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QLDers might not get a fare deal if Uber is made illegal, and more 9am Zedlines

Queenslanders could face higher taxi fares and long waiting times if Uber is made illegal (Source: Flickr)

Brisbane's heritage trading scheme allows developers to build bigger

A controversial high-rise development in the Brisbane CBD will go ahead, despite it not conforming to the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.

The heritage-listed National Bank building will allow its owners, The Aria Group, to transfer its development potential to its high rise on Edward street, allowing it to have a footprint larger than the normal 45 per cent for this type of development.

Record breaking rain in May for far north QLD and more 8am Zedlines

May has been a record breaking month for rain in far north Queensland (Source: Wikipedia)

Divers experience rare swim with five-metre whale shark off North Stradbroke Island

Divers off North Stradbroke Island have been treated with a rare and spectacular sighting of a five metre long juvenile whale shark.

University of Queensland marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend said it was only the second confirmed sighting of a whale shark off North Stradbroke in about 10 years.

Refugee activists getting creative

From street theatre to office occupations, superannuation industry conferences to the roof of the Immigration Minister's electoral office, refugee activists in Brisbane and Melbourne have been getting creative in trying to put asylum seeker policies on the election agenda.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to people from a variety of refugee actions that have happened in the last week about the value of diversity in refugee protests.

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Dutton faces criticism over refugee comments

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton faces backlash after calling refugees illiterate (source: wikimedia)

DV awareness campaign

A police station in Toowoomba has launched a new domestic violence awareness campaign, addressing the stigma that comes with reporting the crimes.

Acting Sergeant Susan Forte said when someone reports domestic and family violence crimes they will always be listened to, and the station also offers advice for people trapped in a domestic violence situation.

Figures suggest only 36 per cent of crimes relating to family and domestic violence are reported to police.


Suspicious fire at Geelong mosque - and more Zedlines

Geelong's only mosque burned down in a suspicious fire (source: pexels)


No Struggle Street for Brisbane

Brisbane City Council has refused permits for controversial SBS documentary Struggle Street to film its second series in Inala, after the first series was accused of exploiting residents.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the production of the film could damage the reputation of the suburb and its people.

Councillor Jonathan Sri said while the first series was not perfect, to completely deny the film-makers permission to film on public land is a poor way of handling the issue.


UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal - and more Zedlines

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal, Struggle Street denied permit to film in Brisbane, Bombings in Baghdad leave dozens dead and more Zedlines

UN Ruling on Australia’s Asylum seeker policy

The UN has ruled that Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees on secret security grounds is arbitrary and illegal. 

The Australian government has been told by the UN human rights commision that they should offer compensation to five people who were illegally incarcerated between 2009 and 2015.

The five people were recognised as refugees, but were not granted visas as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation deemed them a security risk.

NSW scientists develop groundbreaking microscope and more Zedlines

Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a groundbreaking Scanning Helium Microscope, which could be a game-changer for new discoveries. (Source: Pixabay)

NSW scientists develop groundbreaking microscope
Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a groundbreaking Scanning Helium Microscope, which could be a game-changer for new discoveries.

Rather than light, the microscope uses helium as a source to examine samples in their true state.

University of Newcastle researcher Professor Paul Dastoor says the microscope will allow researchers to examine many surfaces for the first time ever, which could lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the future.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton rules out abortion appeal - and more Zedlines

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out an appeal in the case of a refugee who was denied an abortion in Papua New Guinea by the Federal Court. (Source: flickr)

Gay panic defense to be amended

Queensland legislation allowing perpetrators to use the homosexual advances of victims as a partial defence to murder it set to be amended after a statement by Attorney General Yvette D’arth.

Maryboroughs’  St. Mary’s Catholic Church priest Paul Kelly, who started an online petition signed by over 240 thousand people demanding the repeal of the defence, said he is concerned by the leisurely pace of change.

Deaths in Nigerian detention centres - and more Zedlines

An Amnesty International report shows hundreds have died in Nigerian military detention (source: wikimedia)

Fishing company awarded sustainability certification
An Australian fishing company gained a gold standard international sustainability rating for its swordfish and tuna fishing.

The eco-label certification was awarded by the Marine Stewardship Council, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to promote and reward sustainable fishing practices.

Gay panic defence to be repealed - and more Zedlines

Attorney General Yvette D'ath announced her intention to repeal Queensland's gay panic defence (source: flickr)

Gay panic defence to be repealed

Attorney General Yvette D’ath indicated an intention to remove the gay panic defence from Queensland law.

Currently a perpetrator can use fear of a homosexual advance from a victim as a partial defence to murder.

Ms D’ath said the Criminal Code must not be seen to condone violence against the gay community.


Queensland drought continues

Queensland has seen little improvement in its drought conditions after a fourth failed wet season.