Economic Issues

Japan deploys military for possible North Korea missile launch and more Zedlines

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible ballistic missile attack from North Korea.(image source: Flickr)

Labor's plans to boost Northern Australia tourism
The Federal Labour Party is expected to announce plans today to allocate $1 billion in public funding to boost tourism in Northern Australia, including far north Queensland.

In 2015, Joe Hockey introduced the $5 billion Northern Australia infrastructure investment fund but opposition leader Bill Shorten argues since being introduced no new projects have been announced or backed.

Covered-up report highlights danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites and more Zedlines

Sections highlighting the danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites have been removed in the latest UN climate change report under government intervention. (Source: Wikicommons)

Covered-up report highlights danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites
Sections highlighting the danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites have been removed in the latest UN climate change report under government intervention.

The Sites mentioned the in the draft version of the report are the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness, and Kakadu National Park.

The draft includes forest fire, dry condition, and rising sea levels among warnings for local authorities.

Nauru reforms criminal codes and more Zedlines

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. (Source: Wikicommons)

Nauru reforms criminal codes
Nauru has reformed its criminal codes replacing the ones based on the 1899 Criminal Code of Queensland.

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. The state has also removed death penalty and criminalised child labour.

In the past few weeks two refugees have been charged and jailed for attempting suicide and two gay refugees have been facing discrimination and violence.

Today Marks National Sorry Day and more Zedlines

Thursday, May 26 marks National Sorry Day - an event commemorating and expressing regret for the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population.[SOURCE:www.youtube.com]

Queensland Parliament Passes New Mining Laws

The Queensland State Parliament has passed laws restoring community rights to object to new mines.

Under the new laws, mining companies will be required to inform landowners and neighbours about proposed mining projects.

The laws also repeal proposed changes allowing mining leases to be granted on restricted land without consent of the owner.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the public has a right to be aware, and to have input into what happens in their community.

 

Brisbane’s first Trans Fair Day, and more Zedlines.

Brisbane’s first Trans Fair Day, Election Update: Greens pledge $15 million for accessible abortions, Baltimore officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case, and more Zedlines. (Image: Trans Fair Day Facebook page).

Brisbane’s first Trans Fair Day

Brisbane hosted its first Trans Fair Day over the weekend in New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.

The fair, hoping to become an annual event, is a community focused day that supports the mental and physical health of local Trans and Gender Diverse People of all ages.

The event went ahead on Sunday with the support of Neami National, Many Genders One Voice the Queensland AIDS Council and other local LGBTI support groups.

 

Palaszczuk government investing $25 million into Gold Coast

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate and more 9am Zedlines

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring.

Mr Palmer won the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, and earlier this month confirmed he would not seek re-election in the House of Representatives, amidst controversy over his Queensland Nickel refinery.

Austria avoids far-right President and more 8am Zedlines

Austria has elected a new president, only narrowly avoiding becoming the first European Union state to vote in a far-right leader. (image source: Wikipedia)

Another 100 QLD school zone lights announced

Another 100 Queensland school zones will receive flashing school zone lights to improve safety for students travelling to and from school.

The announcement is part of a 12 million dollar commitment from the first Palaszczuk State Budget to install an extra 300 flashing signs over three years.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey says the flashing signs have been a resounding success with more than 600 installed in school zones across Queensland since 2011.

On-Air Discussion on new Queensland LGBTI student mentoring program

By Eliot Rifkin

The new LGBTI mentoring program, the Queensland Universities Diversity Network offers free mentoring, networking opportunities, workshops and online seminars for young LGBTI professionals in many industries such as law, engineering, education and medicine.

Record breaking rain in May for far north QLD and more 8am Zedlines

May has been a record breaking month for rain in far north Queensland (Source: Wikipedia)

Divers experience rare swim with five-metre whale shark off North Stradbroke Island

Divers off North Stradbroke Island have been treated with a rare and spectacular sighting of a five metre long juvenile whale shark.

University of Queensland marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend said it was only the second confirmed sighting of a whale shark off North Stradbroke in about 10 years.

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal - and more Zedlines

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal, Struggle Street denied permit to film in Brisbane, Bombings in Baghdad leave dozens dead and more Zedlines

UN Ruling on Australia’s Asylum seeker policy

The UN has ruled that Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees on secret security grounds is arbitrary and illegal. 

The Australian government has been told by the UN human rights commision that they should offer compensation to five people who were illegally incarcerated between 2009 and 2015.

The five people were recognised as refugees, but were not granted visas as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation deemed them a security risk.

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