Queensland Politics

 

Labor refuses a minority government and more Zedlines

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would prefer to lose the state election than form a minority government.

In the event of a hung parliament, the Premier promised to make no deals with crossbench MPs from the Greens, One Nation, or Katter’s Australian Party.

Ms Palaszczuk said voters will choose to elect either a majority Labor government or a “chaotic” minority LNP government.

UQ Dipstick Technology allows instant DNA extraction
Researchers from the University of Queensland have developed technology allowing DNA to be quickly extracted from organisms.

Treatment of Rohingya likened to Apartheid... and more Zedlines

Amnesty International has come out in condemnation of the Myanmar government. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Amnesty International has condemned the Myanmar government for its policies which are restricting travel, hospital access and school attendance for Rohingya Muslims.

The human rights group has likened it to apartheid experienced by Native South Africans, as exploitation and discrimination is rife among Myanmar’s Border Guard Police.

Internationally, there have been calls for an arms embargo, targeted sanctions and an increased effort to ensure international aid money does not fund discriminatory projects.

Queensland top 10 in deforestation... and more Zedlines

A new report shows Queensland is one of the largest deforesters in the world. (Image: WIkimedia commons)

The Queensland Department of Science shows 395,000 hectares of land has been cleared in the state over the past two years.

Ahead of the election, Labor has promised to re-enact environmental protections, while the LNP plans to let deforestation continue at current rates.

Labor are underdogs, according to Premier

Queensland premier Anastasia Palaszczuk is claiming an ‘underdog status’ for the Queensland election, despite polls suggesting Labor is leading.

Election drive-through voting begins and more Zedlines

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is trialling drive-through polling booths in Brisbane's bayside and on the Sunshine Coast.

ECQ elections director Wade Lewis says the idea takes into account Queensland’s ageing population and is designed to make voting more accessible for those with mobility issues, especially the elderly and their carers.

Voters in the electorates of Noosa and Oodgeroo who visited the drive-through booths yesterday were pleasantly surprised by the initiative.

 

WWI tank kept in plastic bubble in Brisbane

The only surviving World War One German tank is currently housed in Ipswich for forensic analysis.

Activists shut down calf slaughterhouse and more Zedlines

More than 20 activists entered and shut down Highchester slaughterhouse in Gleneagle, near Beaudesert, this morning.

This took place after activist groups Animal Liberation Queensland and Aussie Farms released undercover footage showing what happens behind the scenes in the dairy industry.

Local forces are negotiating with the activists and no further statement has been released.

 

Upcoming State election welcomes young blood

In exciting news for the youth of Queensland, the upcoming State election will feature at least five candidates aged in their early 20s. 

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Brisbane GPs will be taught how to spot signs of domestic abuse and more Zedlines

Brisbane healthcare professionals will soon be better equipped to deal with cases of domestic violence abuse, as a part of a federally funded training program.

The program called Recognise, Respond, Refer, was launched on Monday, and it provides GPs with skills to identify signs of abuse in patients and to refer them to support services.

Federal Member for Forde, Bert Van Manen said that enhancing the knowledge of health professionals in relation to domestic violence could potentially save lives.

 

Queensland voters split on decriminalising abortion

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Concerns over toxic landfill in East Timor and more Zedlines

There are fears for the health of young scavengers seeking a living in East Timor's unregulated Tibar Landfill near the capital Dili. (Image source: UN Photo/Martine Perret)

Children exposed to toxic conditions in East Timor 

There are fears for the health of young scavengers seeking a living in East Timor's Tibar Landfill near the capital Dili.

The unregulated dumping ground has been named an environmental and public catastrophe, and is home to lethal substances such as asbestos and untreated hospital waste. 

According to the World Health Organisation, "about 100 tonnes of hazadous wastes are produced every year in Dili from healthcare activities alone". 

 

130 Children Die Daily from Saudi-backed Blockade

Seven million people are on the brink of famine and nearly 900,000 have been infected with cholera since the Saudi-backed coalition closed all air, land and sea ports.

Reports from an  international aid group say approximately 130 children die each day in Yemen, due to the ongoing Saudi-led coalition.

According to the Save-the-Children report, more than 50,000 children have died from extreme hunger and disease as a result of the coalition closing all ports to stop the flow of arms from Iran last November.

The UN is also calling for the blockade to be lifted, and said it could lead to the largest famine the world has seen in decades.

 

Australians feel Turnbull is not doing enough for kids in prison

The majority of Australians feel the Turnbull Government isn’t doing enough to protect children from abuse in the prison system, an Amnesty International poll has found. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

The poll was commissioned ahead of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT, showing only one out of three felt the Federal Government is doing enough.

77 per cent of respondents said independent inspectors should have full access to monitor and report abuse in children’s prisons.

The Turnbull Government claimed youth crime and justice is a state issue, not federal.

 

Queensland dairy farmers potential pay rise

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

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