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Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change

Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change, QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports, Sir Douglas Nicholls to be remembered as a part of AFL’s Indigenous Round and more Zedlines

QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports

A QUT project is developing resources to make airports more accessible for people with dementia.

Dr. Maria O’Reilly is designing a user guide to Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airport Terminals as well as producing a resources kit to be used by airport staff.

Leonie Vandeven, says the new guidelines from the project will be integrated into Brisbane Airports’ current Disability Access program.

Petition calls for Indigenous police commissioner and more Zedlines

Those behind the petition are calling for greater diversity within an area that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. (Source: Flickr)

Petition calls for Indigenous police commissioner

The Queensland Government has been petitioned to appoint a second police commissioner of Indigenous heritage to help address over-representation in the justice system.

With two percent of the Queensland Police Service being of Indigenous heritage those behind the petition are calling for greater diversity within an area that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The petition is being considered by the state’s independent MPs with a response due by May 23.

Brisbane Greek community donate to Syrian refugees - and more 10am Zedlines

Brisbane Greek community donate to Syrian refugees, Australian recycles plastic for cyclone-proof housing, Azerbaijani Human Rights lawyers released from house arrest and more 10am Zedlines (Image: AAP Tracey Nearmy)

Brisbane Greek community donate to Syrian refugees

Brisbane’s Greek Orthodox Community is donating to Syrian refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. 

The community at West End are supplying basic supplies such as clothing, blankets, pillows, and canned foods.

The supplies are collected and packed into a shipping container at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George at West End. 

The donations will take 6 weeks to get from the Port of Brisbane to refugees in Greece. 

QUT to print first 3D ear for toddler

Report says Australia’s economy fairing well, and more 10am Zedlines

A key economic report has praised Australia’s performance, given the ongoing slowdown in China and the state of the global economy. (Source: Flickr)

Tributes paid to Tiga Bayles

Tributes are being paid to Brisbane-based Indigenous broadcaster Tiga Bayles, who died of cancer at the age of 62.

Mr Bayles was instrumental in setting up the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) and the National Indigenous Radio Service.

He was a leading figure in the land rights movement and helped set up Radio Redfern in Sydney in the early 80s.

3D-printed prosthetic ears being developed in Brisbane

Combating indefinite detention for the intellectually disabled

Numerous reviews and law reform agencies have recommended reforms to unfitness to plead laws. But changes have been laboured, when they’ve occurred at all.
A new research project at the University of Melbourne is investigating support systems that may help prevent disability-based disadvantage and discrimination in the criminal justice system. Dr Piers Gooding is a part of this project, and spoke about what he's doing.

MP wants to change Victorian Parliament video sharing laws - and more 11am Zedlines

The Victorian Parliament is the only state or territory in Australia where image and video sharing is banned.

MP wants to change Victorian Parliament video sharing laws

Greens MP Ellen Sandell is sick of the heckling that takes place within Victorian Parliament.

Sandell says that the prevalence of yelling and offensive sexist comments by other MPs are taking a personal toll on her, and it is time that something changes.

The Victorian Parliament is the only state or territory in Australia where image and video sharing is banned.

Japanese researchers still killing whales despite UN ruling and more 9am Zedlines

A Japanese research team have announced they killed 333 Minki Whales, most of which were pregnant females. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Memory Awards uncovering Queensland's heritage

The Queensland State Library is encouraging people to apply to its Queensland Memory Awards.

CEO and State Librarian, Sonia Cooper, says the awards help further uncover Queensland’s rich, diverse and vibrant heritage.

The awards collectively offer one hundred thousand dollars in grants.

Early Childhood Development Program axing delayed

Autism biobank opens in Brisbane and more 11am Zedlines

An Autism Biobank opening in Brisbane will be the first in Australia with hopes of a more accurate diagnosis as well as early detection for the disorder. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

More bursaries for high school and tertiary study female students:

A record number of bursaries from the National Council of Women will be made available to female students in high school and tertiary study this year. 

The bursaries each have their own criteria with some targeting women based on what they are studying, others targeting women in different geographical areas, and some provided for students challenged by mental illness, disability, or a family member with cancer. 

Australia's female workers still face "stubborn" pay gap and more 10AM Zedlines

A new study shows that while full-time female employees earn less than male counterparts, measures can be taken to narrow the gap. (Source: Flikr)

Brisbane public transport a key election issue

Public transport is becoming a key issue for the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections.

A local survey in consultation with six public transport stakeholders has shown a cross-river rail system and altered CBD bus routes could potentially ease peak-hour congestion and faltering standards.

Galactic message in a bottle - and more 10am Zedlines:

Earth will transmit a 'message in a bottle' to The North Star with answers to the question: How will our present environmental interactions shape the future? (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Queensland mining, an unsustainable option:

The Queensland Resources Council says mining companies should pay less royalties and are calling for laws to cap council rates.

The calls are coming off the back of a new industry commissioned report, which shows a third of coal mines to be running at a loss.

The report also found more than half of all the state mines that produce thermal coal are not making any profit.

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