Australia says YES to same-sex marriage

61.6 % per cent of participants in the same-sex marriage postal vote have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry (image:wiki).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the results at 9am local time with the final count being 7.8 million supporting the move and 4.9 million against the move.

Statistician David Kalisch says it shows how important this issue is to many Australians.

18 and 19 year old voters had the strongest participation with around 78 per cent participation in the postal survey.

Brisbane brain researcher awarded Strömgren Medal

Drug service angers residence

Residents of Perth suburb Subiaco are “concerned” and “afraid” after a local Ronald McDonald House lodging for sick kids was bought out by a drug rehabilitation service. Photo Source: Wiki Commons

The centre neighbours high schools and young families, who say they’ll have to move if they wish to protect their children.

The same drug service was forced to move from another residential area in Perth earlier this year due to resident complaints.

Fake car parts putting people at risk

Fake car parts, almost identical to genuine parts, have been found in the Australian market.

Toyota and Hyundai uncovered the fakes, costing motorists thousands of dollars in repair costs.

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Australia heavily responsible for biodiversity loss and more Zedlines.

A study published today reveals Australia is among the top seven nations responsible for more than fifty percent of global biodiversity loss. (Imagery sourced Wikipedia)

Scientific findings are based on the worsening in conservation status of species between 1996 and 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list.

Of the 109 countries studied, Australia is ranked as the second worst offender with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the United States (primarily Hawaii) also ranking.

Tweed Heads Host Social Inclusive Walk.

This Saturday Tweed Heads will be hosting an inaugural diversity walk to celebrate social inclusivity in the community.

Brazilian design meets Aboriginal Art and more zedlines...

Designers from Brazil are collaborating with Aboriginal artists for the National Gallery of Victoria’s first international Triennial.

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, the gigantic soft sculpture is beginning to take shape, with the piece welcoming visitors to the Gallery's first international Triennial of contemporary art and design, opening in December this year.

The sculpture is to be shipped to Melbourne in the coming weeks, where visitors will be presented with a seven-metre-dome structure that is made with steel and embroidered panels.

Queensland introduces GPS trackers for commercial fishermen and more zedlines...

Queensland commercial fishermen will be affected by some major changes, with GPS trackers aiming to be fitted in all boats. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

As part of the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy, all boats including small tender boats, used to drag out nets will require tracking devices to help collect data in assessing the sustainability of fish stocks.

With most commercial fishermen recording their catch data on hard-copy log books, the vessel monitoring system (VMS) helps make data collection more efficient.

Queenslanders to benefit HIV Drug Trial and more zedlines...

An extra 1000 Queenslanders will be given access to a potentially life-saving HIV medication trial. (Image Source: Flickr)

Announcing the increase today, Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the extra places would mean 3000 Queenslanders could now have access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a drug which dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission in HIV negative people.

The announcement came after 80 clinicians and community leaders gathered in Cairns earlier this week to share insights on ways to improve sexual health within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Gay sauna raided in Indonesia and more zedlines...

A gay sauna in Indonesia has been raided, and 58 have been arrested, in what some say is another sign of the country’s anti-LGBT backlash.

Police raided the sauna late on Friday, after allegations from the public that it was being used for prostitution, and Indonesian police spokesperson Argo Yuwono says seven people will be charged under the country’s pornography laws.

Senior Indonesian researcher at Human Rights Watch, Andreas Harsono, says the raid is part of an anti-LGBT campaign in Indonesia.

Homosexuality is not illegal in the country, but the small LGBT community faces growing hostility from police and the community.


Galillee Blockade targeting Downer organisation

Farmers face problems with Kangaroo management and more zedlines...

With an increase in the amount of kangaroos in Australia, farmers are planning to triple the numbers they can shoot, to keep record levels down. Image sourced by Flickr

Farmers have complained about the concerns caused by kangaroos, such as them consuming pastures that are desperately needed for livestock. 

Wildlife health and conservation expert Catherine Herbert said more evidence is needed to support the claim that kangaroos have an impact on agriculture and environment. 

Farmers and professional hunters are required to apply for permits for approval to shoot kangaroos. 

Parents urged to be vigilant around swimming pools

Electoral Roll Discrepancy Causes Issues for Some Wishing to Vote In SSM Survey and more Zedlines...

An electoral roll discrepancy has barred two 18 year old twins from voting in the same-sex marriage survey. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The Labor party and the LGBTI rights group, Just Equal, have raised concerns that Australians will miss out on a vote due to discrepancies between the state and federal roll.

An Australian Electoral Commission spokesman says they will not comment on individual cases but “ It is the responsibility of every eligible elector to ensure that they are enrolled for electoral events.”

University Responds to Confederate Signs Posted on Campus

High Protein Hemp Finds Favour with Sunshine Coast Chickens and more Zedlines...

A plumber and equine scientist are combining forces to create a new chicken food made entirely out of cannabis. (Image Source: Flickr)

Joel McCarthy and fiancé Ely Meggitt started experimenting with hemp 6 months ago after being informed by a friend of its health properties.

The couple have rented a factory at Coolum Beach, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, to use for packing of the hemp product.

Next stage of Howard Smith Wharves Development Begins

The transformation of a 1930s heritage-listed shed into a river-edge restaurant has started.