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Disability care still in a puddle after a year and more Zedlines

Poor disability care services leads the state government to be called on by agencies. Image Source: Pexels

A year since the warning of ‘‘catastrophic outcomes’’ from substandard disability care report by Queensland’s Office of the Public Advocate has urged the Palaszczuk government to take tough initiatives as nothing has changed.

Under-reporting of mostly preventable deaths in the disability health care services has provoked the organisations to appeal the state government to implement strategies to fix the services federally as well as the private sector.


Riding the waves with lemongrass surfboards

Meeting on Redfern redevelopment plan shut down by protesters and more Zedlines

A meeting to discuss the latest redevelopment plans for the Block in Redfern has been shut down amid protests for the project, with reports one protester was assaulted. Image source: Flickr

The planned development, to build a 16-storey building to accommodate up to 500 students, has been met with unhappiness from much of the Aboriginal community, despite Chair of the Aboriginal Housing Company Alisi Tutuila stating that the plans provide an opportunity to build 62 affordable homes for Aboriginal people.

Ms Tutuila said it was disappointing that the meeting, which was due to go for 90 minutes, had to be shut down following continued protests by the audience.

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.

Queensland Lockout Laws Scrapped and more Zedlines

In local News The proposed 1am Queensland lock out laws have been scrapped and will be replaced by mandatory ID scanners in the Valley precinct. (source: wikimedia)

A 1am lockout law was set to be introduced in February for venues trading until 3 am, but Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement late yesterday afternoon after a report into the first six months of the Government’s laws to curb alcohol fuelled violence was discussed by cabinet.

The mandatory ID scanners are set to be installed by mid-2017.

Report Shows 9000 Unsafe at Home
The Queensland Government’s Child and Family Performance Statistics report has found over 9000 children are not safe in their own home.

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.

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.

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.

Train derails at Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal injuring over a hundred people and more Zedlines....

A commuter train accident is now under investigation after the train derailed Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, New York injuring over a hundred passengers. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

A train has derailed in Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal,  during rush hour on Wednesday morning, American time.

The packed rush hour train hit a bumping block as it pulled into Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal,
Derailing from the tracks and hitting a small workplace structure.

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 


Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.