First International Day of Drug Testing, and more Zedlines...

The first International Day of Drug Checking will take place today, the 31st of March, seeking to ensure people are educated on drugs and aware of the risks involved. Image source: Pexels

Drug Checking Day will also promote the availability of drug testing services in order to reduce harm and minimize the risks associated with recreational drug use.

The day’s events, which will take place across a number of social media platforms, will feature a Reddit AMA and various video contributions by a variety of substance testing organisations.


Brisbanites gather in protest against Adani Mining speech

Campaign against Adani shifts gear

A new campaign will visit Brisbane tonight in the latest iteration of the fight over Adani’s Carmichael coal project.

Brisbane is the first in a series of four stops for the #StopAdani Roadshow as it travels the east coast, after the Townsville leg of the tour was cancelled due to concerns around incoming Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne will also host events.

Residents warned ahead of cyclone Debbie and more zedlines

Evacuation of high flood risk regions has been ordered in north Queensland as Cyclone Debbie intensifies. Image Source: Wikipedia/Suomi NPP Satellite

Hundreds have been evacuated from Burdekin and the Whitsundays and Regional Council Mayor Andrew Wilcox said those unable to leave should seek shelter with friends and family in ‘high, dry places.’

A shelter is operating in Bowen, but only has a capacity of 800. The Category II cyclone is expected to be upgraded to a Category IV system before making landfall tomorrow.


Boom gate collision rates concerns Queensland rail

High level crossing collision rates for Queensland rail.

How hard is it to strike in Australia?

Newly appointed Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus told the ABC’s 7:30 program last week that she did not have a problem with workers breaking the law when those laws are unjust.

Criticism of the comments was swift from the business sector, conservative politicians, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten later distancing himself and the Labor party from McManus’ words.

High-thrust rocket test by North Korea and more zedlines.

New high-thrust rocket engine test undertaken by North Korea. Image Source: Wikimedia/Sungwon Baik

The Korean Central News Agency reported the test was to confirm the prototypes reliability and structural safety, and the new engine will be used in country’s peaceful space programme.

The test coincides with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is touring Asia primarily discussing concerns over how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear initiative.

US officials remain skeptical that the space programme is solely for peaceful use.


Support for Toowoomba high school for World Science Festival

Centrelink staff to strike, and more zedlines...

Staff from Medicare, Centrelink and child support services around Australia will be walking off the job today, after a lengthy pay dispute appears to be going nowhere.

The human services staff have been in negotiations for over three years without a pay rise, yet the department is refusing to budge.

Community and Public Sector Union, National Secretary, Nadine Flood, says all the workers want to do is to hold on to the rights and conditions that have been in place for years, and allow them to balance their working and family lives.

The strike is set to take place between 1:30pm and 8:30pm AEDT today.


“Stop Wasting Sperm!” - Texas and more Zedlines...

A texas lawmaker has filed a satirical bill to outlaw male masturbation that mirrors concepts and language used by anti-abortion campaigners.(Source: Wikimedia)

The bill proposes a $100 fine for every unauthorised ‘masturbatory emission', medically-unnecessary rectal exams, and waiting periods before authorising vasectomies or prescribing Viagra.

Jessica Farrar, who filed the bill, says while the bill is satirical, “there is nothing funny about current healthcare restrictions for women and the very real legislation that is proposed every legislative session”.


Finally, Wicked Campers are banned

New Zealand river gets personhood and more Zedlines...

Whanganui River in New Zealand, is the first landmark in the world to be recognised as a living entity, after a 172 year legal battle (Source: Wikimedia Commons).

New Zealand’s parliament gave the river, that flows for 145km kilometres, legal personhood on Wednesday.

The river is a sacred waterway for New Zealand’s Maori community and will now be represented by the Indigenous group.


Brisbane Tunnel Workers at Risk of Lung Disease

Workers involved in the construction of tunnels in Brisbane could be at risk of lung disease from silica exposure.

Thai officials confiscate rhino horns worth $5 million and more Zedlines

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons) Customs officers in Thailand have confiscated 21 rhinoceros horns worth approximately five million dollars, with officials calling it the country’s largest seizure in years.

The rhino horns were found in luggage sent from Ethiopia, and arrest warrants have since been issued for two Thai women travelling from Vietnam and Cambodia to collect them.

A UN convention bans the global trade of rhino horn, which is prized as a traditional medicinal treatment for a wide variety of ailments including cancer.

Brisbane City Council senior officers leave post after IT blowout

Two senior officers have left the Brisbane City Council over the $60 million IT Systems cost blowout.

Free to charge or free of charge: update for renewables and more Zedlines

Elon Musk and Malcolm Turnbull have discussed renewable energy after a 100 day battery farm proposal by the former. Image source: Public Domain Pictures

The billionaire entrepreneur offered to solve South Australia’s electricity problem by building a Tesla battery farm in the state within 100 days, or it would be free of charge.

A spokesman from the PM’s office said the two had an “in-depth” discussion on storage and the future of electricity. This came after Mr. Musk spoke with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill about fixing the state’s electricity problems.


Robot to aid QLD emergency team

Queensland Police have unveiled a new robot to aid service personnel.