Science

New study reveals effect of Australian gun laws

A new study finally shows the overall effects of Australian gun laws on preventing mass shootings and reducing homicide (source: wikimedia).

Concerns over Fraser Island dingo baiting

Six dingoes were found dead on Fraser Island, raising concerns that they were purposely baited and killed.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said the dingoes will be investigated for cause of death.

President of the Save the Fraser Island Dingo group Malcolm Kilpatrick said he has been worried about baiting for a long time, but the evidence has never been this bad.

 

Queensland Native Title claim successful

Super corals may limit reef bleaching - and more Zedlines

With two-thirds of the 500,000 square kilometres of reefs remaining lost or in poor shape, Australian scientists aim to counteract some of the effects of coral bleaching. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Liberal party defends Parakeelia

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition said tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a Liberal Party owned company which has transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three years.

Liberal politicians have defended the company as lawful and professionally run, saying they will assist with any relevant inquiries.

 

Queensland Government to financially support kindergardens

Queensland fast tracks digital technology education - and more Zedlines

Griffith University Dean of Education Professor Donna Pendergast said the change would prepare students for a rapidly changing digital world. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Queensland fast tracks digital technology education 

Digital technology teaching is being fast-tracked in Queensland schools, with prep students to be taught computer coding from 2017.

Griffith University Dean of Education Professor Donna Pendergast said the change would prepare students for a rapidly changing digital world.

The program will adopt lessons similar to those currently used in the UK.

 

Queensland budget: $23 million increase in environment spending

Millions of dollars in donations for Orlando victims raised and continuing and more Zedlines

Millions of dollars in donations for Orlando victims raised and continuing

Efforts by the Orlando community to raise funds after Sunday’s mass shooting continue, with several million dollars already donated to various organisations.

Terry DeCarlo, an executive director of the LGBT Center of Central Florida, has expressed joy at the outpouring of support for the LGBT community and the victims' families.

Orlando LGBT community raise money for families of mass shooting victims - and more Zedlines

LGBT organisation created a donation website that has seen $4 million dollars raised and is continuing to rise.

Parakeelia controversial ties to Liberal Party

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition says tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a company with controversial ties to the Liberal Party, having transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three three years.

Council opposition leader Peter Cumming says the company is effectively channelling ratepayers' money through to the Liberal Party.

Brisbane budget increase 

Cane toad toxin to be used to trap toad tadpoles and more Zedlines

Cane toad toxin to be used to trap toad tadpoles, Tasmanian Family First candidate apologises for tweet about Orlando massacre, Dutch woman who reported rape in Qatar could be deported, and more Zedlines.

Greens to preference Labor in every Queensland seat

The Greens have confirmed they will preference the Labor Party in every lower house seat in Queensland.

Queensland Greens convenor Penny Allman-Payne says the party’s members have decided to preference Labor in favour of the LNP in all 30 of their seats in the state.

Ms Allman-Payne says the order and frequency of parties appearing on senate ticket varies across electorates, reflecting differences in the party ballot results across branches.

Religious education under review after programs attempt to convert children - and more Zedlines

Windsor State School principal believes lesson materials solicit children to become Christian. (Source: wikimedia.org)

Religious education under review

Religious education in Queensland state schools will be reviewed after a Brisbane principal raised concerns religious programs were attempting to convert children.

Windsor State School principal Matthew Keong said lesson materials often go beyond imparting knowledge of biblical references, and solicit children to become Christian.

Education Minister Kate Jones said the materials in question will be reviewed according to the Department of Education policies.

 

Manus Island could be closed before election

Manus Island detainees could be release the custody of the Australian government two days before the election. (source: flickr)

Developments in renewable energy

A Queensland researcher discovered a new way to turn human waste into renewable electricity.

Advanced Water Management Centre researcher Dr Shihu Hu developed a way to recover more methane gas than with traditional waste treatment.

Dr Hu said his method could save hundreds of thousands of dollars at energy facilities, and could see them become energy neutral.

 

Religious education under review

UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights find Eritrea guilty - and more Zedlines

The Government has committed crimes since the calling of Eritrea's independence in 1991. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Healthcare improvements to rural areas 

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia have come together with the Australian Medical Association to bring about healthcare improvements in rural areas.

A study published by RDAA president and Queensland GP Dr Ewen McPhee highlighted significant discrepancies and disadvantages in rural healthcare.

Dr McPhee called for a national approach to the issue, which entails uniform treatment of patients no matter their location as well as standardised training for rural health professionals.

Hydrogen cars closer to reality

Scientists have devised a process that allows hydrogen to be efficiently sourced from liquid formic acid, a discovery that has promising implications for the reality of hydrogen-powered cars for the masses.

Mr Athanasios Zavras was the study's first author, and spoke about the project.

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