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Bushfires sweep nation with blazes in SA, Victoria & ACT and more zedlines

High temperatures across the nation have sparked a series of bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT. (Image source: Flickr)

High temperatures across the nation have sparked a series of bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT.

Around 2,400 hectares of farmland and at least one rural property have been destroyed in Canberra’s north-east as 70 firefighters and 13 aircraft battled an 18km fire front yesterday afternoon.

In the nation’s south, fire crews were called to over 40 location across Victoria in its hottest day this year, with six cars in a shopping centre carpark being among the damage.

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.

Fifth crocodile sighting in 10 days in Fitzroy River, and more Zedlines

Why are crocs moving further south? (Image source: flickr)

There have been reports of five crocodile sightings within the last 10 days around the area of Fitzroy River, in Rockhampton.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said wildlife officers are actively monitoring the area.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

 

BOM issues flood warning for Bremar River

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued minor flood warnings for the Bremer River, especially around Rosewood Township.

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.

Expedition for Bona Vista and Jenny Lind shipwrecks begin and more Zedlines

A team of 11 scientists have departed from Bundaberg in search of a number of famous shipwrecks in the Coral Sea. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The group will travel 500km off the East Coast to Kenn’s reef in search of wreckage from ships known to have gone down in the area during the 19th century.

The main item of desire is the Bona Vista which was lost in 1828.

Wheelie bin used to trap crocodile metres from playground in North Queensland

Health Minister Sussan Ley steps down without ministerial pay and more Zedlines

This news comes after increased pressure was placed on the Health Minister to pay back taxpayers for visits Ms Ley took to the Gold Coast. (Image source: Flickr).

Health Minister Sussan Ley steps down without pay

Health Minister Sussan Ley has stepped down from her duties after increased pressure to pay back taxpayer-funded visits to the Gold Coast.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement Ms Ley has stepped aside without pay as an investigation by the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet continues.

 

St Kilda's centre for drag queens to be demolished and more Zedlines

An Iconic hotel in St Kilda has closed, after the site had been ‘earmarked’ for demolition to make way for apartments.

The 160-year-old Greyhound hotel was a centre for drag-queens and on Thursday night owners took to Facebook to break the news.

The venue was a safe haven for Melbourne’s LGBTIQ community, with many commenting on the post to say goodbye and praise the safe place that was created.

 

Minister buys apartment on tax payer funded trip

Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, claims she did not plan on buying a $795,000 apartment while on a tax-payer funded trip to Queensland.

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

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