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Brisbane comic book scene to change

Brisbane’s comic book scene is set to bloom following a new mentorship program. Image Source: Max Pixel

The founder of Brisbane’s independent comic publisher Petrie Press, Alisha Jade, said the industry is dominated by mainstream American comics like Marvel and DC.

To encourage diversity in stories, Ms Jade has teamed up with comic book expo Supernova, to create a two month workshop and networking program.

 

Caboolture community protests student violence

Students and teachers have marched in protest after number of student bashings at the Caboolture train station since October.

Australia and Indonesia restore military ties and more Zedlines

Australia and Indonesia have restored military relations just weeks after a diplomatic conflict over ‘insulting’ teaching material at an Australian army base. Image Source: Wikimedia/Mia Salim/AusAID

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Joko Widodo made the announcement on Sunday after meeting Saturday to discuss joint-security and removing trade barriers.

Bilateral trade between Australia and Indonesia was worthr $15.3 billion and President Widodo said he is confident a free trade deal will be finalised this year.

 

Heatwave prompts school teacher to appeal government

An Ipswich primary school teacher is petitioning the state government over extreme heat in classrooms.

First global plan for reefs aims to save only ten per cent

The first global plan aimed at saving coral reefs around the world has been revealed, along with the alarming announcement that only 10 per cent of the reefs will survive the next 35 years. (Image Source: Eco Cafe).

This is the first world wide initiative aimed at protecting coral reefs from extinction with funding provided completely by philanthropists, not governments.

 

Scientists have estimated 90 per cent of the world’s reefs will disappear before 2050 due to coral bleaching induced by global warming and pollution.

 

The ‘50 reefs initiative’ has been headed by the University of Queensland’s professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg who said the radical plan is the coral reefs best chance of survival.

 

 

Great Barrier Reef Roundtable to Meet Following Tragic Events and More Zedlines

The Palaszczuk Government is set to hold a Great Barrier Reef safety roundtable in Cairns tomorrow, following the continued bleaching and other tragic events along the reef.

As one of Queensland’s largest and most popular tourist attractions the roundtable will look at snorkel industry best practice standards and a possible increase in safety measures to protect visitors and the reef.

The roundtable will include Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Northern Coroner Magistrate Kevin Priestly, tourism operators and other industry stakeholders.

Drugs Disguised as Virus to Fight Cancer
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Redfern Statement to be Handed Over and More Zedlines

Indigenous leaders will hand over the blueprints for the Redfern Statement to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull later today. (Image: Pixabay)

The Redfern Statement is currently backed by 50 different organisations and was released last year during the Federal Election as an “urgent call for a more just approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.”

The 18-page manifesto will propose multiple changes across relevant areas including health, education, justice and family violence, with an emphasis on policies being made with communities rather than to communities.

CSIRO discovers breakthrough using soybeans

CSIRO-led scientists have used soybeans to make the world’s strongest material, graphene, more commercially viable. (Image source: Pixabay)

CSIRO-led scientists have used soybeans to make the world’s strongest material, graphene, more commercially viable.

Graphene is carbon material one atom thick.

The new technology is expected to reduce the cost of graphene production while also improving the uptake in new applications.

CSIRO has made a breakthrough in developing a high quality version of the material using soybeans.

It pays to have your head in the clouds! ... and more Zedlines

A Tasmanian geologist, who once dreamed of becoming a meteorologist, has helped identify a new type of cloud. Image source: wikimedia.

Gary McArthur noticed the ‘unusual’ cloud, known as Asperitas, at Bernie in Northern Tasmania, and was inspired to take some pictures.

His inspiration paid off, as one of his photos was picked to feature in the new edition of the International Cloud Atlas, as the best example of the Asperitas cloud.

The International Cloud Atlas was relaunched recently to mark World Meteorological day, and is a definitive guide to clouds used by both meteorologists and cloud enthusiasts around the world.

Many feared dead after boats capsize in the Mediterranean

It pays to have your head in the clouds!

A Tasmanian Geologist, who once dreamed of becoming a meteorologist, has helped identify a new type of cloud. Image source: wikimedia.

Gary McArthur noticed the ‘unusual’ cloud, known as Asperitas, at Bernie in Northern Tasmania, and was inspired to take some pictures.

His inspiration paid off, as one of his photos was picked to feature in the new edition of the International Cloud Atlas, as the best example of the Asperitas cloud.

The International Cloud Atlas was relaunched recently to mark World Meteorological day, and is a definitive guide to clouds used by both meteorologists and cloud enthusiasts around the world.

Many feared dead after boats capsize in the Mediterranean

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.

Medicinal Marijuana in Australia

After a recent raid in South Australia on a woman who supplied medicinal marijuana without a licence, the discussion on the medicine has come up again. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with CEO of the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies about this raid and where the current situation is with medicinal marijuana. 

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