Disability

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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Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane yesterday - and more Zedlines

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane, Safer Families program announced in ACT, West Papua mural criticized by Indonesian Government, and more Zedlines.

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane
A landmark legal case was heard in Brisbane’s court of appeal yesterday, arguing against a proposed central QLD coal mine on the grounds it will increase global warming. 

Operators of the The Alpha Coal Project, GVK Hancock, argued that there would be no decrease in global emissions if their mine didn't go ahead, as another mine elsewhere in the world would take it’s place. 

Queensland urged to address Indigenous stolen wages and more Zedlines

Indigenous people's stolen wages and savings comes to the forefront with new taskforce (Source: Flickr)

Paralympian and disability advocate Marakye Jonkers backs new National Injury Insurance Scheme

Sunshine Coast paralympian and disability advocate, Marayke Jonkers, has thrown her backing behind the new National Injury Insurance Scheme for Queenslanders.

The scheme will provide treatment, rehabilitation and care for people catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents where nobody else is at fault from July 1.

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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.

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