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Closure of Manus Island detention centre and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches. Image: Wikimedia

Closure of Manus Island detention centre
Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches.

Manus Island, which currently houses 854 asylum seekers, came under renewed fire after two thousand files were leaked detailing reports of physical and sexual assault at the site.

Queensland second worst in Australia for heart problems and more Zedlines...

Queenslanders will need to start watching their waistlines as new data shows Queensland has the second highest rates of heart disease related hospitalizations in the country.

Queensland second worst in Australia for heart problems

Queenslanders will need to start watching their waistlines as new data shows Queensland has the second highest rates of heart disease related hospitalizations in the country.

These diseases stem from things such as smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Ipswich and Logan city were ranked 4th and 5th worst in the country respectively.

Outback Queensland ranked poorly in the data with almost 100 out of every 10 thousand people being hospitalised with heart conditions

Black Lung cases rise in Queensland and more Zedlines

Three new cases of the disease were confirmed in Queensland. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Black Lung cases rise in QLD 

The total number of cases of Black Lung disease in Queensland have risen to fourteen.

Three new cases of the disease were confirmed in Queensland recently. The new cases were identified after the death of a retired miner back in July.

Calls for aged care reform and more Zedlines

There are calls for security cameras to be installed in rooms of aged care residents after disturbing footage revealed elder abuse by a staff member in an aged care facility. 

Toxic ash discovery 
Over 1,000 tonnes of toxic ash and coal waste is being stored on South-East Queensland properties illegally, according to a report by the ABC. 

The contractor implicated has rights to resell the coal waste, but it is instead being stockpiled on properties in Gympie and Pinkenba. 

The coal waste, from Government owned coal mines can be potentially harmful to humans if it is inhaled. 

LNP Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the discovery is “disturbing”. 

Measures to prevent health professional abuse and more Zedlines

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Measures to prevent health professional abuse

Queensland Health has announced a trial of new measures to help prevent violence against health professionals.

To improve the worker’s safety, repeat violent offenders could be banned from hospital visits and health workers could be fitted with body cameras and duress alarms.

Wedge-tail eagle tries to carry boy away and more Zedlines

A young boy attending a wildlife show in Alice Springs copped a gash to the face while narrowly escaping the clutches of a wedgetail eagle. One onlooker told the BBC the eagle targeted the boy from at least 15 metres away, swooped in, and attempted to take him away in its talons.

Wedge-tail eagle tries to carry boy away

A young boy attending a wildlife show in Alice Springs copped a gash to the face while narrowly escaping the clutches of a wedgetail eagle.

One onlooker told the BBC the eagle targeted the boy from at least 15 metres away, swooped in, and attempted to take him away in its talons.

After releasing the boy’s head, the giant bird of prey went to latch onto the boy’s hoodie, at which point park staff intervened.

The eagle has been removed from the show while investigations are ongoing.

Update: UN says China has no legal basis to claim rights in the South China Sea

The United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration rules that China has no historic title over the South China Sea with Beijing vying to ignore the decision. The arbitration court found that China breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by interfering with their fishing activities and exploring for oil and gas near the Reed Bank.

Update: UN says China has no legal basis to claim rights in the South China Sea

The United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration rules that China has no historic title over the South China Sea with Beijing vying to ignore the decision.

The arbitration court found that China breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by interfering with their fishing activities and exploring for oil and gas near the Reed Bank.

NDIS roll out coming soon

A number of free videos and articles are being made available to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The national rollout of the NDIS will take place in stages from July and will eventually grow to support hundreds of thousands of Australian children.

Julie Green from the Raising Children Network says their website has a range of free resources so parents can find out what the Scheme will mean for them.

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QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul and more Zedlines

The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul
The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement.

QCOSS CEO Mark Henley says better targeting concession fares will remove cost barriers for people who need transport to look for work, and can help ensure equality for those on low incomes.

The public transport revamp could see over 90 per cent of commuters better off, with concession fares being extended to asylum seekers and those on the newstart allowance.

"Me Before You" not winning over all critics.

New film Me Before You looks set to be a box office hit but it has caused controversy for its portrayal of a quadriplegic man who would prefer to die than live with a disability. 

The film and the Jojo Moyes novel it is based on have been criticised by disability advocates. Moyes, it turns out, has never actually met a quadriplegic.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to quadriplegic Dr Shane Clifton about his thoughts on Me Before You and the representation of disability in hollywood.

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