State Politics

Democrats stage gun law protest in Washington, and other Zedlines

A group of members of the Democratic Party is protesting for tougher gun control laws after the Orlando mass shooting. (Image Source: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)

Queensland government purchases cattle station

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials have commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed. 

 

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

Super corals may limit reef bleaching - and more Zedlines

With two-thirds of the 500,000 square kilometres of reefs remaining lost or in poor shape, Australian scientists aim to counteract some of the effects of coral bleaching. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Liberal party defends Parakeelia

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition said tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a Liberal Party owned company which has transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three years.

Liberal politicians have defended the company as lawful and professionally run, saying they will assist with any relevant inquiries.

 

Queensland Government to financially support kindergardens

Millions of dollars in donations for Orlando victims raised and continuing and more Zedlines

Millions of dollars in donations for Orlando victims raised and continuing

Efforts by the Orlando community to raise funds after Sunday’s mass shooting continue, with several million dollars already donated to various organisations.

Terry DeCarlo, an executive director of the LGBT Center of Central Florida, has expressed joy at the outpouring of support for the LGBT community and the victims' families.

Orlando LGBT community raise money for families of mass shooting victims - and more Zedlines

LGBT organisation created a donation website that has seen $4 million dollars raised and is continuing to rise.

Parakeelia controversial ties to Liberal Party

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition says tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a company with controversial ties to the Liberal Party, having transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three three years.

Council opposition leader Peter Cumming says the company is effectively channelling ratepayers' money through to the Liberal Party.

Brisbane budget increase 

224 killed in Syrian Civil War and more Zedlines

Budget plans to overhaul OP system, Bill Shorten indicates Indigenous treaty possibility, 224 killed in Syrian Civil War and more 10am Zedlines. (image source: Wikipedia)

Wetlands restoration key to improving reef’s water quality

Dr Nathan Waltham, a freshwater ecology expert from James Cook University says restoring Queensland’s tens of thousands of coastal wetlands is crucial to the Great Barrier Reef’s future.

Dr Waltham is urging state and federal governments to improve the conditions of the 13 000 coastal wetlands in the reef’s catchments to ameliorate water quality.

Microsoft to Own LinkedIn and more Zedlines

Microsoft to Own LinkedIn, pre-polling centres open today, state Treasurer to spend billions in surplus super, and more Zedlines.

State Treasurer to spend billions in surplus super.

Today’s Queensland budget will reveal the Palaszczuk Government’s plans with money taken from public servants’ superannuation funds.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says this budget would focus on infrastructure for the regions, sourcing funding from the public servant’s superannuation fund.

Mr Pitt says there was more than enough in the fund to cover entitlements, saying he must ensure the money goes as far as possible.

Brisbane School to review ‘BYO iPad’ after parent complaints

Malcolm Turnbull promises $1bn to protect reef

Malcolm Turnbull promises $1bn to protect reef, rain records broken in QLD, Brexit would bring Australia and Britain together, and more zedlines.

QLD Govt announces incentives for interstate and overseas businesses

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk will today announce a $40 million initiative for interstate and international businesses in the Queensland Budget.

The initiative which will cost $40 million over four years is designed to attract businesses to Queensland from overseas and interstate and to create jobs.

Premier Palaszczuk hopes the incentive which will include tax breaks and grants might make the difference to relocate here.

Rain records broken in QLD

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane yesterday - and more Zedlines

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane, Safer Families program announced in ACT, West Papua mural criticized by Indonesian Government, and more Zedlines.

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane
A landmark legal case was heard in Brisbane’s court of appeal yesterday, arguing against a proposed central QLD coal mine on the grounds it will increase global warming. 

Operators of the The Alpha Coal Project, GVK Hancock, argued that there would be no decrease in global emissions if their mine didn't go ahead, as another mine elsewhere in the world would take it’s place. 

NATO launches biggest military exercise since the Cold War

NATO launches biggest military exercise since the Cold War, Brisbane City Council rejects bid to ban street preachers and more Zedlines

CSIRO to develop climate app to assist livestock producers

Meat and Livestock Australia is funding a CSIRO research project to develop an app to convert climate information into pasture growth.

 

This app will be designed to assist farmers in making decisions about livestock management.

 

CSIRO climate scientist Jaclyn Brown says developing an app to help livestock producers plan for decisions in all circumstances is a worthwhile investment.

 

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