Activism

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban and more Zedlines

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend. (Source: Wikicommons)

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban
Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend.

Ms Neville will meet with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to discuss the State Government’s response to the violence.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the use of face masks as well as changes to police powers that prevents officers from stopping violent protests.

Turtlecare Sunshine Coast, QLD - taking care of all our turtles

May 23 is International Turtle Day. While turtles are wondrous and joyful creatures, they are also vulnerable and endangered in many places across the world. Volunteers up and down Australian coasts work to protect our turtles, each and every year, from land-based and ocean-based predators and dangers. But there are some simple things all of us can do. First of all, stop using plastic bags. Turtles accidently eat them, and I think we can all agree eating plastic bags isn’t good for anyone: animal or person.

Dairy farmers rally against industry crisis and more Zedlines

Farmer Power Vice President Alex Robertson said farmers didn't need more loans, instead calling on the government to set up a milk levy.  (Image Source: Youtube)

Fears students will miss out as teachers evacuated from Aurukun school

Teachers and staff were evacuated from a Cape York primary school in Aurukun on Wednesday after concerns for their safety from a small group of students.

The local Wik women's group said the closure will not solve the school’s problems, and will leave its 300 students to become disengaged.

Past teacher Paula Shaw said the current problems facing the community are the same as those of a decade ago.

 

Dairy farmers rally against industry crisis 

Today Marks National Sorry Day and more Zedlines

Thursday, May 26 marks National Sorry Day - an event commemorating and expressing regret for the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population.[SOURCE:www.youtube.com]

Queensland Parliament Passes New Mining Laws

The Queensland State Parliament has passed laws restoring community rights to object to new mines.

Under the new laws, mining companies will be required to inform landowners and neighbours about proposed mining projects.

The laws also repeal proposed changes allowing mining leases to be granted on restricted land without consent of the owner.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the public has a right to be aware, and to have input into what happens in their community.

 

Majority of Australians in Favour of Voluntary Euthanasia and more Zedlines

A recent VoteCompass poll revealed 75% of Australians are in favour of allowing the terminally ill to have access to voluntary euthanasia. (Image Source: Flickr)

Dairy Farmers Take To Brisbane Streets In Protest

Hundreds of dairy farmers protested in Brisbane on Wednesday as part of a nationwide rally about the industry crisis.

Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper said the war on milk pricing needed to end, with fairer pricing that better reflects the costs of production.

Mr Hopper said while a consumer levy has been suggested, an agreement from milk processors to increase farmers' pay would be the best solution.

 

Great Barrier Reef Report Shows Faster Improvement Needed

Gay rights panic still applicable in Queensland, and more Zedlines.

Gay rights campaigners are using today, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) to increase awareness on their campaign against the “gay panic” defence law still applicable in Queensland and in South Australia (image source: wikimedia)

New study raises concerns for coal shipping in Great Barrier Reef

A new study led by James Cook University out of Townsville, shows coal dust to have deadly effects on corals, seagrass and fish, and raises concerns over the risk of coal shipping to the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists agree the probability of a major spill on a coral reef is low but hopes the research will allow decision makers to understand the threat coal shipping poses to marine life.

South African gold miners to sue mining companies and more Zedlines

A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work. (Source: Pixabay)

South African gold miners to sue mining companies
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work.

The decision opens the way for the current and former miners to sue about 30 companies for damages, after suffering silicosis and tuberculosis from dangerous underground working conditions dating back decades.

Queensland's mangrove ecosystem dying in secret and more Zedlines

Extensive mangrove tree death in remote North Queensland is causing huge concern among environmental scientists. (Source: Wikicommons)

Queensland's mangrove ecosystem dying in secret
Extensive mangrove tree death in remote North Queensland is causing huge concern among environmental scientists.

James Cook University Professor Norm Duke said they knew large scale diebacks of mangrove trees in the Gulf of Carpentaria had been happening for months but scientist had only just noticed as they were in the most remote areas of Queensland.

Federal Government Attacks Community Radio

The 2016 federal budget saw over 100 million dollars torn out of the arts, culture and broadcasting sectors. The cuts to community radio come at the same time as the Government is reducing the licence fees the commercial broadcasters have to pay. 4zzz reporter Craig Garret speaks with Community Broadcasting Association of Australia CEO Jon Bisset about the cuts and the future outlook for community digital radio.

 

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.

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