Activism

China on track for Mars mission and more Zedlines

China’s 2020 goal of landing a rover on Mars will attempt to recreate the success of the US Viking 1 mission which landed a rover on the planet over 40 years ago. (Source: Pixabay)

Thousands turn out for Brisbane marriage equality rally

Thousands of Queenslanders turned out to protest for marriage equality, shutting down streets in Brisbane’s CBD.
More than 2000 people gathered in the CBD yesterday to call for a change to Australia's marriage laws- the latest in a long line held to support the LGBTIQ community.

LGBTIQ activists believe a plebiscite will allow a hate campaign to mount against the LGBTIQ community by a well-funded and vocal minority.

QLD inching towards protected area targets and more Zedlines

Environment Minister Steven Miles says the recent acquisitions mean over 8 per cent of Queensland is now considered protected land. (Source: Flickr)

QLD inching towards protected area targets

Queensland’s goal of having 17 per cent of the state declared a protected area by 2035 is slowly being achieved, with the Governor recently signing off on more than 400 hectares of land becoming national and state parks.

Environment Minister Steven Miles says the recent acquisitions mean over 8 per cent of Queensland is now considered protected land with ecological and cultural significance.

Looming lockout laws draw protest crowd and more Zedlines

Around 300 people have gathered in Brisbane’s CBD to protest against the first stage of new lockout laws starting Friday.(Source: Pixabay)

Looming lockout laws draw protest crowd

Around 300 people have gathered in Brisbane’s CBD to protest against the first stage of new lockout laws starting Friday.

On Sunday, objectors to the laws, including the LNP, the Greens, and the Liberal Democrats, joined industry stakeholders and residents to voice their displeasure and highlight the casino’s exemption from the legislation.

New changes to youth justice laws and more Zedlines

Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government. (Image Source: Flickr)

New changes to youth justice laws
Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government.

The laws were modified to prevent young offenders from being named and shamed in courts, make prison a last resort in sentencing, and keep 17-year-olds out of adult prisons until they turn 18.

Advocacy group Youth Affairs Network argues the changes are welcome but do not address the root of the problem.

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases and more Zedlines

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases. (Source: Wikipedia)

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases.

The protest follows the recent arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman, with plans to close Futenma being made in 1996 after three US military personnel raped a 12 year old Japanese schoolgirl.

The plan has been on hold as residents near the proposed relocation site opposed the move, worrying about noise, pollution and crime.

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure and more Zedlines

Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia. (Source: Flickr)

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure
Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia.

Their research shows different states have varying exposure limits and monitoring methods.

The experts are calling for a national monitoring standard in line with international standards.

In Queensland there are eight confirmed cases of black lung disease with two more cases pending verification.

Orlando LGBT community raise money for families of mass shooting victims - and more Zedlines

LGBT organisation created a donation website that has seen $4 million dollars raised and is continuing to rise.

Parakeelia controversial ties to Liberal Party

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition says tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a company with controversial ties to the Liberal Party, having transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three three years.

Council opposition leader Peter Cumming says the company is effectively channelling ratepayers' money through to the Liberal Party.

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​Brisbane Vigil for Orlando - and more Zedlines

​Brisbane Vigil for Orlando, Yarralin handed back to Traditional owners, displaced Zimbabwean villagers seek action from government and more Zedlines

Brisbane Vigil for Orlando

Last night in the CBD hundreds of people gathered in vigil to pay respects to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando.

This tragedy is being regarded as the worst shooting in US history with 49 deaths and 53 injured.

Organisers of the vigil say they were overwhelmed with the positive outcry of emotion at the vigil, and believe it’s important for the LBGT community to feel they have a safe place in society.

More vigils will be held in Cairns tonight and Townsville on Sunday respectively.

224 killed in Syrian Civil War and more Zedlines

Budget plans to overhaul OP system, Bill Shorten indicates Indigenous treaty possibility, 224 killed in Syrian Civil War and more 10am Zedlines. (image source: Wikipedia)

Wetlands restoration key to improving reef’s water quality

Dr Nathan Waltham, a freshwater ecology expert from James Cook University says restoring Queensland’s tens of thousands of coastal wetlands is crucial to the Great Barrier Reef’s future.

Dr Waltham is urging state and federal governments to improve the conditions of the 13 000 coastal wetlands in the reef’s catchments to ameliorate water quality.

Victorian committee recommends euthanasia reform - and more Zedlines

A parliamentary committee in Victoria has recommended reforms that would allow doctors to assist the deaths of patients with a terminal illness. (Image Source: flickr)

Research turns waste into electricity 

A Queensland researcher has discovered a new, more efficient way to turn human waste into renewable electricity.

Advanced Water Management Centre researcher Dr Shihu Hu developed a way to recover more methane gas than with traditional waste treatment.

Dr Hu said his method could save hundreds of thousands of dollars at energy facilities.

 

Doctors call for better rural healthcare 

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