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'Discriminatory' pay conditions for the disabled continue, and more Zedlines...

Disabled employees facing 'discriminatory' pay conditions despite High Court ruling. (Image Source: Public Domain Pictures)

Disabled employees are still working for less than $3 an hour, despite a High Court ruling four years ago describing it as discriminatory.

Recent high school graduate Ryan Green was offered $2.79 per hour by Australian Disability Enterprise workshops, a mostly not-for-profit organization aimed at providing work for those with disabilities.

Mr Green said the low wage did not feel right, as he is unable to support his family.

Santa ditches sleigh for parachute and more Zedlines

A parachuting Santa Claus has dropped in on the Italian town of Amatrice, an area strongly affected by a powerful earthquake in August. (Image source: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson)

A group of eight skydivers, with one dressed as Santa, landed in a nearby village and handed out presents to local children as well as donating over $4000 to aid reconstruction of local schools and nurseries.

Skydiver Enrico Marcucci says it was a beautiful thing to bring joy to children who now live in tents and temporary housing following the earthquake which killed 300 people in August.

 

Construction Commences on Townsville Disability Housing

Art Space Emerging in West End and more Zedlines

Jonathan Sri has announced a new contemporary art space in West End for the Brisbane community to collaborate and display artworks. The project, House Conspiracy, will be offering three-week residencies to 68 Brisbane based emerging artists in the first year of operation. (Image: Facebook)

Art Space Emerging in West End

Jonathan Sri has announced a new contemporary art space in West End for the Brisbane community to collaborate and display artworks.

The project, House Conspiracy, will be offering three-week residencies to 68 Brisbane based emerging artists in the first year of operation.

Artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their work in the event space with 24/hour access to studios with a no-cost scheme set to take place early February next year.

Tyre Recycler Ordered to Clean Up Act

Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club receives Dignity First Fund and more Zedlines

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced this morning that Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club will receive $259,000 from the Dignity First Fund. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club receives Dignity First Fund

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced this morning that Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club will receive $259,000 from the Dignity First Fund.

The Fund is a $2.5 million grant for organisations that demonstrate innovate responses to help people experiencing homelessness live with dignity.

A further 23 organisations will also receive funding, with further announcements to come.

 

Queensland Police in hot water over “illegal” speed camera

38,000 Queenslanders set to miss urgent dental treatment and more Zedlines...

The Turnbull Government’s failure to deliver a new national dental scheme will place up to 38,000 Queenslanders at risk of missing vital dental treatment. (Image: Pixabay)

38,000 Queenslanders set to miss urgent dental treatment

The Turnbull Government’s failure to deliver a new national dental scheme will place up to 38,000 Queenslanders at risk of missing vital dental treatment.

State Health Minister Cameron Dick says the final opportunity to legislate a new scheme before December 31 has passed with the Commonwealth giving no indication as to whether current arrangements will roll over.

Severe lightning wakes up South East Queensland and more zedlines

A severe lightning storm has again woken South-east Queensland residents early this morning.

A severe lightning storm has again woken South East Queensland residents early this morning.

Brisbane, Ipswich and the Sunshine coast were hit at around 3am with storm chasers describing the turbulent weather as a lightning bombardment. 

The Bureau of Meteorology did not issue a warning. 

Tourist struck by lightning on Mt Warning identified

A tourist found dead in his Mt Warning tent after being struck by lighting has been identified as American backpacker Sam Beattie. 

Federal government encourages Adani to seek loan from private sector and more Zedlines

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The federal government says Indian energy giant Adani will only be granted a concessional loan from the Australian government if it can't raise the money for a railway line linked to its Carmichael coal mine privately.

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. 

The Queensland government vowed not to use state funds but is supportive of the loan being granted because of the jobs and royalties that will result.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment and more Zedlines

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment  

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Dr Michele Teng led the group of researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where mice with breast cancer were trialled immunotherapy drugs before surgery. Survival rates are usually very low, but about half of the mice treated in this order were cured.

Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

PM given green light to celebrate Mardi Gras and more Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won’t be banned from Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations, after the committee board ruled against banning the PM from the celebrations. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Members of the committee had called for the Prime Minister to be banned after is inaction for the equality of the LGBTIQ community.

A statement released by the Mardi Gras committee said as a cornerstone cultural event in Sydney, Mardi Gras values the healthy dialogue we create with a broad spectrum of political parties.

 

Queenslanders brace themselves for soaring temperatures

Experts warn Queenslanders not to underestimate the heatwave threat, as temperatures continue to soar above December averages.

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