MP Ken Wyatt promoted to Minister for aged care and Indigenous health and more Zedlines

West Australian Indigenous MP Ken Wyatt will become the first Indigenous Minister to be promoted to cabinet, serving as the new Minister for aged care and Indigenous health. (Image source: Ken Wayatt and Julie Bishop -

Malcolm Turnbull announced in a speech yesterday - Mr. Wyatt is an ideal choice for the ministry, given his extensive knowledge and experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health, coupled with his work as an assistant minister in his portfolio.

Mr Wyatt addressed social media yesterday that he was deeply honored to have been promoted to the ministry.


Greg Hunt named new Health Minister and more Zedlines

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Greg Hunt named new Health Minister

Greg Hunt has been announced as Australia’s new Health Minister, replacing Sussan Ley.

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised Mr Hunt’s political, analytical and communication skills.

Mr Hunt will also take on the role of Sports Minister, another position previously held by Ms Ley in addition to his current portfolio in Industry, Innovation and Science.


Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.


New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

STI rates burning as cases spike, and more Zedlines...

Queensland STI cases spike, according to Queensland Health. (Image Source: JISC)

STIs on the rise

The amount of Queenslanders with sexually transmitted diseases is significantly higher according to Queensland Health, with cases of gonorrhoea increasing by 32% in 2016.

Figures show STIs have increased by 10% in the last year.

Dr Wendell Rosevear, who runs a Brisbane-based medical centre that specialises in sexual health, said a change in dating culture may be behind the spike in cases.

Dr Rosevear said the new ways people connect over the internet for ‘instant sex’ allows people to have multiple partners in a day.


Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

New asbestos data for Queensland state schools and more Zedlines...

The asbestos register for Queensland schools has been updated, revealing over 30,000 instances of ‘confirmed’ asbestos.

Asbestos materials such as ceilings, wall sheeting, or guttering do not pose a threat unless disturbed and are rated in the register from "negligible hazard" to "needs attention."

Parents can learn whether asbestos is present in their child’s school, by visiting the registry online on the Education Queensland website.

Sick and aged care residents support euthanasia legalisation

The Victorian health system could be the first in Australia to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients, with a bill to pass through parliament later this year.

Tigerair flights to Bali cancelled today and more Zedlines...

Tigerair flights in and out of Bali have been cancelled today as the airline’s dispute with the Indonesian government continues.

The Indonesian government accuses Tigerair of not following the conditions of its license which revolves around ticketing arrangements.

Tigerair says in a statement they are working with the Indonesian government and are moving towards meeting those requirements.

Furthering agriculture education for Brisbane students

120 agriculture teachers from regional areas have attended a conference in Brisbane to learn the latest in agriculture and take the new information back to their students.

Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

Sussan Ley is refusing to explain travel records and more Zedlines

Health Minister Sussan Ley is refusing to explain why she spent $13 000 taxpayer dollars to pilot private charter planes when she could have used commercial airlines. (image source: wikimedia)

Travel records revealed yesterday that Ms Ley was conducting ministerial business when she chartered plans for childcare policy meetings in 2014, and talks with GPs in 2015.

Ministerial guidelines say charters may only be piloted under special circumstances such as an absence of commercial services or significant delays.
Ms Ley is yet to announce whether her travel arrangements meet these criteria.
Queensland set for week of extremes