Animals

Cars and chlamydia top koala killers and more zedlines

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

UQ’s School of Veterinary science worked with Moggill Koala Hospital to analyse over fifteen years of its data.

The research found that motor vehicle collisions accounted for over a quarter of koala deaths, closely followed by chlamydia symptoms accounting for nearly a fifth.

Redfern Statement to be Handed Over and More Zedlines

Indigenous leaders will hand over the blueprints for the Redfern Statement to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull later today. (Image: Pixabay)

The Redfern Statement is currently backed by 50 different organisations and was released last year during the Federal Election as an “urgent call for a more just approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.”

The 18-page manifesto will propose multiple changes across relevant areas including health, education, justice and family violence, with an emphasis on policies being made with communities rather than to communities.

Turnbull in need of One Nation to hold onto Queensland and more Zedlines

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. (Image source: Pixabay)

A new Galaxy poll shows the Turnbull government will need the preferences of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party to retain Queensland in the next election. 

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. 

Much of the coalition's support has shifted to One Nation, whose primary vote has risen from 5.5 points to 18 percent. 

 

Potent Turtle Blood and more Zedlines

A link has been identified between cobalt exports and the deteriorating health of Southern Queensland turtles. (image source: Flikr)

Researchers from the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Services examined the health of green sea turtles in Cleveland and Upstart Bay, and measured cobalt blood levels were 4 to 25 times higher than turtles located away from urban areas.

Studies show 44 percent of tested Upstart Bay turtles harbour signs of a systematic stressor and an active inflammatory response.

Toowoomba's Water Quality not Rising to Expectations

Australia becoming a more racist country, survey finds and more Zedlines

A survey has found an increasing number of Australian Citizens believe Australia is becoming a more racist country to live in. (Image Source: Flickr)

The Biannual Reconciliation Barometer, which gauges the response of racism and violence towards Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, found both Indigenous and non-indigenous people believe Australia has become more racist in the past two years.

 

The survey, compiled last August, found 57 per cent of Indigenous people and 39 per cent of the general community thought Australia was a racist country, this is up from 48 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively, in 2014.

 

Nuttall bids for access to superannuation

Youth unemployment benefits cut down under new reform and more Zedlines...

Youth under 25 will be unable to acquire unemployment benefits under new budget reforms introduced by the Turnbull Government. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The reforms have been labelled an initiative to stop people aged 22 to 24 getting Newstart or the Sickness allowance.

Young people will also be required to complete a compulsory program and show proof of study before they can receive payments.

 

Brisbane Talks Trash

Queries about wheelie bins were the hot topic at Brisbane City Council’s 24/7 call centre in 2016, with over 85,000 people asking about replacements or repairs.

Loggers are calling the shots on endangered wildlife and other Zedlines...

The fate of Victoria’s critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum is in the hands of the logging industry. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Victorian Government has ordered a review of their animal emblem, to be fronted by a logging industry “working group” rather than actual scientists.

Forest conservation groups are already starkly opposed to the move, with Executive Director of the Victorian National Parks Association Matt Ruchel labelling the groups “neither qualified nor independent”.

 

Two Taiwanese men to be deported after running slave houses

Two Taiwanese men who helped run slave houses in Brisbane are to be deported by Australian authorities.

Carseldine residents out in force against state government 'lemon'

On Saturday, locals protested at an old university campus in Carseldine against the state government’s redevelopment plans, which include affordable housing for thousands of new residents. The protest ran from 9-10.30am and to hear what went down, 4ZZZ reporter Toby Crockford spoke to Ross McKinnon, chairman of the Save Our Carseldine management committee.

BCC call on spaniels to assist in Koala census and more Zedlines

Brisbane City Council have employed the help of two English springer spaniels to assist in gathering information about the city’s koala population. (Image Credit: pixabay)

Brisbane City Council have employed the help of two English springer spaniels to assist in gathering information about the city’s koala population.

Taz and Nutmeg will track Koalas through Brisbane’s bushland at a five-month cost of $120,000 to help in accurately portraying a picture of the animals’ spread across the city.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has previously expressed his fondness for the marsupials and believes this program will help protect one of Australia’s national icons.

A gift for the homeless

Smoking Pack Warning Labels Help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Quit Smoking

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today.

The study, by Menzies School of Health Research shows that graphic warning labels motivate quit attempts as well as increase smokers’ awareness of the health issues caused by smoking.

Smoking is responsible for twenty three per cent of the health gap between indigenous people and other Australians.

Opposition asks for Turnbull's intervention in Defence force land acquisition

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