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ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election and more Zedlines...

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public. The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public.

The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

Marriage equality plebiscite potentially delayed and more Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned a plebiscite on marriage equality may not occur this year.

Tax-free public transport available to thousands

Thousands could have access to tax-free public transport after salary package provider RemServ won a class ruling action from the Australian Tax Office earlier this year.

Once given the go-ahead from Translink, employees from organisations signed up to RemServ will be able to salary sacrifice their work bus commute.

Attack on Nice and more Zedlines

As many as 70 people are confirmed dead on Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, following a deliberate attack. ( Photo source: Flickr.com)

Planning code greenlights renewable energy proposals 

The Queensland Government has announced a new planning code to support the growing wind farm industry.

The code is a state wide planning process which provides a whole-of-government approach to assessing wind farm proposals, a responsibility which will now fall to the state.

Hungarian police accused of mistreating refugees and more Zedlines

Image source: Flickr, Martin Leveneur

Hungarian police accused of mistreating refugees

The Human Rights Watch reports some refugees and migrants are being severely beaten by Hungarian police before being sent back across the border to Serbia.

The Hungarian Interior Ministry which protects the border with assistance from the army has rejected the report and says Hungary treats those in need humanely.

Pokemon Go brings $10bn to Nintendo and more Zedlines

Pokemon Go, a game which allows players to walk in real neighbourhoods seeking virtual Pokemon characters on their smartphones has added ten billion dollars in market-value gain to Japan’s Nintendo Co as shares skyrocketed, within two days of the game’s release. Photo: Flikr

Pokemon Go brings $10bn to Nintendo

Pokemon Go, a game which allows players to walk in real neighbourhoods seeking virtual Pokemon characters on their smartphones has added ten billion dollars in market-value gain to Japan’s Nintendo Co as shares skyrocketed, within two days of the game’s release.

In the United States, after two days, it was installed on more Android devices than dating app Tinder, and its rate of daily active users was tied with those of social network Twitter.

Turtle herpes spreading in North Queensland and more Zedlines

A turtle herpes outbreak in tropical North Queensland is raising fears that the potentially life-threatening disease is spreading amongst turtle populations.

Turtle herpes spreading in North Queensland

A turtle herpes outbreak in tropical North Queensland is raising fears that the potentially life-threatening disease is spreading amongst turtle populations.

A survey conducted earlier this year revealed half of the green turtle population just off West Point at Cockle Bay were infected with the disease that causes large tumours to grow on their heads, eyes and shoulders.

Transgender athletes allowed to compete in Rio Olympics and more Zedlines

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has changed the guidelines for transgender athletes allowing them to compete in their identified gender category ahead of the Rio Olympics. Image: Public Domain Pictures

Transgender athletes allowed to compete in Rio Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has changed the guidelines for transgender athletes allowing them to compete in their identified gender category ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The IOC’s "Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism," details the Committee’s agreement to not exclude trans athletes from the opportunity to participate in sporting competition and states it is not necessary to have surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation.

Queensland newbies head to Canberra and more Zedlines...

Queensland newbies head to Canberra

Queensland newbies head to Canberra

The federal election has yielded surprising results, with one third of Queensland’s thirty federal lower house gaining new members.

The seat of Longman may be the biggest victory for Labor, with newcomer Susan Lamb defeating Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy.

Brisbane’s newly elected LNP member Trevor Evans is also celebrating after achieving one of the few swings in favour of the Coalition.

Moreton Bay net-free zone consultations and more Zedlines...

Moreton Bay net-free zone consultations

Moreton Bay net-free zone consultations

The Queensland Government will begin consultations to establish a commercial net-free zone in Moreton Bay, after such zones were set up in the North of the state.

The presence of gill nets in Moreton Bay is likely to be a major talking point, since gill nets are believed to contribute to the depletion of local fishing supplies.

Recreational fishing lobby Sunfish is requesting the removal of gill nets from the region.

Such zones have already been set up in Cairns, Mackay and the Capricorn Coast.

Voiceworks magazine: 'we will endure'

Lucy Adams took over as Voiceworks editor a little over six weeks before the Australian Arts Sector was hit by unprecedented funding cuts. That day is now being referred to as ‘Black Friday’. Leading into Black Friday the Liberal Government took money from the Australia Council: a peer-driven and arm’s-length funding body, in order to fund Catalyst: a parallel funding program with direct Ministerial oversight and sign off. Half the arts organisations that had received multi-year funding from the Australia Council in previous rounds lost their funding.

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