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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.    

QLDers have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote, and more Zedlines

Queenslanders are being reminded they only have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote for the Federal Election. (Source:

Cancer Council Queensland issues warning of high daily sodium intake

A survey from Cancer Council Queensland shows only six per cent of Queenslanders are aware of the recommended daily sodium intake to prevent chronic disease.

Research shows many Australians are consuming much more sodium than the recommended 1600mg.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urges to limit using or finding alternatives to salt for cooking.

The Council has also issued a consumer alert about the amount of salt contained in pre-packaged foods.

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

Record breaking rain in May for far north QLD and more 8am Zedlines

May has been a record breaking month for rain in far north Queensland (Source: Wikipedia)

Divers experience rare swim with five-metre whale shark off North Stradbroke Island

Divers off North Stradbroke Island have been treated with a rare and spectacular sighting of a five metre long juvenile whale shark.

University of Queensland marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend said it was only the second confirmed sighting of a whale shark off North Stradbroke in about 10 years.

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers - and more Zedlines

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers, chemicals found sea snails useful in fighting cancer,US Gets First Openly Gay Army Secretary and more Zedlines

 

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers 

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for Queenslanders to boycott Wicked Campers until the company removes offensive and derogatory slogans from their vehicles. 

The boycott comes after the RACQ pushed the state government to address the company’s flouting of advertising standards. 

Palaszczuk says that advertising breaches are a national matter, but that the Attorney General will look into stopping the offensive slogans. 

Australian gender pay association warns against new study and more Zedlines

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce. Image: wikicommons

Australian gender pay association warns against new study

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce.

The study claims women seek out less competitive jobs and suggests their attempts at negotiating tend to be less successful than males’ attempts.

Libby Lyons, Director of Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency has cautioned the study, saying she is not aware of any similar evidence in Australia.

NSW scientists develop groundbreaking microscope and more Zedlines

Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a groundbreaking Scanning Helium Microscope, which could be a game-changer for new discoveries. (Source: Pixabay)

NSW scientists develop groundbreaking microscope
Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a groundbreaking Scanning Helium Microscope, which could be a game-changer for new discoveries.

Rather than light, the microscope uses helium as a source to examine samples in their true state.

University of Newcastle researcher Professor Paul Dastoor says the microscope will allow researchers to examine many surfaces for the first time ever, which could lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the future.

Taxi Council Queensland attempts to fend off Uber, and more Zedlines.

Taxi Council Queensland attempts to fend off Uber, Labor releases breakdown of education funding promise, Syrian military extends ceasefire in Aleppo, and more Zedlines. (Image: Youtube).

Taxi Council Queensland attempts to fend off Uber

The Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) says they will raise $1.2 million dollars in an effort to fend off growing popularity in the ridesharing service Uber, and win favour through government review.

Members of TCQ voted to contribute $360 per cab each year until 2019 to heighten lobbying powers and support.

A total of $1.2 million dollars per year will be raised if all 3 260 members pay their share of the contribution.

New study identifies higher heart attack risk in older Australians and more Zedlines

20 per cent of Australians aged 45 and older are vulnerable to cardiovascular disease within the next five years and not receiving medication. (Source: Flickr)

Queensland banana grower finds success with green bananas

A Queensland farmer is using rejected Lady Finger bananas to create gluten free banana flour.

Farmer Robert Watkins started noticing that animals would flock specifically to eat the unripened bananas he had to throw out.

Mr Watkins said his company, Natural Evolution, discovered that the Lady Finger banana has the highest natural resistant starch on earth which also reduces the risks of colorectal cancer.

Geothermal Energy - Do You know the Benefits and Costs?

by Eliot Rifkin
Geothermal Energy - Do You know the Benefits and Costs? 
Final part of a 6 part series on environmental impacts of the various renewable energies. We all want environmental friendly energy, however what are the hidden costs and benefits for consideration in the decision-making?

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