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Canada first nations chief rejects royals’ ‘empty gesture’ and more Zedlines

Some of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous leaders are rejecting an invitation to attend a royal reconciliation ceremony, in protest of the Trudeau government's approach to First Nations issues. The Black Rod ceremony is scheduled for Monday evening and will be attended by England’s Prince William and Princess Catherine. Image source: commondreams.org

Canada first nations chief rejects royals’ ‘empty gesture’

Some of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous leaders are rejecting an invitation to attend a royal reconciliation ceremony, in protest of the Trudeau government's approach to First Nations issues.

The Black Rod ceremony is scheduled for Monday evening and will be attended by England’s Prince William and Princess Catherine.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, says the organisation felt it would be inappropriate to participate.

Australia to take in refugees from Central America and more Zedlines

Australia’s pledged refugee intake has climbed to almost 19,000 per year and is now set to include people from several Central American countries. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, promises $130 million will go to providing aid to displaced people across the world, as well as more resources for migration agencies. (Image Source: commons.wikimedia)

Australia to take in refugees from Central America

Australia’s pledged refugee intake has climbed to almost 19,000 per year and is now set to include people from several Central American countries.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, promises $130 million will go to providing aid to displaced people across the world, as well as more resources for migration agencies.

Mr Turnbull used his time at the New York summit to stress the importance of border control in maintaining a healthy migration program.

Queensland state split proposal silenced and other Zedlines

A proposal to split Queensland into north and south has been denied, with MP Rob Katter stating the split would have allowed the north better access to revenue created by mining and tourism. Image credit: Wikipedia.

State split proposal thrown out of Parliament

A bill to split the state into north and south introduced to Queensland Parliament by the Katter MPs has been emphatically slapped down.

Mount Isa MP Rob Katter says splitting the state along a new border near Rockhampton would boost economic opportunities for the north, but Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the economics don’t stack up.

The bill was crushed 82-3, with only Independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne supporting the Katter Party’s proposal.

Save Deanbilla Bay Group Fighting to Keep Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron From Expanding On North Stradbroke

(Image: wikimedia.org)

Back in April the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron had a lease on North Stradbroke Island transferred to them for $1 from Stradbroke mining company Sibelco. The RQYS says they have state government approval to re-zone the area from residential to freehold or long term sporting use. The club also says that Queensland Marine Safety welcomed an offer earlier this year for them to manage two thirds of an additional 66 category one moorings and that the aim of securing this property is for future genrations of sailors.

Experiments on Greyhounds Criticised and More Zedlines

University Uses Cruel and Unusual Methods on Greyhound Experiments.

Experiments on Greyhounds Criticised.

A series of experiments, conducted by Monash University involving greyhounds, has been criticised by animal rights activists.

As part of the experiment, 12 greyhounds were suffocated and had their hearts surgically removed and reinserted - before they were revived, monitored and euthanized hours later.

The experiment aimed to test how well hearts can be preserved before organ transplants when the donor has already died.

 

Elders To Quit Live Export Trade

Brisbane City Council erupts in row over multiculturalism and more Zedlines

An affirmation of multiculturalism turned unexpectedly political in Brisbane City Council chamber the other day, when opposition leader Peter Cumming accused Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of not being fully committed. Image: Wikimedia

Brisbane Council erupts in row over multiculturalism

An affirmation of multiculturalism turned unexpectedly political in Brisbane City Council chamber the other day, when opposition leader Peter Cumming accused Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of not being fully committed.

No action on recommendations to prevent flooding at Fortitude Valley station and more Zedlines

There will be no construction work to prevent flash flooding over the Fortitude Valley train tracks which has caused delays to hundreds of trains in November 2014 and May 2015 at Fortitude Valley, Central and Bowen Hill stations. Image: Wikimedia

No action on recommendations to prevent flooding at Fortitude Valley station 
There will be no construction work to prevent flash flooding over the Fortitude Valley train tracks which has caused delays to hundreds of trains in November 2014 and May 2015 at Fortitude Valley, Central and Bowen Hill stations.

In January a consultant's report which blamed small drainage pipes for the flooding recommended replacing the pipes at the Valley station at an estimated cost between $17.1 million and $19.2 million.

Video emerges of violent arrest and more Zedlines

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’ The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man. (Image: Youtube)

Video emerges of violent arrest

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’

The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man.

Queensland Police say they are investigating the incident but are unable to give details surrounding charges.

No work underway to stop Fortitude Valley Train Station from flooding and more Zedlines

No work is underway to prevent flash flooding over the Valley’s station tracks despite recommendations from a council consultant. In the event of rain flooding in the station history is likely to repeat itself, reliving the delays in 2014 and 2015 that left hundreds of trains delayed for thousands of hours. (Image: Commons Wikimedia)

No work underway to stop Fortitude Valley Train Station from Flooding

No work is underway to prevent flash flooding over the Valley’s station tracks despite recommendations from a council consultant.

In the event of rain flooding in the station history is likely to repeat itself, reliving the delays in 2014 and 2015 that left hundreds of trains delayed for thousands of hours.

It is estimated that the cost of replacing the pipes and preventing flash flooding could cost between 17.1 and 19.2 million dollars.

9000-year-old stone houses found on Australian island and more Zedlines

The discovery of the houses dating back to the end of the last ice age helps build the case for the area to gain a world heritage listing.

Shooters Union wants reduced restrictions on police gun use

The Queensland Shooters Union is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to change firearm restrictions for off duty police officers.

The Union said police officers are at a higher risk of being attacked, and they should be permitted to carry firearms off duty to protect themselves, and the community.

Under the proposal, off duty police officers would have to secure their firearms and ammunition in a safe at their home - the same process for other licensed gun owners.

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