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Australia slips to fourth on Child Prosperity Index and more Zedlines

Australia ranks fourth on the Child Prosperity Index report by the aid agency, Save the Children, slipping from last year’s previous position of third place. Image Source: Flickr

QLD Government will repeal anti-bikie legislation

The State Government is planning to repeal anti-bikie legislation laws from the Newman government era this year.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said that outlaw motorcycle crime only makes up 1 per cent of crime in Queensland. However, the Government is determined to keep cracking down on outlaw motorcycle clubs when new organised crime laws are introduced.

Police summit to discuss rise of youth gang crime and more Zedlines

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Queensland Department completing fewer child abuse cases than last year

According to data released by the Department of Child Safety, only 37 percent of investigations and assessments of child abuse notifications start in the recommended timeframe, down from 39% last year

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentimen says staff are spending more time responding to early cases, leaving longer wait times for official investigations to start.

22 refugees discovered dead crossing the Mediterranean and more Zedlines

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee discovered a rubber life boat containing the bodies of 22 refugees while patrolling the Mediterranean. Image Source: CAFOD Photo Library

22 refugees discovered dead crossing the Mediterranean

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee discovered a rubber life boat containing the bodies of 22 refugees while patrolling the Mediterranean.

MSF said the dinghy, containing 21 dead women and 1 dead man had been attempting to cross over into Europe via Italy when the rescue ship found them.

Since 2014, over ten thousand migrants have died or been lost at sea on the voyage to Europe, according to the UNHCR.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election and more Zedlines...

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public. The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public.

The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

Green Infrastructure; The way forward for a better Australia?

In a time where Australian cities are turning into concrete jungles, scientists at the University of Melbourne are looking to green infrastructure as a way to try and balance our carbon footprint and be more enviromentally sustainable. 

Victorian wind farm given the green light and more Zedlines

A 650 million-dollar wind-farm is set to be built in Victoria’s southwest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roma to house Western Queensland’s first domestic violence shelter
Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman has announced plans to provide a shelter in Roma for Victims of Domestic Violence.

The shelter is Queensland’s fourth emergency accommodation service introduced by the Palaszczuk Government and the second rural shelter after Charters Towers.

It will be the first of its kind in Western Queensland and will come as a relief to victims who were previously sent as far as Ipswich for crisis accommodation.

Union fears safety as Airservices cuts up to one in five jobs and more Zedlines

Airservices Australia will cut up to one in five jobs this Wednesday, following a fall in profitability, with its first loss of $13.5 million this year. (Image Source: Pexels)

Barrett Centre Inquiry Finalised
An inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Centre, a specialist adolescent mental health facility has found that former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg was “poorly advised”.

The inquiry, handed down by Commissioner Margaret Wilson, also found a lack of communication between parents, families and staff and insufficient record keeping.

Three former patients committed suicide after the centre was closed, and patients were moved into different care arrangements.

Marriage equality plebiscite potentially delayed and more Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned a plebiscite on marriage equality may not occur this year.

Tax-free public transport available to thousands

Thousands could have access to tax-free public transport after salary package provider RemServ won a class ruling action from the Australian Tax Office earlier this year.

Once given the go-ahead from Translink, employees from organisations signed up to RemServ will be able to salary sacrifice their work bus commute.

The Queensland Government rejects proposal for mobile cardiology clinic in regional Queensland and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government rejects proposal for mobile cardiology clinic in regional Queensland

The Queensland Government rejects proposal for mobile cardiology clinic in regional Queensland

The State Government rejected a proposal to assist a mobile cardiology clinic designed to treat hundreds of regional Queenslanders each year.

Electrical Engineer and Cardiologist, Rolfe Gomes, launched the mobile clinic, known as THE HEART BUS, and says that he provides procedures that if not treated, could prove fatal.

The heart of Australia Mobile Clinic travels more than 8000 kilometres each month and serves 12 regional communities.

Attack on Nice and more Zedlines

As many as 70 people are confirmed dead on Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, following a deliberate attack. ( Photo source: Flickr.com)

Planning code greenlights renewable energy proposals 

The Queensland Government has announced a new planning code to support the growing wind farm industry.

The code is a state wide planning process which provides a whole-of-government approach to assessing wind farm proposals, a responsibility which will now fall to the state.

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