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Queensland orders foster care, blue card review and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government has ordered a review into foster care and the issuing of blue cards in the wake of the death of Tiahleigh Palmer whose foster father has been charged with her murder and interfering with her corpse. image source: flickr

Backpackers underpaid for labour on Queensland farm

Over 90 Korean backpackers have reportedly been underpaid several thousand dollars on a South-East Queensland farm.

An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found labour contractor Boonah Packing Pty Ltd guilty of underpaying nearly 100 casual workers more than $16,000 between July 2015 and January 2016.

The company has since started back-payments, has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking and agreed to implement measures to ensure future compliance.

 

Great Barrier Reef to get health check from NASA and more Zedlines

New NASA technology will be used over the next month to document large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, allowing researchers to compare the health and development of reef systems. Image Source: Flickr, Kyle Taylor

Great Barrier Reef to get health check from NASA
New NASA technology will be used over the next month to document large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, allowing researchers to compare the health and development of reef systems.

CSIRO scientists and the University of Queensland are also engaged in the project that involves a sensor mounted on a jet plane which can take pictures in 250 different colours in an effort to research factors like atmosphere above the water and content of the reef.

Brisbane Police Station evacuated after cocaine scare and more Zedlines

A Brisbane police station has been evacuated after a man received an unknown white powder in the mail. Panic was high as authorities feared the powder was anthrax, though it was later discovered to be cocaine. (source: flikr)

Brisbane Police Station evacuated after cocaine scare

A Brisbane police station has been evacuated after a man received an unknown white powder in the mail.

Panic was high as authorities feared the powder was anthrax, though it was later discovered to be cocaine.

A 50-meter exclusion zone was set up around Boondall Police station while emergency services set up a dip-test for the powder.

Police are working with UK partners to determine who sent the mail.

 

Scientists Revolutionise Fight Against Zika and more zedlines

Scientists in South-East Queensland have revolutionised the fight against the Zika virus found in mosquitoes while working to safeguard Australia. Testing processes in Australia have been exhaustive following the world-wide terror of the virus, known to affect unborn babies. (source: public-domain-image)

Zika mozzies

Scientists in South-East Queensland have revolutionised the fight against the Zika virus found in mosquitoes while working to safeguard Australia.

Testing processes in Australia have been exhaustive following the world-wide terror of the virus, known to affect unborn babies.

In a world first, the Australian lab tests thousands of mosquitos for abnormalities, crucial for preventing the main transmission method of Zika.

 

Crowdfunding campaign launched to save endangered frogs and more Zedlines

James Cook University researchers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to save an endangered frog species from a deadly fungus.

Oakey GP says contamination health effects a myth

An Oakey doctor, dealing with the fallout from a defence base contamination issue, says the serious health effects are a myth.

After chemicals leaked from firefighting foam at the Oakey Aviation Base into the town's groundwater, concerns over contamination grew.

Dr John Hall is in charge of interpreting most of the blood tests, but the Oakey GP said there is no proof the water is toxic, despite warnings to avoid it.

Brisbane City Council erupts in row over multiculturalism and more Zedlines

An affirmation of multiculturalism turned unexpectedly political in Brisbane City Council chamber the other day, when opposition leader Peter Cumming accused Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of not being fully committed. Image: Wikimedia

Brisbane Council erupts in row over multiculturalism

An affirmation of multiculturalism turned unexpectedly political in Brisbane City Council chamber the other day, when opposition leader Peter Cumming accused Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of not being fully committed.

Video emerges of violent arrest and more Zedlines

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’ The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man. (Image: Youtube)

Video emerges of violent arrest

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’

The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man.

Queensland Police say they are investigating the incident but are unable to give details surrounding charges.

New laws require Queensland households to install photoelectric​ smoke alarms and more Zedlines

The State Government has passed new laws requiring the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms in response to a coroner's report of Australia's worst house fire at Slacks Creek in 2011. Image: Wikipedia

New laws require Queensland households to install photoelectric​ smoke alarms
The State Government has passed new laws requiring the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms in response to a coroner's report of Australia's worst house fire at Slacks Creek in 2011.

From the 1st of January 2017, when a smoke alarm is being replaced or a new one is being fitted a photoelectric alarm will need to be installed.

New smoking laws in QLD and more Zedlines

The Queensland government’s new smoking laws have come into effect today, having passed through Parliament earlier in February. Image: Public Domain Pictures

New smoking laws in QLD
The Queensland government’s new smoking laws have come into effect today, having passed through Parliament earlier in February.

Under the new laws, it is now forbidden to smoke around bus stops, childcare facilities, public pools, skate parks, taxi ranks and outdoor shopping malls.

The sale of cigarettes from music festivals and other pop up venues has also been banned.

No dedicated parking spaces for car-sharing companies

Breaking: High court convicts Baden Clay of murder and more Zedlines

The high court of Australia has found Gerard Baden Clay had intent to kill his wife. This ruling means the charge previously downgraded to manslaughter will be once again be raised to murder. (Source: News.Yahoo)

Breaking: High court convicts Baden Clay of murder

The high court of Australia has found Gerard Baden Clay had intent to kill his wife.

This ruling means the charge previously downgraded to manslaughter will be once again be raised to murder.

Baden Clay has now exhausted all legal avenues.

QLD Government plan to make Easter Sunday a public holiday

Legislative changes are to be introduced by the Palaszczuk government in an attempt to make Easter Sunday a public holiday.

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