Activism

Livestock Responsible for Growing Koala Attacks and more Zedlines

According to a koala rescuer, the native species is being attacked by livestock as frequently as by dogs.

A rescuer from Rescue to the Wildlife Inc in the Darling Downs said that habitat destruction from development and tree felling is forcing koalas travel across the ground to find safety, making them vulnerable to attacks. 

Farmers and rescuers have reported attacks caused by cattle and horses that have injured the animals.

 

LNP Attack Queensland Budget

Seven days after Treasurer Curtis Pitt handed down the Queensland Budget, the LNP is still attacking the government's decisions.

New research likens land clearing rates in Queensland to those in Brazil and more Zedlines...

Queensland has been rated as a “contemporary hot spot” for land clearing and is on par with places like Brazil. 

According to Doctor April Reside from the University of Queensland, land clearing rates in Queensland are the highest that it has been in the last ten years.
 
Queensland has the largest land clearing emission rates in Australia which threatens 95 species of animal, and 12 species of plant.
 
With land clearing rates the highest they have been in ten years, Doctor Reside believes drastic changes are necessary in order to save the threatened species and protect the habitat.

 

Refugee week food ration challenge and more Zedlines...

More than 10, 000 people across Australia are completing the ‘act for peace ration challenge’ this week, where they survive on the same food provided to Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan.

 
The initiative is a part of world refugee week, aiming to raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster. 
 
Participants are given a small amount of rice, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. 
 
So far, the Challenge has raised over 2 Million dollars - enough to feed over 8, 000 refugees for an entire year. 

 

MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride 

The mental health plight of asylum seekers

The conversation around asylum seekers and refugees is often a very divisive and politicised one, and with World Refugee Day approaching on the 20th of this months, Samantha Ratnam of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre took some time to talk with Isaac Gregor on the mental health plight faced by those seeking refuge, and what the community can do to support them as the pressures of the October deadline loom ahead.

Image source: Vimeo.

60th anniversary of the Palm Island protest, and more Zedlines...

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Strike 57 – an indigenous protest which shut down Palm Island. Image source: Flickr

 

The protest, which is marked with a public holiday on Palm Island, saw Willie Thaiday, Albert Geia, Eric Lymburner, Sonny Sibley, Bill Congoo, George Watson and Gordon Tapau lead an island-wide strike against unpaid wages and working conditions for five days.

State Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk government supports the Strike 57 commemorations.

 

Queensland Government offers reassurances to London  

Abbott Calls Shorten “Favourite” to Win Next Federal Election

Tony Abbott has revealed he believes Bill Shorten is the favourite to win the next federal election, stating that the UK election was an example of how voters treat complacent governments.

Brisbane Man Wins OAM for Model Trains
Brisbane man Neil MacKenzie has won a Medal of the Order of Australia for his handmade model steam trains and his service to the community.

MacKenzie has been making the trains for 30 years and he charges children to ride them at his model railway club in Bracken Ridge before donating the proceeds to charity.

The trains can take up to 5 years to make and 90-year-old MacKenzie says he has no plans to retire.

Girls breaking stereotypes and gender norms and more Zedlines...

An unlikely music trio has emerged from conservative West Java in the form of three young Muslim schoolgirls who have formed their own thrash metal band known as VoB.- which means ‘noisy’ in their native Sudanese.

Their frontwoman Firddia Kurnia said the group takes inspiration from classics such as Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine and Lamb of God.

The group have since won fame throughout the country and skipped school to travel four hours to the capital to play live on national television.

It was their music teacher turned manager, Erza Satia, who introduced the girls to metal and hopes to continue guiding them to success.

 

Midwife Abuse

Allegations of Iraq chemical attack against ISIS and more Zedlines...

Allegations have arisen that Iraqi forces have used white phosphorus against areas held by Daesh.

A Kurdish video crew was filming on Saturday and caught footage of what looked to be white phosphorus streaming down from the sky.

The Iraqi military quickly released a media statement threatening action against any publication who published the footage.

White phosphorus burns skin terribly and requires senior military official approvement before being used.

The allegations concern human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch who continue to investigate the claims.

 

Love Makes A Way protest and more Zedlines...

A group of Brisbane Christians are set to protest outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for the next five days in a bit for fair onshore assessment processes for refugees.

The protest organiser Peter Branjedporn, from Christian advocacy group Love Makes A Way explained that local Christian communities must take a stand and fight for fair, just and transparent processes for those seeking asylum from their homelands.

This comes as Refugee Week approaches.

 

The mortality rate for Queensland men fighting melanoma is increasing

Medical marijuana the target of thieves and more Zedlines

Since medical marijuana was legalised in Australia in October last year, the Department of Health has received over 75 applications to grow or manufacture the drug. Image: Wikimedia

Twelve businesses in Australia have been given the green light to grow or manufacture medicinal cannabis by industry regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
 
However, farmers must show that their product is not ending up in the hands of thieves or in the black market, and as a result, the government is imposing strict security measures, which can cost up to half a million dollars.
 
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt supports the strict security measures, saying medical marijuana is at risk of unsafe or criminal use.

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