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.

Potent Turtle Blood and more Zedlines

A link has been identified between cobalt exports and the deteriorating health of Southern Queensland turtles. (image source: Flikr)

Researchers from the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Services examined the health of green sea turtles in Cleveland and Upstart Bay, and measured cobalt blood levels were 4 to 25 times higher than turtles located away from urban areas.

Studies show 44 percent of tested Upstart Bay turtles harbour signs of a systematic stressor and an active inflammatory response.

Toowoomba's Water Quality not Rising to Expectations

PNG launches investigation into corrupt senior ministers and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has launched an investigation into the alleged corruption of two of his senior ministers, who are believed to have profited from the relocation of a naval base.

Opposition MP Ben Micah alleged the Public Enterprises Minister, William Duma and Defence Minister, Fabian Pok, purchased the land with the knowledge that it would be acquired in the multi-million dollar deal.

Former commander of the PNG Defence Force, Major General Jerry Singirok, said it is inappropriate for the Public Enterprises Minister to be involved in the naval bases’ relocation, and questioned the motives for the bases’ relocation in the first place.


Family of Australian missing in Guatemala plead for help after tubing accident

Smoking ban begins across Queensland national parks and more Zedlines

New restrictions prohibiting smokers from lighting up in certain areas of Queensland National Parks have come into effect today. (Image Source: Pixabay)

New restrictions prohibiting smokers from lighting up in certain areas of Queensland National Parks have come into effect today.

Smoking within ten metres of visitor facilities such as picnic tables, information shelters and campsites is now illegal in 272 parks across Queensland with fines of up to $240.

National Parks Minister Steven Miles says the restrictions aim to protect the health and wellbeing of park visitors.


University of Queensland leases Custom Credit House for campus space

MP Ken Wyatt promoted to Minister for aged care and Indigenous health and more Zedlines

West Australian Indigenous MP Ken Wyatt will become the first Indigenous Minister to be promoted to cabinet, serving as the new Minister for aged care and Indigenous health. (Image source: Ken Wayatt and Julie Bishop - Wikipedia.com)

Malcolm Turnbull announced in a speech yesterday - Mr. Wyatt is an ideal choice for the ministry, given his extensive knowledge and experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health, coupled with his work as an assistant minister in his portfolio.

Mr Wyatt addressed social media yesterday that he was deeply honored to have been promoted to the ministry.


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.

Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

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.

'Discriminatory' pay conditions for the disabled continue, and more Zedlines...

Disabled employees facing 'discriminatory' pay conditions despite High Court ruling. (Image Source: Public Domain Pictures)

Disabled employees are still working for less than $3 an hour, despite a High Court ruling four years ago describing it as discriminatory.

Recent high school graduate Ryan Green was offered $2.79 per hour by Australian Disability Enterprise workshops, a mostly not-for-profit organization aimed at providing work for those with disabilities.

Mr Green said the low wage did not feel right, as he is unable to support his family.