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Caltex under investigation for underpaying employees and more Zedlines

Caltex petrol station franchises are currently under investigation by Fair Work Ombudsman after allegations of intimidation and systemic wage fraud (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

According to a letter obtained by Fairfax Media, Fair Work Ombudsman gave the petrol giant advanced warning that raids were going to take place on its’ petrol stations nationwide.
 

A Fairfax Media investigation has found some Caltex employees are being paid as little as $12 an hour with many being threatened with deportation if they speak up.

 

Inmates fear risks of overcrowding prisons

Gold Coast vote on lockout laws and more Zedlines

Surfers Paradise and Broad beach Safe Night Out groups have voted to have a 3:00am last drinks and 1- AM lockout, opposed to 2:00am last drinks and no lockout.

Gold Coast vote on lockout laws

Surfers Paradise and Broad beach Safe Night Out groups have voted to have a 3:00am last drinks and 1- AM lockout, opposed to 2:00am last drinks and no lockout.

The decisions are binding on all venues in each precinct, when the new lockout laws are enforced in February.

Stakeholders on the Gold Coast say 3:00am last drinks were the best option available to them, and the most likely to keep the industry alive. 

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GOMA To Host Marvel Exhibit

The Gallery of Modern Art will host the world’s first Marvel exhibition next May, giving fans a chance to see the items from both Marvel studios and private collections.

GOMA to host Marvel exhibit

The Gallery of Modern Art will host the world’s first Marvel exhibition next May, giving fans a chance to see the items from both Marvel studios and private collections.

The show will display items including original artworks, film props and costumes from popular characters including Captain America, Black Widow and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk says the exhibition is the result of reinstated funding for blockbusters at Brisbane’s galleries.

Brisbane forum calls for end to youth detention and more Zedlines

The forum comes after an investigation by Four Corners, which exposed abuse and the use of excessive force in youth detention centres.

Brisbane forum calls for end to youth detention

Revolutionary political activist Angela Davis will lead a public forum in Brisbane tomorrow night calling for an end to youth detention.

The forum comes after an investigation by Four Corners, which exposed abuse and the use of excessive force in youth detention centres.

Let the kids go: ending youth detention will be held at A-H-E-P-A Hall at West End tomorrow night at 7pm.

Drug adviser and Police warn of new drug danger ahead of Schoolies

Israeli Rights Group Vows to Fight Against Settlements

An Israeli Human Rights Group Will Not Be Deterred By Criticism As He Urges UN To Take Decisive Action Against Settlements

An Israeli human rights group will continue to fight against illegal Israeli Settlements despite criticism from the Israeli Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused B’tsalem of making false claims against Israel because the Human Rights Group urged the UN Security Council to take decisive action against the settlements.

Aboriginal women in NT struggle to escape family violence, and more Zedlines...

A Royal Commission into family violence hears women in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities are going to "extreme lengths" to escape. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Women in NT Aboriginal communities struggle to escape family violence

A Royal Commission hearing has been told women in the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal communities are going to extreme lengths to escape family violence.

Muriel Bamblett said she saw women being locked up in shipping containers to protect them while she was preparing a report into child protection in 2010.

Ms Bamblett also said this would not happen in any other state or territory, and chronic overcrowding in Aboriginal communities makes these issues more difficult to address.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej passes away and more Zedlines...

King Bhumibol's influential 70 years as head of state has come to an end, following his death on Thursday evening.(Image source:Flickr).

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej passes away

The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej has died in Bangkok aged 88.

The King was Thailand’s longest reigning monarch, ruling for seventy-years and was a stabilising force in the country.

The King was revered in the country, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha says the death is the most devastating moment for Thais, and they will begin a one year mourning period.

 

21 Chibok school girls swapped in exchange for militants

Queensland installs solar panels in government buidlings in effort to tackle renewable energy and more Zedlines..

Solar panels will be installed in Queensland Government buildings in an effort to increase the state’s renewable energy from 7 per cent today to 50 per cent by 2030 according to a strategic report into Queensland’s renewable energy. (Source: Windorah Solar Farm NSW. Credit: Wikipedia.org)

Solar panels will be installed in Queensland Government buildings in an effort to increase the state’s renewable energy from 7 per cent today to 50 per cent by 2030 according to a strategic report into Queensland’s renewable energy.

Currently Queensland has 9 megawatts of solar panels already installed on government buildings but aims to install panels in TAFE colleges, schools, hospitals and public houses with the hope of generating 2000 watts of solar energy from government property by 2030.

Yazidi Genocide Survivor wins Human Rights Award and more Zedlines

A Yazidi activitst, Nadia Murad, has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for her work campaigning against human trafficking and for the freedom of the Yazidi people. The 23-year-old was captured in the Sinjar offensive of 2014 in Northern Iraq and enslaved for three months along with thousands of other Yazidi women. (Image: Tim Swanston)

Yazidi Genocide Survivor wins Human Rights Award

A Yazidi activitst, Nadia Murad, has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for her work campaigning against human trafficking and for the freedom of the Yazidi people.

The 23-year-old was captured in the Sinjar offensive of 2014 in Northern Iraq and enslaved for three months along with thousands of other Yazidi women.

Carmichael Line Given 'Essential Status'

The Queensland Government will declare Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine -critical infrastructure - a move that will make the project essential to the state’s economic and community wellbeing.

Carmichael Mine Given 'Essential Status'

The Queensland Government will declare Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine -critical infrastructure - a move that will make the project essential to the state’s economic and community wellbeing.

This means that any rulings on the mine, by the government’s top bureaucrat - the coordinator general -will not be able to be challenged in court.

It gives the mine the same importance as hospitals, power stations and telecommunications hubs and special protection in the event of terrorists attacks.

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