Queensland Politics

 

First global plan for reefs aims to save only ten per cent

The first global plan aimed at saving coral reefs around the world has been revealed, along with the alarming announcement that only 10 per cent of the reefs will survive the next 35 years. (Image Source: Eco Cafe).

This is the first world wide initiative aimed at protecting coral reefs from extinction with funding provided completely by philanthropists, not governments.

 

Scientists have estimated 90 per cent of the world’s reefs will disappear before 2050 due to coral bleaching induced by global warming and pollution.

 

The ‘50 reefs initiative’ has been headed by the University of Queensland’s professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg who said the radical plan is the coral reefs best chance of survival.

 

 

Director of Queensland Nickel Claims to be Too Stressed for Court and other Zedlines...

The former director of Queensland Nickel was ‘too stressed and anxious’ to appear in court, despite being on holiday since June 2016. (Image Source Pixabay)

Clive Mensink was the company’s sole director when it collapsed last year, leaving 800 workers jobless and a debt of around $300 million. 

 

The federal court had an arrest warrant for Mr Mensink, however he had ignored several summons and had instead been holidaying in Europe and the US.

 

His barrister Alex Nelson told the court Mr Mensink has been diagnosed with clinical depression and would of found it too stressful to return to Australia.  

 

People of Marlborough No Longer Under Threat of Military Expansions 

 

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

Call for space dedicated to graffiti and more Zedlines...

Brisbane graffiti artist, Travis Vinson, says the city needs more central spaces for artists to express themselves.

 
The experienced artist and owner of business, graffitimurals.com, said Brisbane City Council’s lack of acceptance for street art has seen many home-grown artists travel abroad to work.

He says the only way forward is for the council to provide legal walls for graffiti, that artists can paint over continuously to express themselves.

 

Cruise ship terminal to be completed by late 2019

Work has been scheduled to begin in early 2018 on Brisbane’s new $100 million cruise ship terminal to be completed in late 2019.

Coca-Cola Amatil to shift Australian focus and more Zedlines...

Following the news Coca-Cola Amatil will close its South Australian bottling plant the soft drink giant announced a ninety-million dollar investment in Brisbane.

 
Managing Director Alison Watkins says the investment will go toward expanding dairy and juice product output as well as a new glass production line.

The plant in Thebarton, South Australia, will be closed by 2019 and result in the loss of two-hundred jobs.

Coca-Cola Amatil says ‘a lot’ of short-term jobs will be created by the investment in Queensland but have not commented on permanent positions.

Cancer Council Says Schools Are Too Hot To Learn

Renewables gaining momentum and more Zedlines

Solar power may be more affordable than fossil fuels according to a report released by the Climate Council.

 The report shows costs for solar power have fallen by almost 60% over the past five years, with Climate Councillor and former president of BP Australasia Greg Bourne adding they are expected to fall even further by 2040.

This comes as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced a commitment to renewable energy, in stark contrast to the Coalition’s focus on coal.

 

Mandatory ID scanners introduced to Brisbane

Brisbane’s bars and clubs will be required to scan ID’s in a new effort to combat dangerous and aggressive behaviour.

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.

Medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Australia and more zedlines

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed. (Image Source: Public Domain Images)

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will today make the announcement which will permit those suffering chronic pain to access the drug following a doctor’s referral.

Victoria has already harvested its first crop for epilepsy sufferers and Mr Hunt believes today’s announcement will permit an interim supply of the drug through importation.

Bulimba Barracks to be sold to developers

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.

Protests at Westpac to stop the Adani mine

Yesterday protests took place around the country at Westpac banks to protest their involvement in the Adani mine due to environmental concerns. While some of the other banks have distanced themselves from the mine Westpac is still currently involved in investments with the mine. Brisbane Line Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Moira Williams a community campaigner from 350.org about the environmental campaign that is happening against this mine. 

 

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