Queensland Politics

 

Bushfires sweep nation with blazes in SA, Victoria & ACT and more zedlines

High temperatures across the nation have sparked a series of bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT. (Image source: Flickr)

High temperatures across the nation have sparked a series of bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT.

Around 2,400 hectares of farmland and at least one rural property have been destroyed in Canberra’s north-east as 70 firefighters and 13 aircraft battled an 18km fire front yesterday afternoon.

In the nation’s south, fire crews were called to over 40 location across Victoria in its hottest day this year, with six cars in a shopping centre carpark being among the damage.

Greg Hunt named new Health Minister and more Zedlines

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Greg Hunt named new Health Minister

Greg Hunt has been announced as Australia’s new Health Minister, replacing Sussan Ley.

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised Mr Hunt’s political, analytical and communication skills.

Mr Hunt will also take on the role of Sports Minister, another position previously held by Ms Ley in addition to his current portfolio in Industry, Innovation and Science.

 

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole and more Zedlines

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings. (image: wikimedia commons)

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board is among several groups that have warned the federal government it’s proposed same-sex marriage bill contains a loophole that could promote discrimination.

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings.

China shuts down construction of 85 coal power plants and more zedlines

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions.

The construction of the plants would have breached China’s coal capacity limit, a government set cap of 55 percent of its total energy output from coal.

The National Energy Administration announced that it would instead invest approximately $5 billion Australian into their renewable energy sector, hoping to produce half their energy from clean sources by 2020.

QLD daylight savings petition gains traction

Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.

 

New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

U.S Army to develop biodegradable bullets that turn into plants, and more Zedlines

Could biodegradable bullets help save the environment? (Image source: flickr)

The U.S Army are currently looking to develop biodegradable bullets that would eventually turn into plants.

Empty shells from fired bullets and ammunition contain components that take a hundred or more years to biodegrade, the new ammo will have biodegradable composites embedded with seeds.

The initiative will allow for future proving grounds as well as training grounds worldwide to become a haven for green trees.

 

Eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Fifth crocodile sighting in 10 days in Fitzroy River, and more Zedlines

Why are crocs moving further south? (Image source: flickr)

There have been reports of five crocodile sightings within the last 10 days around the area of Fitzroy River, in Rockhampton.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said wildlife officers are actively monitoring the area.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

 

BOM issues flood warning for Bremar River

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued minor flood warnings for the Bremer River, especially around Rosewood Township.

10 year Queensland public housing plan to encourage children to earn and learn, and more Zedlines

Queensland Government pledges to focus on supporting children in public housing to continue earning or learning. Source: sourceable

The Palaszczuk Government is looking to break down barriers which stop children in public housing from earning or learning when they finish school.

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick De Brenni said the upcoming 10 year strategy will focus on ending intergenerational dependency on welfare by encouraging young people to study or work ... without penalising their parents.

He said some parts of the public housing system act as a disincentive for young people to get out into the workforce by doubling their parents rent if the children begin full time work.

 

Japanese whalers caught in Australian waters, and more Zedlines

Japanese whaling vessel scrambles to cover up dead minke whale body in Australian Whale Sanctuary. Image source: Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd said it caught a Japanese whaling vessel in Australian waters with a dead minke whale on its deck.

A Sea Shepherd helicopter spotted the vessel in the Australian Whale Sanctuary on Sunday morning with two harpoon ships nearby - they said the Japanese crew quickly covered the protected whales body and the harpoons.

Leaked memo from Centrelink ordered Staff not to process disputes and more Zedlines....

A leaked internal memo from Centrelink management ordered frontline staff working in branches not to process disputes over the Government’s debt collection scheme. (Image Source Flickr)

 

Obtained by the 7.30 Report, the memo says staff must not process any activities in relation to the Online Compliance Intervention, and should instead refer customers to the online portal… despite reports the portals availability has been patchy.

 

The memo appears to contradict Human Services Minister Alan Tudge’s who says those having trouble with the online and telephone services can go into a Centrelink office and see someone within 10 minutes.

Gold Coast MP Defends Misters using Taxpayer Money

 

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