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Brisbane Lord Mayor to announce incentives for new aged care facilities and more Zedlines

Development charges are expected to be cut by 33% for three years in a bid to attract more aged care facilities to Brisbane.

Brisbane Lord Mayor to announce incentives for aged care home developers

Development charges are expected to be cut by 33% for three years in a bid to attract more aged care facilities to Brisbane.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is today expected to announce the incentives which are specifically designed to attract aged care homes to the inner suburbs.

Quirk says the scheme is vital to accommodate the needs of Brisbane’s growing ageing population.

Spit hood used in Brisbane correctional centre and more Zedlines

Footage obtained by the Courier Mail has revealed a 17-year-old boy was placed in a spit hood and left alone in his cell at the Brisbane Correctional Centre.

QLD infrastructure spending at 10-year low

A National consultancy company found the Queensland Government’s reluctance to borrow money has seen public spending sink to a 10 year low.

The RPS Group report said the public sector spent $1.3 billion on infrastructure in the March quarter, which was the lowest level since 2006, and half the rate of expenditure seen five years ago.

Queensland politicians set for pay rise and more Zedlines

Queensland Members of Parliament have been given a 2.25% pay rise, per year, for three years. The pay rises were a result of the State Government giving the public service more funds after finding that Queensland politicians’ base rates were lower than some other states. The Independent remuneration tribunal said the pay rises will be backdated to September 2015.

Adani case dismissed

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s case against the proposed Adani Carmichael mine has been dismissed by the Federal Court.

 

The conservation foundation argued former environment minister Greg Hunt failed to consider the negative consequences the mine would have on the Great Barrier Reef.

 

LNP may put Pauline before Palaszczuk and other Zedlines

Pauline Hanson may receive a huge boost at state level, with the LNP discussing placing One Nation candidates above Labor on how-to-vote cards. Image source: Free Aussie Stock

LNP may put Pauline before Palaszczuk

The Liberal National Party has announced they may preference Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party above Labor at the next state election.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the LNP will be doing all in their power to prevent the Palaszczuk Government winning a second term, which may involve preferencing Labor members last in a number of key seats.

This follows a threat from Pauline Hanson to have One Nation supporters preference all sitting MPs last at the next election, regardless of party affiliation.

Koalas are given a new home and more Zedlines

15,000 eucalyptus trees are being planted in the Gold Coast to feed Koalas. Image source: common.wikimedia

Hinze Dam provides new home for Koalas

The Gold Coast hinterland’s Hinze Dam saw to the planting of 15,000 eucalyptus trees to feed Koalas.

Senior veterinarian, Dr Michael Pyne, said Koala hospital admissions were the result of disease and lack of food. The toll of admissions rises each year with the number of admissions expected to surpass 300 this year.

Dr Pyne said 10,000 more eucalyptus trees are needed, as feeding Koalas is the big issue.

 

New study to assess calcium build-up

Amatrice death toll reaches 250 and more Zedlines

Following Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the Italian town of Amatrice, officials have stated the death toll is now at 250. Image source: wikimedia commons

Amatrice earthquake death toll reaches 250

The death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy now stands at 250, with rescue workers pessimistic about the chance of finding any more survivors as aftershocks continue to rock the region.

Open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball regarding climate change and more Zedlines

The Australian National University published an open letter signed by 154 environmental scientists addressed to Malcolm Turnbull espousing the threat posed by climate change. Image: Flickr, Nonprofit Organizations

Open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball regarding climate change
The Australian National University published an open letter signed by 154 environmental scientists addressed to Malcolm Turnbull espousing the threat posed by climate change.

The letter, which began with the line “There is no Planet B” pointed out the global temperatures this July were the hottest in 136 years, and the “unprecedented” rise in global greenhouse gasses.

Number of female coalition MPs lowest since 1993 and more Zedlines

The number of women among coalition MP’s is now the lowest since 1993, after the 2016 election saw the proportion of women in parliament fall to 17 per cent. (Image source: wikipedia)

Windorah solar farm breaks down

The Windorah solar farm has broken down, with concerns mounting that the project may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Opened in 2009 by the Queensland Labor Government and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the solar farm was intended to generate 300,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, but according to locals has done little more than offset the cost of diesel.

French police reported to be enforcing 'burkini ban' and more Zedlines

Pictures have emerged of French police enforcing the controversial "burkini ban" on a beach in the southern city of Nice. Image: Flickr, Charles Roffey

French police reported to be enforcing burkini ban
Pictures have emerged of French police enforcing the controversial "burkini ban" on a beach in the southern city of Nice.

President of The French Council of the Muslim Faith, Anouar Kbibech, (An-wa) says his is concerned about the direction the public debate is taking, citing the growing fear of stigmatisation of Muslims in France.

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time and more Zedlines

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights. (Image source: en.wikipedia.org)

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights.

Yesterday, Federal Court justice Ronald Mansfield ordered the Northern Territory government to pay 3.3 million dollars in compensation to the traditional owners of Timber Creek, which the government had built infrastructure on against their wishes.

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