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Sweeping changes to QLD electoral map and more Zedlines

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.

 

More Evocca College campuses set to close

Dreamworld suffers $95.2m write-down and more zedlines

Dreamworld have announced a ninety-five point two million dollar ($95.2 million) writedown, following last year’s tragedy.

They recorded a statutory loss of forty-nine point four million dollars ($49.4 million), which was impacted by a property, plant, and equipment writedown and goodwill impairment.

CEO, Deborah Thomas, says the priority following the October tragedy was to reopen the parks in a way that was respectful to the victims and their families.

 

Palaszczuk reaffirms election is a year away Queensland Premier

Annastacia Palaszczuk has reaffirmed the next state election will be held on May 5, 2018.

Dreamworld suffers $95.2m write-down and more zedlines

Dreamworld have announced a ninety-five point two million dollar ($95.2 million) writedown, following last year’s tragedy.

They recorded a statutory loss of forty-nine point four million dollars ($49.4 million), which was impacted by a property, plant, and equipment writedown and goodwill impairment.

CEO, Deborah Thomas, says the priority following the October tragedy was to reopen the parks in a way that was respectful to the victims and their families.

Former PM wants  Australian Independence

Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating has proposed a more independent stance for Australia in the future.

Dreamworld suffers $95.2m write-down and more zedlines

Dreamworld have announced a ninety-five point two million dollar ($95.2 million) writedown, following last year’s tragedy.

They recorded a statutory loss of forty-nine point four million dollars ($49.4 million), which was impacted by a property, plant, and equipment writedown and goodwill impairment.

CEO, Deborah Thomas, says the priority following the October tragedy was to reopen the parks in a way that was respectful to the victims and their families.

Former PM wants  Australian Independence

Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating has proposed a more independent stance for Australia in the future.

Cars and chlamydia top koala killers and more zedlines

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

UQ’s School of Veterinary science worked with Moggill Koala Hospital to analyse over fifteen years of its data.

The research found that motor vehicle collisions accounted for over a quarter of koala deaths, closely followed by chlamydia symptoms accounting for nearly a fifth.

Refugee advocates hold vigil for Hamid Khazaei as inquest draws to close

Refugee Action Collective vigil (RAC Facebook)

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.

Great Barrier Reef Roundtable to Meet Following Tragic Events and More Zedlines

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.

Drugs Disguised as Virus to Fight Cancer
Drugs disguised as viruses could potentially be the latest weapon in fighting cancer.

Labor rules out One Nation Minority Deal and more Zedlines

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Labour Party will not form a minority government with One Nation following the next state election. (SOURCE: Wiki Commons)

Both Ms Palaszczuk and the LNP have now ruled out a coalition government with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

The Premier is standing firm in her decision.

The next state election is set for May 2018, but many expect it to be held in the second half of this year.

 

Final Farewell to Brisbane Female Rock Icon
Hundreds gather to say a final goodbye to Ruby Tuesday singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd.

Queensland Government to improve child safety measures and more Zedlines

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.

South Australian woman to open refuge for aboriginal children in foster care

Fires continue in Christchurch and more zedlines

A state of emergency continues in Christchurch, New Zealand, as more than 200 firefighters battle a raging bushfire heading into its fourth day. Image source: Wikimedia

At least 1,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, while more than 11 houses having been destroyed by the blaze, which covers more than 1,800 hectares.

Emergency workers said a change in wind direction is predicted for later in the week, hopefully lowering temperatures and humidity to slow the fire’s progress.

 

Full-time employment plunges

Full-time employment has plummeted to its weakest point in 16 months, despite a small decrease in the rate of unemployment.

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