Local Jobs First Roundtable to be held in Cairns and more Zedlines

Cairns is set to host a Local Jobs First Roundtable today, bringing both government and industry officials together to improve the employability of local young people in the tourism industry. (image credit: wikimedia)

Employment Minister Grace Grace will lead the Roundtable, with the goal of maximising employment opportunities for locals in Queensland’s ever-growing billion dollar tourism industry.

In the past years, tourism contributes $11.5 billion to Queensland’s economy, making up 5.8 per cent of Queensland’s workforce.

Full-time effort to coordinate management of feral pigs in north Queensland introduced

Third Melbourne Council Abandons Australia Day Celebrations and more Zedlines...

A third Melbourne council has voted to abandon official Australia day celebrations. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreland city council has now passed a motion stating that the “council believes it is not an appropriate date for an inclusive national celebration, as January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Moreland city council has now joined neighbouring councils Yarra and Darebin in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.

Kevin Rudd’s Godson Physically Attacked Over Defending Marriage Equality Posters

Queen's Wharf development to be bigger than expected and more Zedlines...

Detailed plans for the Queen’s Wharf development have been sent for approval by the state government, with buildings on the plan designed to be as tall as 74 storeys. (Image source: Pexels)

The precinct, which will replace the old executive building, would allow for 600 more hotel rooms than originally expected if it is to reach maximum height.

As well as the hotel rooms, the development application plan includes a casino; resort complex; a bar; a park; retail precinct; residential apartments; parking space; a microbrewery; a major sport facility; and a new pedestrian bridge connecting to South Bank, all on a 27.3 hectare site.

The development application is now open for the public to have their say.

Update on The TPP

On Monday the 28th of August, Australian Fair Trade Investment Network in partnership with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, held a rally protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with Dr Patricia Ranald the coordinator of AFTINET about the current status of the TPP and what went on at the rally.

Hefty price for smokers

The cost of cigarettes has spiked, with the government introducing a 13 per cent price rise across Australia. Photo from The Sun.

The increase was first announced in the May budget, and will be implemented each September over the next four years.

The government is expected to rake in an additional $365 million in tax over the next four years as a result of the change.

Funding boost for homeless

The Department of Housing and Public Works has given a $75,000 boost to aid people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Gold Coast.

NSW top poker machines' revenue revealed and more Zedlines

Western Sydney dominates the list of highest-profiting machines, with 13 of the top 25 most profitable pokie-hotels located in the Fairfield and Canterbury/Bankstown regions. (Image: Flickr/Denni Schnapp)

Topping the list is The El Cortez Hotel in Fairfield, which made a profit of 13.9 million dollars in the 2016/17 financial year. The statewide revenue figure exceeded 250 million dollars over the same period.

Suburbs in Western Sydney are some of the most disadvantaged in New South Wales, and these figures have prompted calls for the state government to do more to protect vulnerable community members.

Lord Mayor rules out encouraging yes vote

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will not be calling on Brisbanites to vote yes for marriage equality.

Clive Palmer Allegations

Government-appointed liquidators who have been tasked with assessing Queensland Nickel have expressed concerns that Clive Palmer may be offloading asset as they are unable to determine the extent of his personal fortune.

New Regulations For Snorkelling and Diving in Queensland
Changes to snorkelling and diving regulations are being made in Queensland after 10 people died in the water between July and December last year.

As part of new safety measures, at-risk snorkelers will have to wear flotation devices at the Great Barrier Reef and other diving areas, as well as being made to wear a different coloured vest so they are easier to spot.

Marriage equality vote could be vulnerable to voter fraud...and more Zedlines

(Image source: Australian Bureau of Statistics experts are warning the marriage equality postal survey is vulnerable to voter fraud because Australians will not be given individual identifiers.

The idea of a secret vote could be contradicted if ballots include personal identifiers, as the ABS would be able to match voters opinions on same-sex marriage with other personal information.

Despite this implication, former ABS chief, Bill McLennan, is warning if voters are not sent an individual identifier, the ABS will struggle to determine who has voted, creating opportunity for voter fraud to occur.

Magnitude-6.5 Quake hits Sichuan and more Zedlines

The South-western Chinese province of Sichuan, has been hit with a magnitude-6.5 earthquake overnight, with 7 confirmed dead and nearly 100 injured (Image: Wikimedia).

Landslides have proven to be a real danger in the mountainous region also, as hundreds of tourists have been trapped by collapsed roads and buildings.

Fortunately, the immediate area of the earthquake is sparsely populated however fears are still very fresh after a magnitude-8.0 quake hit Sichuan in 2008, leaving the province devastated.

Concrete slabs complaints tripled
Pressure has been put on the state’s building watchdog after complaints about retaining walls and concrete slabs in south-east Queensland have tripled since June.

Bear Takes Joyride in Colorado

A black bear in Durango, Colorado took a joyride in a Subaru SUV before crashing the vehicle at the bottom of a hill beyond the owner’s driveway.

Treaty Discussions at Garma Festival
Despite the efforts of Indigenous leaders to create positive progression through Garma Festival Indigenous youth are still longing for the opportunity to have their say in Federal Parliament.

This year, Garma’s annual celebration of traditional culture has generated discussions around putting an end to the fight for constitutional change in order to allow the next generation to focus on other problems.

Dissatisfied Indigenous Australians are now calling for a treaty and a body in Parliament.