Foreign Affairs

Australian Campaign launched to stop abuse at retail and fast food workers.. and more Zedlines..

Throughout the christmas period a new campaign is being launched to help stop customer rage and violence towards retail and fast food workers.

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) are launching the “No One Deserves a Serve campaign” after a survey of 6,000 workers found that 85 per cent of workers had experienced abuse.


Many workers have told of being slapped, spat on, yelled at by customers.


Failure to maintain biosecurity standard responsible for 40m loss in prawn industry.

A major failure in biosecurity practices has been estimated to have left the Queensland prawn farming industry $40 Million poorer.

Adani Railway to be officially veto as Annastacia Palaszczuk is sworn in

The railway loan set to be given to Indian mining company Adani, will be rejected as soon as Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and her new government are sworn into office.

The move to reject the loan has frustrated the federal government, particularly the minister for resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, who says that the Queensland government’s decision was the result of “racism”.

Palaszczuk further vowed to stop all direct taxpayer funds going to the mine, and all other infrastructure.


12 million deep-water mushroom corals have been discovered by researchers

Researchers have discovered what is believed to be the biggest community of deep-water mushroom corals at the Ningaloo Marine Park off the Western Australian Coast.

Doctor Russ Babcock from the CSIRO said while mushroom corals have been reported in other areas including the Great Barrier Reef, this appears to be the largest of its kind.

The community spans over 2.5 kilometres and there is estimated to be as many as 12 million of these corals living on the reef.

Australia reminded of home security basics this Christmas and more Zedlines

With Christmas coming around the corner, Crime Stoppers are urging Australians to remember the basics of home security.


Crime Stoppers partnered with lock experts, Lane Security and Cammy - an app based security solutions provider, and surveyed 1000 Australians on their security practices.


CEO of Crime Stoppers NSW Peter Price, warns Australia on the reliance of high-tech security, and urged homeowners on installing quality locks on doors and windows.


Lane Security spokesperson Dean Beardmore agreed with the statement, and also recommended that locks be replaced every ten years, and regular maintenance be done to ensure they remain in good working order.


Three LNP candidates vying for party leadership following election loss and more Zedlines

The Queensland LNP will decide today who will lead the party following its state election loss.


LNP will choose from candidates Deb Frecklington, John-Paul Langbroek and Tim Robinson who are vying for LNP leadership in a bid to bounce back from its election loss.


The LNP’s primary vote fell below 1 million voters to 33.6 percent, and its seat count went backwards despite having a larger parliament.


Deb Frecklington, who would be the party’s first female leader, is rumoured to be a frontrunner after working as deputy to opposition leader Tim Nicholls.


Safety barriers on Brisbane City buses voted by drivers

Same-sex couples can marry as early as January 9 and more Zedlines...

Following the passing of the same-sex marriage bill yesterday, gay and lesbian couples will be able to get married as early as January 9. Image source: Wikipedia.

Attorney-General George Brandis, who signed the bill into law this morning, says the public galleries erupted with cheers and singing, the moment ‘unforgettable’.


Same-sex couples can lodge their one-month notice of intention to marry tomorrow, Saturday 9 December.


Couples who chose to marry overseas will have their marriages officially recognised from midnight tonight.


Tim Nicholls just conceded the state election


Labor claims 47th seat but is yet to officially claim government

Labor claims to have won the 47th seat it needs to form a majority in parliament but has not yet officially claimed government.

On Tuesday night Meaghan Scanlon won the Gold Coast seat of Gaven from sitting Liberal National Party member Sid Cramp.

Labor is yet to claim victory overall and LNP leader Tim Nicholls has not accepted defeat meaning both sides may wait until the Electoral Commission of Queensland declares a result.

As of Tuesday more than 30 seats have been declared late; 17 for Labor, 13 for LNP and one for Katter’s Australia Party.

Barking dog complaints website to be developed

Student sued in discrimination scandal confronts Gillian Triggs and more Zedline

Former Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs was confronted live on Q&A last night by a QUT student involved in the 18C discrimination scandal.


The scandal began in 2013 when the students made comments on Facebook after being asked to leave an indigenous-only computer lab, but they did not learn of the legal action until 2015.


One of the sued students, Callum Thwaits, said his life had nearly been destroyed by the long running legal saga, and that he could not accept Trigg’s handling of his case.


Common drug found to stop skin cancers and more Zedline

Queensland researchers have found regular use of certain common anti-inflammatory drugs, to be the key to stop skin cancers from turning into deadly ulcerated melanomas.


Aspirin, ibuprofen and statins, a popular cholesterol lowering drug, are among those found to lower the risk of the condition.


Lead researcher Lena von Schuckmann said although the findings were really exciting, furthers studies are required.


Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillian applauds the finding, and also advised everyone to visit a GP if any changes on the skin is detected.


Streamlining of barking dog complaint process


Health groups call for endometriosis education in schools and more Zedlines

A coalition of women’s health groups is urging the government to fund an education program about endometriosis.

Awareness of the debilitating disease is low, and many women endure years of pain before being diagnosed.

Dr Susan Evans from the Pelvic Pain Foundation says that education is the way forward to avoid future generations of girls and women suffering.

The coalition, consisting of groups such as EndoActive, the Pelvic Pain foundation, medical research groups, and universities, are also calling for a public awareness campaign and new clinical pathways for better diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.