Foreign Affairs

Nauru reforms criminal codes and more Zedlines

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. (Source: Wikicommons)

Nauru reforms criminal codes
Nauru has reformed its criminal codes replacing the ones based on the 1899 Criminal Code of Queensland.

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. The state has also removed death penalty and criminalised child labour.

In the past few weeks two refugees have been charged and jailed for attempting suicide and two gay refugees have been facing discrimination and violence.

Today Marks National Sorry Day and more Zedlines

Thursday, May 26 marks National Sorry Day - an event commemorating and expressing regret for the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population.[]

Queensland Parliament Passes New Mining Laws

The Queensland State Parliament has passed laws restoring community rights to object to new mines.

Under the new laws, mining companies will be required to inform landowners and neighbours about proposed mining projects.

The laws also repeal proposed changes allowing mining leases to be granted on restricted land without consent of the owner.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the public has a right to be aware, and to have input into what happens in their community.


Australia revives uncertain Cambodia refugee deal and more Zedlines

The deal sparked protests outside the Australian embassy in Cambodia, with protesters saying the country cannot afford to take care of its own citizens. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

$15 million to combat STDs in North Queensland

A new $15 million package has been implemented to fight sexually transmitted diseases in North Queensland, after three deaths and more than 160 new cases of congenital syphilis since 2015. 

The five-year plan to tackle the outbreak was announced on Wednesday by Health Minister Cameron Dick, who predicted deaths from the disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will continue until December 2017.

Majority of Australians in Favour of Voluntary Euthanasia and more Zedlines

A recent VoteCompass poll revealed 75% of Australians are in favour of allowing the terminally ill to have access to voluntary euthanasia. (Image Source: Flickr)

Dairy Farmers Take To Brisbane Streets In Protest

Hundreds of dairy farmers protested in Brisbane on Wednesday as part of a nationwide rally about the industry crisis.

Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper said the war on milk pricing needed to end, with fairer pricing that better reflects the costs of production.

Mr Hopper said while a consumer levy has been suggested, an agreement from milk processors to increase farmers' pay would be the best solution.


Great Barrier Reef Report Shows Faster Improvement Needed

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.

Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts. 

The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.    

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate and more 9am Zedlines

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring.

Mr Palmer won the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, and earlier this month confirmed he would not seek re-election in the House of Representatives, amidst controversy over his Queensland Nickel refinery.

Austria avoids far-right President and more 8am Zedlines

Austria has elected a new president, only narrowly avoiding becoming the first European Union state to vote in a far-right leader. (image source: Wikipedia)

Another 100 QLD school zone lights announced

Another 100 Queensland school zones will receive flashing school zone lights to improve safety for students travelling to and from school.

The announcement is part of a 12 million dollar commitment from the first Palaszczuk State Budget to install an extra 300 flashing signs over three years.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey says the flashing signs have been a resounding success with more than 600 installed in school zones across Queensland since 2011.

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield, and more Zedlines

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source (Source: Wikipedia)

Principle threatened with machete and axe

Teachers are once again considering leaving schools in Aurukun in far north Queensland after the principle was threatened by four teens with machete’s and an axe.

Despite this being the second time it has happened in two weeks, teachers have decided to stay with further safety measures likely to be introduced.

Twenty five teachers left the community after the first incident and only returned last week with five teachers deciding not to return at all.

Lab creates 3D prawn sperm models

QLDers might not get a fare deal if Uber is made illegal, and more 9am Zedlines

Queenslanders could face higher taxi fares and long waiting times if Uber is made illegal (Source: Flickr)

Brisbane's heritage trading scheme allows developers to build bigger

A controversial high-rise development in the Brisbane CBD will go ahead, despite it not conforming to the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.

The heritage-listed National Bank building will allow its owners, The Aria Group, to transfer its development potential to its high rise on Edward street, allowing it to have a footprint larger than the normal 45 per cent for this type of development.

Dutton faces criticism over refugee comments

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton faces backlash after calling refugees illiterate (source: wikimedia)

DV awareness campaign

A police station in Toowoomba has launched a new domestic violence awareness campaign, addressing the stigma that comes with reporting the crimes.

Acting Sergeant Susan Forte said when someone reports domestic and family violence crimes they will always be listened to, and the station also offers advice for people trapped in a domestic violence situation.

Figures suggest only 36 per cent of crimes relating to family and domestic violence are reported to police.