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Federal government encourages Adani to seek loan from private sector and more Zedlines

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The federal government says Indian energy giant Adani will only be granted a concessional loan from the Australian government if it can't raise the money for a railway line linked to its Carmichael coal mine privately.

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. 

The Queensland government vowed not to use state funds but is supportive of the loan being granted because of the jobs and royalties that will result.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment and more Zedlines

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment  

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Dr Michele Teng led the group of researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where mice with breast cancer were trialled immunotherapy drugs before surgery. Survival rates are usually very low, but about half of the mice treated in this order were cured.

Popping party drugs to treat PTSD and more Zedlines

The party drug ecstasy is now one step closer to being used as a legal treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons).

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug for clinical trials, the final stage before it becomes a legal prescription medication.

Professor Nicole Lee from Curtin University said that mixing ecstasy with antidepressants can cause the brain to produce far too much serotonin.

 

Cafe helps those with a disability learn industry skills

A cafe in Nambour is giving people who have a disability a chance to learn skills in the hospitality industry.

Nine trainees are undertaking the initiative and are involved in many cafe tasks.

Great Barrier Reef 'in danger', and more Zedlines...

The Queensland Government has said the Great Barrier Reef could end up on the UNESCO 'in danger' list. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Great Barrier Reef in danger of UNESCO listing

The Queensland Government has said the Great Barrier Reef could be put on UNESCO’s ‘in danger’ list because of failure to secure key sustainability requirements.

UNESCO received a joint report from the state and federal governments which stated that less than half of the proposed actions have been implemented to help rebuild the reef by 2050.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles told reporters it's a low possibility at this stage, but certainly higher than what we would have thought.

 

Warning ahead of summer heatwave and more Zedlines

Experts are warning against underestimating the dangers of heat waves as Queensland is expected to experience soaring temperatures this week (image source: Flickr, Adeel Anwer).

The Bureau of Meteorology has devised a system to classify heatwaves similar to the way cyclones are classified.

Dr Thomas Loridan says many people underestimate the dangers of heatwaves, and they can pose a threat akin to that of other natural disasters, as every 100,000 people exposed to a category five heatwave would result in at least three fatalities.

 

Super bill draws criticism

Sexual health education to change in Queensland schools and more Zedlines

Queensland politicians have introduced changes to the Australian curriculum as part of a statewide initiative which will see widespread implementation of sexual- and reproductive health-related topics - a first in the country.

Students from Prep to Year 10 will be affected by the changes, which focus on healthy sexual relationships and reducing stigma, discrimination and violence surrounding sexuality.

The Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 is designed to promote access to information pertaining to topics like sexual health, gender identity and to eventually eradicate STI’s such as HIV.

 

Industrial Relations Bill to impact Queensland Workplaces

Discriminatory laws still plague the LGBTIQ community and more Zedlines

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is set to issue a formal apology to the state’s LGBTIQ community, in order to acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by old laws.

South Australia and Queensland are the only states which still allow the so-called ‘gay panic defence,’ where citing unwanted homosexual advances can be used as a partial defence against a murder charge.

While the Queensland Government now says it will abolish that defence, South Australia is yet to commit to such law reforms.

 

New therapy for Prostate cancer treatments in Brisbane

Queensland prostate cancer sufferers will try a new GPS system therapy, used to track the position of their tumors during radiation treatment.

Pro-abortion rally underway in Brisbane and more Zedlines

A rally is currently taking place outside of Parliament House in Brisbane to decriminalise abortion in Queensland (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The rally has speakers from the Labor, Greens and Independent parties, as well as various community and lobby groups.

The rally is continuing the campaign to decriminalise abortion after the Women’s Right To Choose bill was rejected in October.
 

Majority of recession victims are Queenslanders

A recent report by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed a mass two thirds of the national population living in recession are from Queensland.

Australian education results slide further down international ranks and more Zedlines...

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

Australian education results slides further down international ranks

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Australian students dropping from 12th to 17th in both Year 8 maths and science and plummeting ten spots from 18th in Year 4 maths.

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres and more Zedlines

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre. (image source: flickr)

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres

The Queensland University of Technology has tested a new biofuel from old rubber tyres and the results have proven successful.

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre.

Director Trevor Bayley says the company is able to use a wasted resource to reduce stockpiles while also creating renewable energy, meaning there is zero waste from the used tyres.

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