Government’s 5.8 million dollar commitment to crocodile management in the region.

Dr Miles announcement is scheduled for 10am this morning.

Coral bleaching at Barrier Reef could cost 1 billion in lost tourism revenue

Rome votes in first female mayor and more Zedlines

Rome has elected its first female mayor in it’s two thousand year history (image source: Flickr)

Asbestos concerns on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast authorities are investigating whether residents have been exposed to asbestos in the wake of the storm system that tore through the city on Sunday night.

Roofs were torn off and strewn all over streets in Mooloolaba, and Inspector Matt Wilson from the Police District says his team is investigating whether or not there was asbestos in any of the roofs.

Fiona Simpson, member for Maroochydore says she understands there is a genuine concern.

QLD Youth Law amendments passed

Queensland's final storm warnings eased and Zedlines

Queensland residents are being warned to remain cautious after the Bureau of Meteorology's severe thunderstorm warnings were lifted. (Image source: Flickr)

Queensland's final storm warnings eased
Queensland residents are being warned to remain cautious after the Bureau of Meteorology's severe thunderstorm warnings were lifted.

While power has been restored to many homes, Energex is still working to rectify connections to more than 6000 properties in South East Queensland.

The bureau said conditions could still be hazardous in the aftermath of the severe thunderstorms, particularly on the roads.

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases and more Zedlines

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases. (Source: Wikipedia)

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases.

The protest follows the recent arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman, with plans to close Futenma being made in 1996 after three US military personnel raped a 12 year old Japanese schoolgirl.

The plan has been on hold as residents near the proposed relocation site opposed the move, worrying about noise, pollution and crime.

Manus Island could be closed before election

Manus Island detainees could be release the custody of the Australian government two days before the election. (source: flickr)

Developments in renewable energy

A Queensland researcher discovered a new way to turn human waste into renewable electricity.

Advanced Water Management Centre researcher Dr Shihu Hu developed a way to recover more methane gas than with traditional waste treatment.

Dr Hu said his method could save hundreds of thousands of dollars at energy facilities, and could see them become energy neutral.

 

Religious education under review

More flooding as wild weather moves south and more Zedlines

After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds. (Source: Wikicommons)

More flooding as wild weather moves south
After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds.

Emergency services in Tasmania warns Launceston is facing its biggest flood threat in more than 90 years as rivers in the states north and northwest are rising faster than anticipated.

Queensland Government welcomes plan to protect the Reef and more Zedlines

The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the Federal Labor party’s announcement yesterday to invest $500 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Federal Labor’s investment would be directed by Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, Water Science Taskforce Report, the first comprehensive roadmap on how to reduce pollution in the Reef.

Prisoners release fast-tracked due to overcrowding

According to Correction Services opposition spokesman Tim Mander, Queensland prisoners are being rewarded with early release due to the Labour Government's failure to accommodate them in the state’s overcrowded prisons.

The LNP had budgeted approximately sixty-one million dollars to fund 600 beds across the state but so far only 100 have been delivered.

As a result, nine out of the eleven prisons are fast-tracking sentences to reduce the number of inmates being placed in temporary beds.

Nauru reforms criminal codes and more Zedlines

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. (Source: Wikicommons)

Nauru reforms criminal codes
Nauru has reformed its criminal codes replacing the ones based on the 1899 Criminal Code of Queensland.

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. The state has also removed death penalty and criminalised child labour.

In the past few weeks two refugees have been charged and jailed for attempting suicide and two gay refugees have been facing discrimination and violence.

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban and more Zedlines

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend. (Source: Wikicommons)

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban
Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend.

Ms Neville will meet with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to discuss the State Government’s response to the violence.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the use of face masks as well as changes to police powers that prevents officers from stopping violent protests.

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