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Doctors request the government to end Medicare freeze and more Zedlines

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have asked the government to end the freeze on Medicare. Image source: commons.wikimedia

Doctors request government to end government freeze

A request has been submitted by doctors to the government to partially lift the Medicare freeze, alleging bulk-billing rates have fallen since July.

The bulk-billing rates are said to have fallen 10% as a result of the freeze, with doctors asking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to form a compromise.

The doctors hope the government will lift the freeze for GP consultations, claiming it will cost the budget around $150 million per year.

 

Pangolin trade banned by United Nations and more Zedlines

(Image source: flickr.com, Ruslan Rugoals)

The United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has voted to ban the trade of Pangolins, a small scaled mammal found in Asia and Africa.

The animal, which has eight subspecies, has the misfortune of being the world’s most poached creature due to its popularity in Asia, where its meat is a popular delicacy and its scales are an ingredient in traditional medicine.  

The Convention also voted to extend the ban to the barbary macaques, the only primate living north of the Sahara.

 

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply and more Zedlines

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Fluoridation will continue in 24 of the state's 77 councils as an increasing number of councils have acted on the decision by the LNP government to make fluoride optional after Labor made it compulsory in 2007.

Health Minister Cameron Dick says the current Labor Government would not revisit the issue.

 

 

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Smoking in Australia on the decline and more Zedlines

A new report shows smoking rates are on the decline in Australia with daily smokers accounting for less than 13 per cent of people, one of the lowest smoking rates in the world. Image: Pixabay

Smoking in Australia on the decline
A new report shows smoking rates are on the decline in Australia with daily smokers accounting for less than 13 per cent of people, one of the lowest smoking rates in the world.

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found fewer young Australians are experimenting with cigarettes however for indigenous Australians and people living in remote areas, improvements in smoking rates were recorded as being less dramatic than those living in major cities.

National approach needed for driverless cars and more Zedlines

An inquiry into driverless cars has recommended that Australia develops a national approach to the vehicles.

All-female ground crew claims historic victory at international air races championship

A Brisbane pilot was part of a three-woman team that won a ground crew event at the Reno National Championship Air Races in Nevada, USA.  

In the event’s 53 year history, an all female crew has never won the best ground crew event.

Brisbane pilot Joanne Wilson says there were no other female team members at the championships, and hopes their victory will encourage more women to become pilots.

Afghanistan Government signs peace deal with armed group and more Zedlines

The Afghanistan government signed a peace deal with Hezb-i-Islami, allowing group leader to return to the country and provide an amnesty for fighters. Image source: Wikipedia

Afghanistan Government signs peace deal 

The Afghanistan Government have signed a peace deal with armed group Hezb-i-Islami which allows the group's leader to return to the country and an amnesty for former fighters.

The leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was once known as the Butcher of Kabul and this peace deal allows him to re-enter politics.

Head of the Government’s High Peace Council, Sayed Ahmad Gilani in speaking to Reuters says he hopes this is the beginning of a permanent peace in the country.

 

Gonski school funding to be reviewed and more Zedlines

The Federal Government is planning to overhaul the Gonski school funding to replace the current 27 separate agreements with a simpler model. Image: Pixabay

Gonski school funding to be reviewed
The Federal Government is planning to overhaul the Gonski school funding to replace the current 27 separate agreements with a simpler model.

The Commonwealth has released modeling that shows there are discrepancies between different school systems, which will be addressed when Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham meets with state and territory counterparts in Adelaide on Friday to begin redistributing funding beyond 2017.

Queensland orders foster care, blue card review and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government has ordered a review into foster care and the issuing of blue cards in the wake of the death of Tiahleigh Palmer whose foster father has been charged with her murder and interfering with her corpse. image source: flickr

Backpackers underpaid for labour on Queensland farm

Over 90 Korean backpackers have reportedly been underpaid several thousand dollars on a South-East Queensland farm.

An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found labour contractor Boonah Packing Pty Ltd guilty of underpaying nearly 100 casual workers more than $16,000 between July 2015 and January 2016.

The company has since started back-payments, has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking and agreed to implement measures to ensure future compliance.

 

Victorian community groups reach out to dairy farmers and more Zedlines

Battling Victorian dairy farmers are being given a helping hand as community groups deliver hampers and offer emotional support to farmers across the state.

Victorian community groups reach out to dairy farmers

Battling Victorian dairy farmers are being given a helping hand as community groups deliver hampers and offer emotional support to farmers across the state.

Many farmers are now in significant debt following Murray Goulburn’s and Fonterra’s decision to slash prices to below production costs, with some being forced to sell their farms.

Deputy Premier Middle East bound and more Zedlines

Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad is making her way to the Middle East to promote Queensland’s expertise in the knowledge-based economy in the Middle East and Europe. The trip will explore infrastructure development models and will also spread to Paris for a UNESCO meeting where the Great Barrier Reef will be discussed.

Deputy Premier Middle East bound

Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad is making her way to the Middle East to promote Queensland’s expertise in the knowledge-based economy in the Middle East and Europe.

The trip will explore infrastructure development models and will also spread to Paris for a UNESCO meeting where the Great Barrier Reef will be discussed.

Queensland’s deputy leader will also be working on projects in London and Dubai and will return to Australia in October.

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