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Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.

 

New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

10 year Queensland public housing plan to encourage children to earn and learn, and more Zedlines

Queensland Government pledges to focus on supporting children in public housing to continue earning or learning. Source: sourceable

The Palaszczuk Government is looking to break down barriers which stop children in public housing from earning or learning when they finish school.

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick De Brenni said the upcoming 10 year strategy will focus on ending intergenerational dependency on welfare by encouraging young people to study or work ... without penalising their parents.

He said some parts of the public housing system act as a disincentive for young people to get out into the workforce by doubling their parents rent if the children begin full time work.

 

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.

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.

One Nation Staffer Being Investigated

Top One Nation figure Sean Black is under investigation over an alleged assault.

The man touted as the future leader of One Nation in Queensland’s heartland is being investigated over assault allegations.

Sean Black, media and policy advisor to Malcolm Roberts, is no stranger to complaints against him having been accused of bullying and flying into fits of rage as a member of Logan City Council.

With One Nation looking like it will make major gains in the next Queensland election, Mr Black is in the frame as a possible state leader.

While no one has been charged police are continuing investigations into the complaint.

Workers Fear Losing Jobs By Speaking Out On Safety Issues

Workers on one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest construction projects fear losing their jobs if they speak out on safety issues, according to a peak trades union.

Workers fear losing jobs by speaking out on safety issues

Workers on one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest construction projects fear losing their jobs if they speak out on safety issues, according to a peak trades union.

Organisers for the Electrical Trades Union say worker’s concerns were highlighted to them after they investigated two safety issues at Downer’s Solar Farm construction site on Friday.

Santa ditches sleigh for parachute and more Zedlines

A parachuting Santa Claus has dropped in on the Italian town of Amatrice, an area strongly affected by a powerful earthquake in August. (Image source: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson)

A group of eight skydivers, with one dressed as Santa, landed in a nearby village and handed out presents to local children as well as donating over $4000 to aid reconstruction of local schools and nurseries.

Skydiver Enrico Marcucci says it was a beautiful thing to bring joy to children who now live in tents and temporary housing following the earthquake which killed 300 people in August.

 

Construction Commences on Townsville Disability Housing

Art Space Emerging in West End and more Zedlines

Jonathan Sri has announced a new contemporary art space in West End for the Brisbane community to collaborate and display artworks. The project, House Conspiracy, will be offering three-week residencies to 68 Brisbane based emerging artists in the first year of operation. (Image: Facebook)

Art Space Emerging in West End

Jonathan Sri has announced a new contemporary art space in West End for the Brisbane community to collaborate and display artworks.

The project, House Conspiracy, will be offering three-week residencies to 68 Brisbane based emerging artists in the first year of operation.

Artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their work in the event space with 24/hour access to studios with a no-cost scheme set to take place early February next year.

Tyre Recycler Ordered to Clean Up Act

Federal Court recognises native title rights of the Bigambul people, and more Zedlines

Native title rights of Bigambul people formally recognised by Federal Court. (Photo source: flickr)

A special Federal Court hearing has formally recognised native title rights of the Bigambul people over land and waters between Inglewood and St George.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham said the decision recognises and protects the Bigambul people’s native title rights and also provides a revenue stream for the traditional owners through land use agreement.

7.2 Magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador and more Zedlines

The epicentre of the quake was 149 kilometres south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons).

7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador overnight, with the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issuing a warning about possible tsunami waves.

The epicentre of the quake was 149 kilometers south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador, at a very shallow depth of 10.3 kilometers below the seabed.

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