Greens call for parliamentary entitlements overhaul and more Zedlines

Greens Leader and Senator Richard Di Natale is calling for an overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system.(image: Flicker; Kate Ausburn)

Senator Di Natale joins other minor party politicians calling for the system to be reformed after federal Health Minister Sussan Ley stood aside amid investigations into her expenses.

Specifically, the Senator wants to introduce a national anti-corruption watchdog which will audit entitlements and provide expenses advice to politicians.


Central Queenslanders defy government over ADF land expansion

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Brisbane Drivers don't know their way around a roundabout and more Zedlines...

RACQ’s recent study suggests that the majority of Brisbane drivers do not know how to correctly indicate on roundabouts.(Image Source: Wikipedia)

The study monitored 800 vehicles, and several roundabouts across Brisbane, including Sunnybank and found more than 60 per cent failed to properly indicate.

Queensland road rules require motorists to indicate before entering the roundabout when either turning left, right, or performing a U-turn and must indicate left when exiting.

Failure to signal properly can result in a $73 fine and two demerit points.

Study Reveals Pilots Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts ... & More Zedlines

A Harvard University study has found thousands of commercial pilots have experienced suicidal thoughts.

Experts warned pilots might cover up their symptoms of depression for fear of losing their jobs, as they are automatically deemed unfit to fly if diagnosed.

The study comes after the 2015 Germanwings crash, when a pilot suspected of being mentally ill crashed the airliner into the French Alps, killing 150 passengers.

Government Urged to Ditch Toondah Harbour Project

Lego ninja statue vanishes into thin air, and more Zedlines...

Thieves steal lego ninja statue from Victorian toy store (Image Source: Wiki)

Calls to fill abandoned mines after drowning

Calls for a mine rehabilitation fund have been made in Queensland following the latest drowning in an abandoned mine quarry.

Community voices have argued for old mines to be filled in, or fenced off using contributions from mining companies.

Lock the Gate president, Drew Hutton said something needs to be done, to stop adolescents trying to "test themselves in these uncontrolled environments".

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment and more Zedlines

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment  

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Dr Michele Teng led the group of researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where mice with breast cancer were trialled immunotherapy drugs before surgery. Survival rates are usually very low, but about half of the mice treated in this order were cured.

Endangered bird delays $1.3 billion Cleveland Development and more Zedlines

A rare and critically endangered Russian migratory bird, which flies south each year has delayed construction of the Walker Groups Toondah harbour project at Cleveland.(source: flickr/0ystercatch)

The endangered Bar-tailed Godwit, which travels to the region each year from its nesting site in the Yellow sea was confirmed by a Walker Group spokesperson as the main reason for the delay.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has asked for extra conservation information regarding the project, and has delayed further developments on the site for at least six months.


Popping party drugs to treat PTSD and more Zedlines

The party drug ecstasy is now one step closer to being used as a legal treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons).

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug for clinical trials, the final stage before it becomes a legal prescription medication.

Professor Nicole Lee from Curtin University said that mixing ecstasy with antidepressants can cause the brain to produce far too much serotonin.


Cafe helps those with a disability learn industry skills

A cafe in Nambour is giving people who have a disability a chance to learn skills in the hospitality industry.

Nine trainees are undertaking the initiative and are involved in many cafe tasks.

Warning ahead of summer heatwave and more Zedlines

Experts are warning against underestimating the dangers of heat waves as Queensland is expected to experience soaring temperatures this week (image source: Flickr, Adeel Anwer).

The Bureau of Meteorology has devised a system to classify heatwaves similar to the way cyclones are classified.

Dr Thomas Loridan says many people underestimate the dangers of heatwaves, and they can pose a threat akin to that of other natural disasters, as every 100,000 people exposed to a category five heatwave would result in at least three fatalities.


Super bill draws criticism

Pro-abortion rally underway in Brisbane and more Zedlines

A rally is currently taking place outside of Parliament House in Brisbane to decriminalise abortion in Queensland (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The rally has speakers from the Labor, Greens and Independent parties, as well as various community and lobby groups.

The rally is continuing the campaign to decriminalise abortion after the Women’s Right To Choose bill was rejected in October.

Majority of recession victims are Queenslanders

A recent report by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed a mass two thirds of the national population living in recession are from Queensland.