Economic Issues

Sweeping changes to QLD electoral map and more Zedlines

The Redistribution Commission has proposed changes to Queensland’s electoral map for the next election, with nineteen new or renamed electorates, including four extra seats across the state to be part of the changes. Image source: wikimedia

In Brisbane, Ashgrove, Mt Coot-tha, and Indooroopilly have been reshaped into two new electorates - Cooper and Maiwar - with MPs to have to move to one of the new electorates if they are to be re-elected.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said the changes may alter the electorate Queenslanders belong to, guaranteeing the next election, due in 12 months, would be contested along the new boundaries. The draft boundaries are open for comments and objections until the end of May.


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Cars and chlamydia top koala killers and more zedlines

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

UQ’s School of Veterinary science worked with Moggill Koala Hospital to analyse over fifteen years of its data.

The research found that motor vehicle collisions accounted for over a quarter of koala deaths, closely followed by chlamydia symptoms accounting for nearly a fifth.

Protests at Westpac to stop the Adani mine

Yesterday protests took place around the country at Westpac banks to protest their involvement in the Adani mine due to environmental concerns. While some of the other banks have distanced themselves from the mine Westpac is still currently involved in investments with the mine. Brisbane Line Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Moira Williams a community campaigner from about the environmental campaign that is happening against this mine. 


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Labor rules out One Nation Minority Deal and more Zedlines

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Labour Party will not form a minority government with One Nation following the next state election. (SOURCE: Wiki Commons)

Both Ms Palaszczuk and the LNP have now ruled out a coalition government with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

The Premier is standing firm in her decision.

The next state election is set for May 2018, but many expect it to be held in the second half of this year.


Final Farewell to Brisbane Female Rock Icon
Hundreds gather to say a final goodbye to Ruby Tuesday singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd.

Former Newman government 'killed off' profitable climate change company and more Zedlines

Files prepared for the 2012 state Budget Review Committee show climate change company was slated for sell-off despite notes showing it was "profitable" and "cash-flow positive". PHOTO: WikiCommons/NavsourceOnline

Queensland’s former Newman Government sold off a profitable, state-owned business which tackled climate change, according to a news outlet.

Ecofund Queensland was a carbon-offsetting company, which cabinet documents, obtained by the ABC, show was a profitable business whose revenue was set to double.

The Newman government sold the company for $250 thousand dollars despite being told it would make a profit of $40 million dollars over the next two years.


Fires continue in Christchurch and more zedlines

A state of emergency continues in Christchurch, New Zealand, as more than 200 firefighters battle a raging bushfire heading into its fourth day. Image source: Wikimedia

At least 1,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, while more than 11 houses having been destroyed by the blaze, which covers more than 1,800 hectares.

Emergency workers said a change in wind direction is predicted for later in the week, hopefully lowering temperatures and humidity to slow the fire’s progress.


Full-time employment plunges

Full-time employment has plummeted to its weakest point in 16 months, despite a small decrease in the rate of unemployment.

UK sees rise in hate crimes following Brexit vote and more Zedlines

Figures collected by a British news agency have found an increase in hate crimes since the vote for Brexit back in June last year.

The number of hate crimes has risen from ten thousand, 10,793 during the July to September quarter in 2015, to 14,295 in the same quarter last year.

The report from by the Press Association said 33 out of UK’s 44 police forces had witnessed record numbers of such crimes.


Vigil for Dead Asylum Seeker in Planning

A vigil is being planned to mark the coronial inquest into Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death.

State Oppositions hold renewable energy target practice amid push for clean coal

Image: Blackwater BMA mine (Matt Dennien)

Liberal State Oppositions in Victoria, SA and QLD have this week claimed they will scrap state-based renewable energy targets, allowing the Federal Government to call the shots should they win office.

Dementia costs expected to rise to one trillion a year and more zedlines

A report launched today at the Parliament House in Canberra predicts dementia will cost the Australian economy one trillion dollars per year by 2056.

The annual cost currently sits at approximately 15 billion dollars and has more than doubled in the past five years.

The  latest Economic Cost of Dementia report estimates the rate of dementia diagnosis will increase to 237 people per day, with 6.4 million Australians to be diagnosed within the next 40 years.

Storms end Queensland heatwave and more Zedlines

Monday marked the end of South East Queensland’s heatwave with storms bringing rain, lightning and strong winds. (Image credit: Wikimedia)

Monday marked the end of South East Queensland’s heatwave with storms bringing rain, lightning and strong winds.

More than 50 millimetres of rain fell in some areas while wind gusts approached 100km/h, damaging roofs and trees and leaving almost 20,000 homes without power.

The State Emergency Service attended 45 south-east Queensland calls for help, the majority in Ipswich where hundreds of homes were still without power on Tuesday morning.


Reform ahead for Queensland trading hours