Foreign Affairs

Queensland introduces GPS trackers for commercial fishermen and more zedlines...

Queensland commercial fishermen will be affected by some major changes, with GPS trackers aiming to be fitted in all boats. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

As part of the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy, all boats including small tender boats, used to drag out nets will require tracking devices to help collect data in assessing the sustainability of fish stocks.

With most commercial fishermen recording their catch data on hard-copy log books, the vessel monitoring system (VMS) helps make data collection more efficient.

Tired emergency crews will be better managed after Cyclone Debbie and more Zedlines...

The Queensland government will better manage fatigued workers in emergency situations in the wake of a review into the response to Cyclone Debbie. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite identifying that the response to Debbie was the best-planned to date, the review by Inspector-General of Emergency Management Iain MacKenzie made 18 recommendations to improve future responses.

The government accepted 17 of the recommendations, while it accepted the 18th, for emergency alerts to be made more timely and targeted, on principle.

Council defends agreement with technology company

Medical Practitioners Concerned Over Rise in “Botched Procedures” and more Zedlines...

Surgeons are urging for tougher regulations as reports have shown there has been an increase in botched procedures in day clinics. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons said there needs to be better monitoring of patients post-procedure, mandatory registration and training for staff and regular assessments of clinics by authorities.

Front Line SA officers set to oppose shoot-to-kill laws and more Zedlines

South Australian Police are currently restricted from using lethal force against a person unless there is an immediate threat to life, and this is set to stay the same with many front-line officers opposing proposed shoot to kill laws.

The South Australian Opposition said in August they would install shoot-to-kill powers in the event of a terror threat if they won Government in the March election, however the Police Association says there will be no support of any such laws unless there was full criminal and civil immunity.

The union will meet today for the annual delegate conference, with an expected announcement regarding the shoot to kill laws in the coming weeks.

Panama Papers journalist killed in car bombing and more Zedlines

A car bomb in Malta has killed the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption outside her home on Monday afternoon.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who has been described as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”, fell victim when her car was destroyed by a powerful explosion, blowing the vehicle into several pieces.

Ms Caruana Galizia often garnered more readers to her blog than the circulation of the country’s newspaper, with her latest findings connecting Malta’s prime minister and his two closest aides to offshore companies linked to the illegal sale of Maltese passports.

Queensland town will be first to harness geothermal energy and more Zedlines...

The outback township of Winton is the on the cusp of opening Australia’s largest geothermal energy plant.

Winton Council Chief executive Alan Rayment says the power plant is a way to help with Winton’s long-term sustainability and to help bring down power costs.

The energy plant will power the town’s main council buildings and in the future potentially the entire Winton community, saving up to $15 million in energy consumption.

The Winton geothermal plant is expected to receive a warm welcome from the rural community, with the funds saved from the power plant being directed towards other local priorities.

Raising awareness of poverty in Queensland

Protesters call for detention center detainees to be settled in Australia and more Zedlines...

Sydney’s city district was filled with protesters on Sunday, to demand that refugees being detained on Pacific Islands be allowed to settle in Australia as the resettlement deadline approaches.

The Manus Island center is to be closed on October 31 and refugees with a negative status are being pushed to return to their country of origin, while those with a positive status are forced to settle in Papua New Guinea.

A Kurdish journalist, Behrouz Boochani, says detainees do not feel safe being settled in PNG as there are limited opportunities to work and provide for their families.

Art meets Science in an exhibition for Fraser Island

Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa using civilians as human shields and more Zedlines...

US forces have launched a final attack on Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa, after a convoy of Islamic State fighters evacuated the city.

Syrian officials say during the evacuation, around 400 civilians were used as human shields.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are now positioned to take Raqqa after four months of battle, however Colonel Ryan Dylan of the US coalition backing the Forces says they still expect there to be difficult fighting ahead.

UQ’s campaign to create change

A possible cure for dementia and saving the Great Barrier Reef from invasive crown-of-thorns starfish are now within reach as UQ launches a historic $500 million philanthropic campaign.

Lifelike robot speaks with UN on world resources and more zedlines

A robot modelled after Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn visited UN officials to share how droids could help distribute food and energy resources throughout the world. (Image from Flickr)

In an online video, the robot explains to UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, how the rapid advance in artificial intelligence needs to be managed to benefit more than just the few.

The ‘celebrity’ robot has made numerous media appearances and given interviews.


Calls for changes in farm worker visas as unemployed Australians refuse to fruit-pick

New calls for changes in farm worker visas, with a trial targeted at getting unemployed people into agriculture, has gained little support.

Roller skates, posters and rude T-shirts banned from Commonwealth Games and more Zedlines...

The 2017 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is banning the use of posters, rude t-shirts, laser pointers, segways, walkie-talkies and many other items during the event. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Some items will be allowed into venues but banned from being used in a way that negatively impacts on the safety, security or comfort of others, and will be banned from being used in viewing areas.

A new regulation will also ban people from displaying posters on properties inside major event areas during the Games - unless it was displayed beforehand and in the course of someone's ordinary activities.


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