Queenslanders could face higher taxi fares and long waiting times if Uber is made illegal (Source: Flickr)
Brisbane's heritage trading scheme allows developers to build bigger
A controversial high-rise development in the Brisbane CBD will go ahead, despite it not conforming to the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.
The heritage-listed National Bank building will allow its owners, The Aria Group, to transfer its development potential to its high rise on Edward street, allowing it to have a footprint larger than the normal 45 per cent for this type of development.
The government has unveiled the new Cyber Security Strategy (source: flickr)
Uber fines increased
A new law passed in Queensland Parliament will see Uber drivers faced with fines of up to $2,300 and administrators with fines of over $23,500. The bill also sees transport inspectors given more powers to detect and fine drivers. The amended Katter’s Australian Party bill passed last night with LNP support.
The Australian Greens have called for continued federal funding for Indigenous ranger groups (source: wikimedia)
Black lung disease reappears
Coal miners and union members rallied outside Parliament House on Wednesday protesting the recent cases of black lung disease in the community. Miners urged the government to start taking action and help prevent the disease from being spread to other members of the coal mining industry. Black lung disease is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust and was thought to have been eradicated 30 years ago, however there have been 5 new reported cases since September 2015.