Greg Hunt named new Health Minister and more Zedlines

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Greg Hunt named new Health Minister

Greg Hunt has been announced as Australia’s new Health Minister, replacing Sussan Ley.

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised Mr Hunt’s political, analytical and communication skills.

Mr Hunt will also take on the role of Sports Minister, another position previously held by Ms Ley in addition to his current portfolio in Industry, Innovation and Science.


Whale hunting still occurring in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary

The ABC revealed images this weekend of a Japanese whaling boat with a covered minke whale on board.  The photos show that Japan is continuing its whale hunting expeditions  for what they call ‘scientific research’. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with Darren Kindleysides the Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society about this whaling incident and what Australia can do to stop it.

Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Japanese whalers caught in Australian waters, and more Zedlines

Japanese whaling vessel scrambles to cover up dead minke whale body in Australian Whale Sanctuary. Image source: Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd said it caught a Japanese whaling vessel in Australian waters with a dead minke whale on its deck.

A Sea Shepherd helicopter spotted the vessel in the Australian Whale Sanctuary on Sunday morning with two harpoon ships nearby - they said the Japanese crew quickly covered the protected whales body and the harpoons.

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.

Snake Harm Reduction

A large number of snakes inhabit Southeast Queensland, however not all are venomous.

Reporter Mia Tyquin spoke with a local Brisbane-based zoologist and snake catcher Janne Torkkola about how to identify the dangerous ones from the nonthreatening ones, what happens to the snakes once they are caught by a snake handler and what to do in the unfortunate event someone is bitten by a snake.


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Expedition for Bona Vista and Jenny Lind shipwrecks begin and more Zedlines

A team of 11 scientists have departed from Bundaberg in search of a number of famous shipwrecks in the Coral Sea. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The group will travel 500km off the East Coast to Kenn’s reef in search of wreckage from ships known to have gone down in the area during the 19th century.

The main item of desire is the Bona Vista which was lost in 1828.

Wheelie bin used to trap crocodile metres from playground in North Queensland

North Korea says it can test launch ICBM and more Zedlines

North Korea has blamed the United States for 'hostile US policy' which has pushed their arms development forward. (Image source: Flickr).

North Korea insists it can test launch ICBM 

North Korea says they will test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time and location set by Kim Jong-un.

On January 1 Mr Kim said North Korea was close to a test-launch and a statement was released, saying the US was to blame for pushing North Korea into developing the ICBM.

Experts say whilst they are close to a test, it is possible the weapon will take years to perfect.

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.

Indian chemical plant changes carbon emissions into baking soda and more Zedlines..

An Indian chemical plant has figured out how to change all of its carbon emissions into baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

The Tuticorin Alkali chemicals plant in Eastern India that has developed this technology says that this process could end up clearing 10 percent of carbon emissions in atmosphere using this technology

While this carbon capture technology is not new, the Alkali Chemicals Plant in Tuticorin is running without subsidies from the government, proving that this process can be efficient.