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Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.

 

He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.

 

Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

Australian pensioners selling pain medications to pay bills and more zedlines

The Rural Doctors Association believe elderly people in regional Australia are on-selling their prescription painkillers so that they can pay their bills with the profit they make from the illegal trade. Picture source: Flickr.

President of the Rural Doctors Association, Ewen McPhee said he is not aware of how widespread the problem is, but said misuse of prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin and Endone was rife in rural areas.

Mildura Pharmacist, Eric Oguzkaya said elderly customers tend to fly under the radar and on-sold drugs more than professionals suspect.

Mr Oguzkaya has also heard reports of elderly people being intercepted and intimidated by drug dealers outside of doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies.

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Refugee week food ration challenge and more Zedlines...

More than 10, 000 people across Australia are completing the ‘act for peace ration challenge’ this week, where they survive on the same food provided to Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan.

 
The initiative is a part of world refugee week, aiming to raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster. 
 
Participants are given a small amount of rice, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. 
 
So far, the Challenge has raised over 2 Million dollars - enough to feed over 8, 000 refugees for an entire year. 

 

MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride 

Abbott Calls Shorten “Favourite” to Win Next Federal Election

Tony Abbott has revealed he believes Bill Shorten is the favourite to win the next federal election, stating that the UK election was an example of how voters treat complacent governments.

Brisbane Man Wins OAM for Model Trains
Brisbane man Neil MacKenzie has won a Medal of the Order of Australia for his handmade model steam trains and his service to the community.

MacKenzie has been making the trains for 30 years and he charges children to ride them at his model railway club in Bracken Ridge before donating the proceeds to charity.

The trains can take up to 5 years to make and 90-year-old MacKenzie says he has no plans to retire.

New Laws Give Peter Dutton Power to Overrule Immigration Decisions

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull plans to call on the Labor Party to back the Coalition’s new citizenship laws in parliament today.

Labor is yet to say whether they will support the laws, which will see a complete overhaul of citizenship requirements. 

Turnbull yesterday confirmed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would be given the power to overrule decisions made on citizenship applications by administrative tribunals.

Reinstated in New Budget

Queensland’s Drug Court, along with the Murri Court and Special Circumstances Court, is set to be reinstated in today’s budget announcement.

Elusive platypus' and more Zedlines

The platypus population across Victoria and South Australia is steadily declining, researchers warn. (Source: Flickr)

They may be facing localised extinctions but scientists say platypus’ are notoriously difficult to track as they’re nocturnal and elusive.

Researchers say the decline in numbers is due to loss of habitat, traps, and pollution.

 

Brisbane Research Finds Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Uterine Cancer

A global study has found that women who have breastfed have a lower risk of developing uterine cancer.

The study led by the QIMR Berghofer Medical Institute in Brisbane examined 26,000 women, 9,000 of which are living with uterine cancer.

Drug testing for welfare recipients and more Zedlines

The Australian Greens have warned that drug testing welfare recipients will be costly and ineffective in response to the federal government's May budget. (Image: Wikimedia/Jim Watson)

Similar to policies in the United States the federal government says it wants to trial drug testing welfare recipients to see if the new policy works in Australia.

Greens senator Rachel Siewert has criticised the new policy saying it reinforces stigmas surrounding drug addiction.

QLD Public Sector's advertising bill
The Queensland Public Sector accumulated a bill of $193 million on advertising over the last three years, according to a report by the Queensland Audit Office.

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Queensland Moving Towards Solar Power Energy Goals and more Zedlines

New figures confirm solar rooftops have overtaken Gladstone Power Station as Queensland’s primary power source. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

Energy Minister Mark Bailey has credited Premier Annastacia Palazscuk’s renewable energy policy for Queensland’s steady uptake of solar power.

Mr Bailey says Queensland currently has the most prevalent solar panel usage of any Australian state, and believes Queensland is on track to reach the target of one million solar rooftops by 2020.

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Proposal to reintroduce Dingoes and other Zedlines

Reintroducing dingoes to areas they have previously inhabited could be the key to controlling feral cats and red foxes.

The Department of Agriculture estimates damage caused by foxes costs the government up to $227 million each year, and these predators are responsible for the extinction of at least 20 native animals.

A recent study fronted by Thomas Newsome of Deakin University suggests dingoes could drive off the feral foxes and cats while not posing the same risk to endangered animals.

Online delivery hurting small business

Small regional business is struggling to compete with supermarket online delivery services, according to business owners across Queensland.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

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