State Politics

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy, Musicians Recieve Council Grant, Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 5500 Refugees in 48 Hours and more Zedlines. (IMAGE: Wikimedia)

NSW Ranked worst state for renewable energy

NSW has been ranked as the worst state in Australia in terms of supplying renewable sources of electricity in a report by Australia's independent Climate Council.

In the report released this morning, the Climate Council says NSW’s proportion of renewable electricity fell from 7 to 6 percent in 2014, and the state has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities for implementing sustainable energy programs

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.

Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts. 

The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.    

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate and more 9am Zedlines

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring.

Mr Palmer won the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, and earlier this month confirmed he would not seek re-election in the House of Representatives, amidst controversy over his Queensland Nickel refinery.

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.

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers - and more Zedlines

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers, chemicals found sea snails useful in fighting cancer,US Gets First Openly Gay Army Secretary and more Zedlines

 

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers 

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for Queenslanders to boycott Wicked Campers until the company removes offensive and derogatory slogans from their vehicles. 

The boycott comes after the RACQ pushed the state government to address the company’s flouting of advertising standards. 

Palaszczuk says that advertising breaches are a national matter, but that the Attorney General will look into stopping the offensive slogans. 

Land clearing in Queensland

Over the past 25 years, the bulk of land clearing in Australia has occured in a single state: Queensland. Rates of clearing had dropped from over 700,000 in 1990 to a tenth of that figure in 2010, but environmental experts are now concerned about a recent spike -- an increase they say is a result of legislative changes made by the Newman Government in 2013. 

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.

Constitutional change proposed by Indigenous Senator, and more Zedlines.

Queensland to consider abortion bill, Constitutional change proposed by Indigenous Labor Senator, Panama Papers database goes online, and more Zedlines. (Image: Flickr).

Queensland students ready for NAPLAN

More than 230 000 Queensland school students will begin the nationwide NAPLAN testing this morning.

Today’s tests will examine language conventions and writing, with reading on Wednesday and numeracy on Thursday.

Around 10 per cent of QLD schools will make the move to digital testing next year, a transition that will take three years for the state to complete.

Rising sea levels are wiping out the Solomon Islands and more Zedlines

At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands are completely lost due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. (Source: Wikicommons)

Rising sea levels are wiping out the Solomon Islands
At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands are completely lost due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

The islands lost range in size from one to five hectares and supported dense tropical vegetation that was at least 300 years old.

As well as the lost Islands, some six more have been severely eroded with one particular island losing half of its inhabitable area, with 11 houses washed into the sea since 2011.

$2 billion precinct proposal for under-utilised part of Brisbane CBD and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government has proposed a $2 billion precinct in one of the most un-utilised areas of the Brisbane CBD. (source: Wikicommons)

$2 billion precinct proposal for under-utilised part of Brisbane CBD
The Queensland Government has proposed a $2 billion precinct in one of the most un-utilised areas of the Brisbane CBD.

The proposal is a new 17,000 seat arena, cinema, restaurant and public space for a 'Brisbane Live' precinct above the Roma Street rail yards.

Chairman Harvey Lister said the project could help refresh part of the city that has sat, historically, neglected.

The proposal will be delivered to the government on Wednesday.

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