Economic Issues

Democrats stage gun law protest in Washington, and other Zedlines

A group of members of the Democratic Party is protesting for tougher gun control laws after the Orlando mass shooting. (Image Source: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)

Queensland government purchases cattle station

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials have commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed. 

 

Convictions in Indigenous killing

Two men have been charged over the death of an indigenous woman that went unresolved for over 5 years (source: wikimedia)

Government buys farm to protect the reef

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed.

 

New study reveals effect of Australian gun laws

A new study finally shows the overall effects of Australian gun laws on preventing mass shootings and reducing homicide (source: wikimedia).

Concerns over Fraser Island dingo baiting

Six dingoes were found dead on Fraser Island, raising concerns that they were purposely baited and killed.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said the dingoes will be investigated for cause of death.

President of the Save the Fraser Island Dingo group Malcolm Kilpatrick said he has been worried about baiting for a long time, but the evidence has never been this bad.

 

Queensland Native Title claim successful

Reef bleaching costs tourism billions

A study released today revealed that tourists are becoming less and less likely to visit Australia, due to coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. Rod Campbell was the report author and director of research at the Australian Institute, and helped unpack his findings.

New changes to youth justice laws and more Zedlines

Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government. (Image Source: Flickr)

New changes to youth justice laws
Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government.

The laws were modified to prevent young offenders from being named and shamed in courts, make prison a last resort in sentencing, and keep 17-year-olds out of adult prisons until they turn 18.

Advocacy group Youth Affairs Network argues the changes are welcome but do not address the root of the problem.

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases and more Zedlines

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases. (Source: Wikipedia)

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases.

The protest follows the recent arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman, with plans to close Futenma being made in 1996 after three US military personnel raped a 12 year old Japanese schoolgirl.

The plan has been on hold as residents near the proposed relocation site opposed the move, worrying about noise, pollution and crime.

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure and more Zedlines

Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia. (Source: Flickr)

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure
Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia.

Their research shows different states have varying exposure limits and monitoring methods.

The experts are calling for a national monitoring standard in line with international standards.

In Queensland there are eight confirmed cases of black lung disease with two more cases pending verification.

When is a trigger for an election not really a trigger

When Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull announced the 2016 Double Dissolution federal election he said: "The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform. The time for playing games is over."

Super corals may limit reef bleaching - and more Zedlines

With two-thirds of the 500,000 square kilometres of reefs remaining lost or in poor shape, Australian scientists aim to counteract some of the effects of coral bleaching. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Liberal party defends Parakeelia

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition said tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a Liberal Party owned company which has transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three years.

Liberal politicians have defended the company as lawful and professionally run, saying they will assist with any relevant inquiries.

 

Queensland Government to financially support kindergardens

Queensland fast tracks digital technology education - and more Zedlines

Griffith University Dean of Education Professor Donna Pendergast said the change would prepare students for a rapidly changing digital world. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Queensland fast tracks digital technology education 

Digital technology teaching is being fast-tracked in Queensland schools, with prep students to be taught computer coding from 2017.

Griffith University Dean of Education Professor Donna Pendergast said the change would prepare students for a rapidly changing digital world.

The program will adopt lessons similar to those currently used in the UK.

 

Queensland budget: $23 million increase in environment spending

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