West Bank, Gaza Strip protests erupt into violence and more zedlines

Protests against President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel have turned violent in the Palestinian populated areas of West Bank and Gaza.

 Israeli forces have reportedly used water canons, tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire to control the protesters. 

The demonstrators, however, are mostly armed with rocks. 

At least thirty-one people have been injured by Israeli troops so far.


Annual water bills could rise by $80 for some Queensland residents

South-East Queensland annual water bills could rise by up to eighty dollars within three years following recommendations to the State Government by the Queensland Competition Authority.

Nuclear power station proposal in Ipswich and more Zedlines

The chairman of the board at SMR nuclear technology is proposing to open Australia's first Nuclear power station in Ipswich. Image Source: Creative Commons/Benita5

Chairman, Robert Pritchard, says he aims to set up meetings for interested investors and community members, and aims to have the plant open by 2030.

Federal member for the area, Shayne Neumann, remains skeptical of the idea, promoting renewable energy as an alternative.


Accessability a big issue for voters

In the wake of the Queensland election, concerns are being raised about accessibility for disabled voters.


Drug service angers residence

Residents of Perth suburb Subiaco are “concerned” and “afraid” after a local Ronald McDonald House lodging for sick kids was bought out by a drug rehabilitation service. Photo Source: Wiki Commons

The centre neighbours high schools and young families, who say they’ll have to move if they wish to protect their children.

The same drug service was forced to move from another residential area in Perth earlier this year due to resident complaints.

Fake car parts putting people at risk

Fake car parts, almost identical to genuine parts, have been found in the Australian market.

Toyota and Hyundai uncovered the fakes, costing motorists thousands of dollars in repair costs.

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Gympie Woman’s Podcast Gives Sexual Abuse Survivors A Voice and more Zedlines...

Gympie woman, Abbey Wake, is set to launch the first installment of a series of podcasts she has created, called Awaken the Voice. (Image Source: Flickr)

The podcast series is designed to help survivors of sexual abuse find a voice and gain confidence, serving as a platform for them to share stories anonymously.

Ms Wake said she hopes the podcasts will bring some amount of healing and closure to participants and listeners.

Awaken the Voice will be launched on the 4th of November, shedding light on issues such as motherhood, self harm and ways of coping with children who’ve been sexually abused.

Combining Child Care and Aged Care Benefits

Factory explosion in Jakarta and more zedlines...

Two explosions in a fireworks factory in Tangerang, 25 kilometres west of Jakarta, have killed at least 47 people and left dozens injured. Image sourced from Riteshman, Pixabay

Police determined 103 people were working in the factory during the time of the explosions, and are still attempting to locate 60 others.

"The first thing we are going to do after the area has cooled off is a humanitarian effort," Tangerang City Police chief Harry Kurniawan said.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the explosions, however police strongly suspect the cause to be an electrical fault.

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Allegations of mistreatment against Muslim inmates at Brisbane correctional centre and more Zedlines...

Muslim inmates at Brisbane’s Arthur Gorrie correctional centre have complained of being denied halal food, beaten, humiliated, and banned from prayer by prison staff.

The Islamic Council of Queensland, in a letter to Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), said that there have been incidents of non-Muslim inmates being ordered to assault Muslim prisoner, and prisoners have been threatened with gas if they continued to pray together.

The Islamic Council heard the allegations of mistreatment during visits with Muslim inmates, and made an appeal for action, which was unsuccessful as, according to a QCS spokesperson, no further evidence was provided to back up the claims.

September weather records crumbled in BOM report...and more zedlines

Image credit: Wikimedia A new report by the Bureau of Meteorology identifies how last month’s early-season bursts of heat sent temperatures of parts of eastern Australia far above average.

The Special Climate Statement examines two pulses of extreme warmth that seared large areas of inland Australia from Victoria to Queensland with temperatures a full 16 degrees above average breaking records which had only been set days before.

"Hot, dry northerly winds ahead of [a] trough and cold front contributed to New South Wales, southern Queensland, and areas in neighbouring States experiencing unprecedented hot weather for this time of the year," the bureau said in its report.

What goes into making a Guide Dog?

More than 90,000 Australians are legally blind. Many of them opt to use guide dogs as a means to get around. However guide dogs don’t just appear. It takes a whole team to get them ready to serve. Isabella Shoard from Guide Dogs Queensland explains the whole process. 

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QUT drones combatting allergies and more zedlines...

Lecturers and students from QUT are using drone technology to test pollen allergies and to monitor air pollution. Image from Pixabay

The team said if their allergy research is successful, it will allow for more accurate medications to be aimed towards the right people.

Staff and students are also working alongside the World Health Organisation to document levels of air pollution surrounding the M1 motorway.

Children winning war against cancer

New figures show survival rates among children and adolescents battling cancer have improved significantly over the past three decades.

Plea for government to fund dialysis models that could have saved Dr G Yunupingu’s life and more Zedlines...

Kidney Specialist Dr Paul Lawton says the premature death of world famous Indigenous Musician Dr G Yunupingu could have been prevented if the correct funding models for kidney dialysis services were in place.

Dr Lawton is calling for swift government action to implement dialysis services in remote communities.

Reports from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation have shown that in remote areas of Australia, the incidence of Kidney Disease is around 18 to 20 times higher for Indigenous persons, in comparison to the non-indigenous population.