Australian Lawyers for Human Rights push for Royal Commission into abuse of people with disabilities.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have pushed for a Royal Commission to take place into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disabilities. After a Four Corners episode highlighted abuse and neglect towards people with disabilities in group homes the group publicly announced their push for a Royal Commission. A Senate Enquiry in 2015 delivered the recommendation that a Royal Commission is needed into the abuse of people with disabilities.

Bulgaria’s ex Prime Minister returns to power and more Zedlines

Bulgaria’s ex Prime Minister returns to power in the country with parliamentary election.

Boyjo Borisov’s centre-right party GERB is all set to bring him into power again as suggested by Sunday’s exit polls.

Opposition leader Kornelia Ninova acknowledges the defeat and says her socialist party will consider options of forming the government if the GERB party fails to do so.


Water our options

The World Science Festival sees almost sixteen hundred school students develop water solutions.

Trump takes aim at kitten website, and more Zedlines

The internet is expectantly full of cute animals and funny memes, but now US President Donald Trump has allegedly taken aim at a kitten website, designed by a 17-year-old girl from San Francisco. Image Source: Pixabay

Lucy created the website as a laugh while applying for developer jobs, the only thing the website offered was a chance to virtually scratch photos of Trump’s head using the paws of a kitten.

Originally called Trumpscratch, and then Kittenfeed, Lucy claims she received two threatening cease and desist letters from The Trump Organization - while Lucy complied with the letters, she said a president should not have the time or care to hire people to shut down harmless sites like hers.

Disability care still in a puddle after a year and more Zedlines

Poor disability care services leads the state government to be called on by agencies. Image Source: Pexels

A year since the warning of ‘‘catastrophic outcomes’’ from substandard disability care report by Queensland’s Office of the Public Advocate has urged the Palaszczuk government to take tough initiatives as nothing has changed.

Under-reporting of mostly preventable deaths in the disability health care services has provoked the organisations to appeal the state government to implement strategies to fix the services federally as well as the private sector.


Riding the waves with lemongrass surfboards

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.