Economic Issues

Doctors request the government to end Medicare freeze and more Zedlines

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have asked the government to end the freeze on Medicare. Image source: commons.wikimedia

Doctors request government to end government freeze

A request has been submitted by doctors to the government to partially lift the Medicare freeze, alleging bulk-billing rates have fallen since July.

The bulk-billing rates are said to have fallen 10% as a result of the freeze, with doctors asking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to form a compromise.

The doctors hope the government will lift the freeze for GP consultations, claiming it will cost the budget around $150 million per year.

 

Employment rates for graduates declining and more Zedlines

A new study has revealed that Australian graduates are finding it harder to gain full time employment after completing their studies. Image credit: Flickr

Tough luck for Graduates 

A new study has found job prospects for university graduates are declining.

The study conducted by the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University revealed full time employment rates between 2008 and 2014 dropped from 89% to 67%.

Adjunct Professor Tom Karmel says as more students graduate, they will struggle to find full time employment, as the labour market has not yet adjusted.

 

Chief auditor sacked over fraud occured on watch

Pangolin trade banned by United Nations and more Zedlines

(Image source: flickr.com, Ruslan Rugoals)

The United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has voted to ban the trade of Pangolins, a small scaled mammal found in Asia and Africa.

The animal, which has eight subspecies, has the misfortune of being the world’s most poached creature due to its popularity in Asia, where its meat is a popular delicacy and its scales are an ingredient in traditional medicine.  

The Convention also voted to extend the ban to the barbary macaques, the only primate living north of the Sahara.

 

Baroque Festival under fire and more Zedlines

The Queensland government continues to evade questions surrounding controversy at the Brisbane Baroque festival. The festival has been partially funded by taxpayer money and has been accused of neglecting the wages of up to 40 performers, suppliers and organisations. (Image Source: Choosebrisbane)

Baroque Festival under fire

The Queensland government continues to evade questions surrounding controversy at the Brisbane Baroque festival.

The festival has been partially funded by taxpayer money and has been accused of neglecting the wages of up to 40 performers, suppliers and organisations.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls says it’s time the government fully discloses the details of the Baroque situation and whether or not the event will continue in 2017.

Segregation in prisons to be less tight

Indigenous rangers to pass down knowledge to combat bushfires and more Zedlines

Indigenous rangers in North Stradbroke Island are passing down their traditional knowledge down to the Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service in an effort to better manage bushfires. Image source: wikimedia

Indigenous rangers to pass down traditional knowledge

North Stradbroke Island Indigenous rangers will pass down traditional knowledge on the management of bushfires to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The skills of the Quandamooka rangers are set to be utilised in a partnership with Redland City Council.

Joint management coordinator of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Darren Burns, spoke to the ABC, saying fires in North Stradbroke are a severe problem.

Victorian community groups reach out to dairy farmers and more Zedlines

Battling Victorian dairy farmers are being given a helping hand as community groups deliver hampers and offer emotional support to farmers across the state.

Victorian community groups reach out to dairy farmers

Battling Victorian dairy farmers are being given a helping hand as community groups deliver hampers and offer emotional support to farmers across the state.

Many farmers are now in significant debt following Murray Goulburn’s and Fonterra’s decision to slash prices to below production costs, with some being forced to sell their farms.

Barnaby Joyce says Great Barrier Reef accidents are inevitable and more Zedlines

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, says that new restrictions on cargo ships travelling through the Great Barrier Reef would ruin the economy. Joyce also believes that any new restrictions will ignore the fact that incidents happen, and says that the bid for new checks is not needed. (Image: flickr)

Barnaby Joyce says Great Barrier Reef accidents are inevitable

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, says that new restrictions on cargo ships travelling through the Great Barrier Reef would ruin the economy.

Joyce also believes that any new restrictions will ignore the fact that incidents happen, and says that the bid for new checks is not needed.

The push for new checks comes after the Shen Neng 1 ran aground in 2010, causing a $39.3 million dollar settlement to account for damage caused.
Logan says ‘no’ to 2028 Olympic Games

Australia to take in refugees from Central America and more Zedlines

Australia’s pledged refugee intake has climbed to almost 19,000 per year and is now set to include people from several Central American countries. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, promises $130 million will go to providing aid to displaced people across the world, as well as more resources for migration agencies. (Image Source: commons.wikimedia)

Australia to take in refugees from Central America

Australia’s pledged refugee intake has climbed to almost 19,000 per year and is now set to include people from several Central American countries.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, promises $130 million will go to providing aid to displaced people across the world, as well as more resources for migration agencies.

Mr Turnbull used his time at the New York summit to stress the importance of border control in maintaining a healthy migration program.

Queensland state split proposal silenced and other Zedlines

A proposal to split Queensland into north and south has been denied, with MP Rob Katter stating the split would have allowed the north better access to revenue created by mining and tourism. Image credit: Wikipedia.

State split proposal thrown out of Parliament

A bill to split the state into north and south introduced to Queensland Parliament by the Katter MPs has been emphatically slapped down.

Mount Isa MP Rob Katter says splitting the state along a new border near Rockhampton would boost economic opportunities for the north, but Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the economics don’t stack up.

The bill was crushed 82-3, with only Independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne supporting the Katter Party’s proposal.

Casual and gay intercourse faces criminalisation in Indonesia and more zedlines

Indonesian conservative groups are calling on the Constitutional Court to make casual and gay intercourse illegal. The Family Love Alliance says they are making this case for nationalism not sex as they believe the current laws are not aligned with Indonesian values. (source: wikipedia)

Casual and Gay Intercourse faces criminalisation in Indonesia

Indonesian conservative groups are calling on the Constitutional Court to make casual and gay intercourse illegal.

The Family Love Alliance says they are making this case for nationalism not sex as they believe the current laws are not aligned with Indonesian values.

Those most likely to be affected by the changes are the Indonesian LGBTQI community, who already face heavy backlash from the conservative country.

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