Foreign Affairs

Calls for aged care reform and more Zedlines

There are calls for security cameras to be installed in rooms of aged care residents after disturbing footage revealed elder abuse by a staff member in an aged care facility. 

Toxic ash discovery 
Over 1,000 tonnes of toxic ash and coal waste is being stored on South-East Queensland properties illegally, according to a report by the ABC. 

The contractor implicated has rights to resell the coal waste, but it is instead being stockpiled on properties in Gympie and Pinkenba. 

The coal waste, from Government owned coal mines can be potentially harmful to humans if it is inhaled. 

LNP Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the discovery is “disturbing”. 

DNC apologises to Sanders after email leak and more Zedlines

The Democratic National Convention has apologised to Bernie Sanders after an email leak.

Updated curriculum for Queensland schools

Queensland teachers will be given greater freedom and control on how they teach core curriculum from term one next year.

The changes are expected to reduce teachers workload, and streamline curriculum and subjects, giving students a better learning experience.

Minister for Education Kate Jones said the updated curriculum will be clearer, allowing teachers more time to focus on revision.

Error in Herbert recount

Malcolm Turnbull announces royal commission into youth detention centres and more Zedlines

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a royal commission into youth detention centres following a Four Corners report.

Police Minister praises community spirit

Acting Police Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has thanked all those involved in the search for missing Gold Coast Girl Jocelyn Lewis.  

Dr Lynham said the positive outcome of the search is testament to the hard work of Police and SES, and community spirit.

The search effort involved over 150 Queensland Police and SES officers, as well as thousands of locals who joined the search to find Jocelyn. 

Australia slips to fourth on Child Prosperity Index and more Zedlines

Australia ranks fourth on the Child Prosperity Index report by the aid agency, Save the Children, slipping from last year’s previous position of third place. Image Source: Flickr

QLD Government will repeal anti-bikie legislation

The State Government is planning to repeal anti-bikie legislation laws from the Newman government era this year.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said that outlaw motorcycle crime only makes up 1 per cent of crime in Queensland. However, the Government is determined to keep cracking down on outlaw motorcycle clubs when new organised crime laws are introduced.

QLD set to ban Wicked Camper Vans and more Zedlines

Wicked Camper vans are set to be banned in Queensland after 49 complaints against the company were made between 2010 and 2015. Image source: Flickr

QLD set to ban Wicked Camper Vans

Wicked Camper vans are set to be banned in Queensland after 49 complaints against the company were made between 2010 and 2015.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said there are plans to amend laws to ban commercial vehicles which do not comply with the Advertising Standards Bureau. 

Ms D'Ath said that she believes this change will be a first for the nation.

RACQ finds 1 in 3 students are taking selfies while driving

Police summit to discuss rise of youth gang crime and more Zedlines

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Queensland Department completing fewer child abuse cases than last year

According to data released by the Department of Child Safety, only 37 percent of investigations and assessments of child abuse notifications start in the recommended timeframe, down from 39% last year

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentimen says staff are spending more time responding to early cases, leaving longer wait times for official investigations to start.

Federal government teaching test not-compulsury for Queensland graduates and more Zedlines

The Queensland College of Teachers is allowing teaching graduates to postpone sitting the federal government’s new literacy and numeracy tests until next year. Image Source: Holyrood

Federal government teaching test not-compulsury for Queensland graduates

The Queensland College of Teachers is allowing teaching graduates to postpone sitting the federal government’s new literacy and numeracy tests until next year.

Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones said the federal tests were unfunded, and Queensland universities wanted to hold off until next year before requiring students to take the test, so they would not be retroactively charged for it.

Mass grave of greyhounds found and more Zedlines

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds. Photo: Wikipedia

Mass grave of greyhounds found

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds.

The dogs buried there are believed to have been killed between two thousand and nine and two thousand and thirteen because they were under-performing and no longer needed.

Donald Trump officially announced as Republican nominee and more Zedlines...

Donald Trump has been officially announced as the Republican Nominee during the second day of the Republican Convention in Ohio.

Donald Trump officially announced as Republican nominee

Donald Trump has been officially announced as the Republican Nominee during the second day of the Republican Convention in Ohio.

Trump’s home state of New York gave him 89 delegates, the final votes needed to secure the nomination.

Before formally submitting Trump’s name Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions described him as a singular leader and that he could get America back on track.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election and more Zedlines...

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public. The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public.

The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

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