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Another Hit For The Homeless and more Zedlines

Melbourne city council has voted to change a by-law allowing homeless people to sleep rough in the city by banning makeshift camps. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

Melbourne city council has voted to change a by-law allowing homeless people to sleep rough in the city by banning makeshift camps.

The vote held in Melbourne's town hall on Tuesday was won five to four despite large public outcry.

The council has defended the amendment claiming their intentions are to ban camps around the city, not homelessness and will be subject to a 28 day public consultation period.

 

City Council denies cycling safely
Brisbane City Council has firmly rejected Space For Cycling in Brisbane’s latest petition

Brisbane Northside Traffic Set to Increase and more Zedlines

Traffic on the Northside of Brisbane could increase this Sunday as a $300,000 road upgrade begins on the Sunshine Coast. (Image Source: Flickr)

The project is part of the Palaszczuk government’s road maintenance program aiming to improve road safety in Queensland.

34 intersections on the coast are set to receive the upgrade, with the project focusing on increasing skid resistance on the roads.

Townsville Women and Girls to Receive Mentoring
Young women and girls in care in Townsville will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from female sporting stars as a $50,000 program is announced.

Queensland housing prices increase within school catchment zones and more Zedlines

As the 2017 school year commences Domain Group have released their annual school zones report showing 2016 had the highest price growth rates within primary and secondary government school catchment zones. (Image source: Wikipedia)

A new report into Queensland housing has found some house prices have catapulted up to 40 per cent in school catchment zones.

 

As the 2017 school year commences Domain Group have released their annual
school zones report showing 2016 had the highest price growth rates
within primary and secondary government school catchment zones.

 

PNG launches investigation into corrupt senior ministers and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has launched an investigation into the alleged corruption of two of his senior ministers, who are believed to have profited from the relocation of a naval base.

Opposition MP Ben Micah alleged the Public Enterprises Minister, William Duma and Defence Minister, Fabian Pok, purchased the land with the knowledge that it would be acquired in the multi-million dollar deal.

Former commander of the PNG Defence Force, Major General Jerry Singirok, said it is inappropriate for the Public Enterprises Minister to be involved in the naval bases’ relocation, and questioned the motives for the bases’ relocation in the first place.

 

Family of Australian missing in Guatemala plead for help after tubing accident

Trump slams Australian refugee deal and more Zedlines

A group of protestors at the University of California, Berkeley has forced a right-wing speaker to abandon his appearance on the campus. Image Source: Wiki Media

Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of the far-right Breitbart News and a Trump supporter, was scheduled to make a speech for the student union, until violent protests erupted between police and students.

In a statement, the university says the protest by 1,500 people was largely peaceful, with only 150 ‘masked agitators’ responsible for the violence.

 

Cruise passengers hit Brisbane with bout of gastro

Passengers on board a Sun Princess cruise ship have brought back more than just presents, after they fell ill with a case of gastro.

$200 million Expansion of Queensland Prison to Ease Overcrowding and more Zedlines

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $200 million expansion to the Capricornia Correctional Centre. (source: Thomas Hawk)

The expansion of the North Queensland Correctional Centre will provide an extra 164 cells at the prison, which will ease overcrowding and create 170  news jobs.

As of December 30th 2016 Capricornia Correctional Centre was at 124 per cent capacity.

New Study Shows how Plants Fight off Disease

A University of Queensland-led study shows how the plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease.

Chinese New Year Celebrations to occur in the Valley and more Zedlines

Chinese New Year celebrations are set to kick off in Brisbane tonight and continue over the weekend. (Image Source Pixabay)

Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall will play host to the ‘Year of the Rooster’ festivities, with lion dancers, cultural performances, market stalls and much more. There will also be a special parade celebrating the most important day in the Chinese calendar.

 

The event offers attendees a chance to enjoy and take part in the cultural diversity of Brisbane.

 

New Legislation to protect Taxi drivers

New legislation to protect the Taxi Industry will be introduced into Queensland Parliament by Katter’s Australian Party.

 

Talking Human Rights, Discrimination, Native Title and Juvenile Justice

Joshua Creamer is a Wannyi and Kalkadoon man, and a QLD barrister. His major areas of practice are Civil & Human Rights/Discrimination; Commercial; Family Law; Mining, Energy and Resources; and Native Title.

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole and more Zedlines

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings. (image: wikimedia commons)

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board is among several groups that have warned the federal government it’s proposed same-sex marriage bill contains a loophole that could promote discrimination.

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

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