Science and Technology


Labor refuses a minority government and more Zedlines

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would prefer to lose the state election than form a minority government.

In the event of a hung parliament, the Premier promised to make no deals with crossbench MPs from the Greens, One Nation, or Katter’s Australian Party.

Ms Palaszczuk said voters will choose to elect either a majority Labor government or a “chaotic” minority LNP government.

UQ Dipstick Technology allows instant DNA extraction
Researchers from the University of Queensland have developed technology allowing DNA to be quickly extracted from organisms.

Queensland top 10 in deforestation... and more Zedlines

A new report shows Queensland is one of the largest deforesters in the world. (Image: WIkimedia commons)

The Queensland Department of Science shows 395,000 hectares of land has been cleared in the state over the past two years.

Ahead of the election, Labor has promised to re-enact environmental protections, while the LNP plans to let deforestation continue at current rates.

Labor are underdogs, according to Premier

Queensland premier Anastasia Palaszczuk is claiming an ‘underdog status’ for the Queensland election, despite polls suggesting Labor is leading.

Wedding and tourism businesses set to invest from same-sex marriage legalisation

Australia’s wedding and tourism industry are set to benefit once the same-sex marriage bill has passed, with the boom potentially profiting Queensland’s economy. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the move will impact a large number of businesses in both industries, from wedding planners to food and beverage services.

Wedding campaigns are being redesigned and rolled out between now and mid-next year, in a bid to encourage gay couples to choose a region for their venue.

Protestors calling for Canstruct to reject Nauru contract

Mums 4 Refugees and the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) is protesting outside Canstruct, in Yeerongpilly this morning.

Biocontrol for Australian fauna employs South American bugs and more Zedlines

Biocontrol bugs from South America are battling the cat's claw creepers plants that smother natural Australian fauna.

Gympie Landcare biological technical officer, Yvonne Hennel, has stated using bugs is necessary because of the manpower, time and cost of maintaining the plants by hand.

Cat’s claw creepers have the potential to tear down trees and kill off vast areas of vegetation, posing a major threat to local flora and fauna.


Queensland One Nation Leader apologises over wording on safe schools program

Queensland One Nation leader, Steve Dickson, has apologised over his wording of the safe school’s sex education program.

Zimbabwean Vice-President flees country after death threats and more Zedlines...

The Zimbabwean Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fled the country after receiving death threats.

The former vice-president, who was sacked on Wednesday, was accused of trying to overthrow the current President Robert Mugabe and take control of the country.

The First Lady, Grace Mugabe is expected to take Mnangagwa’s position as Vice-President of Zimbabwe at a special congress of the ruling Zanu-PF party in December.



Fraser Coast rates bungle caused by ‘technical oversight’
A regional Queensland council that issued invalid rates over a three-year period claims it was caused by a “technical oversight”.

Optus offers compensation to NBN customers and more Zedlines...

Optus is the latest telecommunications giant to offer compensation to customers who have not received the National Broadband Network speeds they were promised. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The admission by Optus that some customers might have been overcharged follows yesterday's move by Telstra to refund around 42,000 accounts where advertised speeds could never be achieved.

Like Telstra, Optus has attributed the underlying source of undelivered speeds to NBN copper wire access.

School fails students in marking blunder

The Queensland Education department has admitted that a significant marking blunder at an Ipswich state school could affect the chances of some senior english students gaining entry into university.

Labor pledges $679 million towards the redevelopment of three hospitals and more Zedlines...

Labor has revealed $679 million is to be spent on the redevelopment of three south-east Queensland hospitals. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

In Labor's biggest funding pledge yet, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the funding would increase capacity at the Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals by more than 320 beds and provide a new $12.6 million maternity ward at the Logan Hospital.

The commitment includes $575.8 million over funding allocated in this year's budget.

Potential for new PCYC facilities in Brisbane suburbs

In the southern and riverside Brisbane suburbs, communities have been discussing the potential for one or
more PCYC facilities.

Telstra compensate for slow NBN... and more Zedlines

Telstra has admitted it may have breached the Australian Consumer Law by promising super fast speeds on the NBN. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The company has offered compensation to 42,000 customers who have experienced slow internet connection after false, misleading claims were made to them in advertising.

The ACCC investigated Telstra’s claims over the last two years, and now says customers were not receiving the high speeds they paid for.

Telstra will allow their customers refunds, a change of internet plans or the option to leave their contracts entirely without paying a fee.

Pisasale stole from Men’s Shed, court hears

Criminals selling fake dogs before Christmas and more Zedlines

Queensland Police are warning that scammers are using reputable trading websites, social media, and local newspapers to sell fake dogs in the lead up to Christmas.

The culprits are claiming they have recently moved interstate or overseas and are forcing buyers to pay for transport and medical expenses before the dogs can be delivered.

Police are urging Queenslanders not to trust an ad just because it appears in a legitimate newspaper or website, saying that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

LNP electricity policy raises concerns about solar power

Forecast for Great Barrier Reef suggests more bleaching will occur this summer and more Zedlines

Forecasts for this summer suggest that, while there is unlikely to be mass bleaching events like those that occurred in 2016 and 2017, there is still reason to be concerned for the Great Barrier Reef.

While forecasts are still uncertain, the Coral Watch program of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration put much of the reef on Alert Level 1 in February 2018, meaning that bleaching is likely.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a researcher from the University of Queensland, says the results are reason to worry, as heat stress may inhibit the coral’s chances of recovery.

Coral spawning events will emerge in the coming weeks, however may be inhibited by the coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which left around 50 per cent of the reef’s coral cover dead.