Natural Disaster

Fires continue in Christchurch and more zedlines

A state of emergency continues in Christchurch, New Zealand, as more than 200 firefighters battle a raging bushfire heading into its fourth day. Image source: Wikimedia

At least 1,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, while more than 11 houses having been destroyed by the blaze, which covers more than 1,800 hectares.

Emergency workers said a change in wind direction is predicted for later in the week, hopefully lowering temperatures and humidity to slow the fire’s progress.

 

Full-time employment plunges

Full-time employment has plummeted to its weakest point in 16 months, despite a small decrease in the rate of unemployment.

Christchurch State of Emergency and more Zedlines

A state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch overnight as bushfires broke out, before merging into one large flame.

The fire is estimated to take up 1850 hectares of land and is still growing. 

Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes as fires threatened the suburbs, with at least eight properties burned down so far. 

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton says the region has been unusually dry for the past three years and the grass in the hills has turned brown over the summer.

Evacuation centres have been set up for residents who have been displaced.

 

Abortion Decriminalisation Rally

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. 

 

JFP Protests Amanda Palmer's Tour and more Zedlines...

Palestinian rights activists have picketed Amanda Palmer’s Brisbane gigs, saying she supports Apartheid by performing in Israel. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Justice for Palestinians Brisbane have said they handed out hundreds of leaflets and spoke to many Palmer fans who were not aware she did not respect the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) and continues to perform in Israel.

In 2013, a group, of over 1300 BDS members asked her not to play in Tel Aviv citing Palestinian activists who ask artists to respect the boycott and to find out more about Israel’s occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and more Zedlines...

An Indian women’s rights group have appealed to religious leaders to end Female Genital Mutilation, ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for the practice. (Image Source: flickr/MONUSCO Photos)

The group, Speak Out on FGM, said they want to draw the UN’s attention to the issue in India, where young girls are still being subjected to the practice.

The group launched two petitions on Change.org to urge the UN to recognise India as a country where FGM is still being practised.

 

Queensland premier rules out One Nation partnership

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed Labor will not join forces with One Nation to form government.

Peace Pilgrims face lengthy sentences and more Zedlines

Six “peace pilgrims” who were arrested last September on the Pine Gap US military intelligence base have now received a court summons, each facing maximum penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment. Image source: Andy Paine

The defendants were charged with Trespass under the Defence Special Undertakings Act, but had the charges dropped due to the law regarding the Act requiring the expressed consent of the federal attorney-general causing confusion, with judge Daynor Trigg describing the legislation as “a bit of nonsense”.

Peace pilgrim Andy Paine said the Pine Gap base itself should be put on trial, as the US base operates in virtual secrecy, targeting drone strikes that kill foreign civilians.

 

Clive Palmer’s wife ordered to give evidence

Snake Catcher calls for Queenslanders to educate themselves on snakebites and more Zedlines....

A rise in snake bite incidents throughout the state has snake catchers calling on Queenslanders to educate themselves on avoiding snake bites. (Image Source: Flickr)

A recent survey has found many Australians don’t know how to deal with attacks from venomous creatures, and one in four would not know what to do if bitten or stung by one.

 

Yeppoon snake catcher, Anthony Bailey, says while snake bites can be unavoidable, there are precautions people can take to protect themselves. He says you should never take things into your own hands, instead call the professionals to avoid putting yourself at risk.

 

Sunshine Coast to tackle beach erosion

 

Queensland Lockout Laws Scrapped and more Zedlines

In local News The proposed 1am Queensland lock out laws have been scrapped and will be replaced by mandatory ID scanners in the Valley precinct. (source: wikimedia)

A 1am lockout law was set to be introduced in February for venues trading until 3 am, but Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement late yesterday afternoon after a report into the first six months of the Government’s laws to curb alcohol fuelled violence was discussed by cabinet.

The mandatory ID scanners are set to be installed by mid-2017.

Report Shows 9000 Unsafe at Home
The Queensland Government’s Child and Family Performance Statistics report has found over 9000 children are not safe in their own home.

Melbourne Tram network set to go Solar and more Zedlines...

Melbourne’s entire tram network is set to use solar energy by the end of 2018. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

 

The State Government plans to build a new solar energy plant in regional Victoria, with half the energy produced by the farms, expected to offset the amount of electricity needed to run 401 trams on Melbourne’s network.

 

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio says the plan is a world first, with the Government committed to growing renewable energy. The Government says the project would create 300 new jobs.

Climate Council warns warmer temperature could affect Queensland

Thousands of properties without power in South Australia and more Zedlines

33,000 properties are without power in South Australia, after wild storms moved across the state, with Adelaide being hardest hit.

 

SA Power Networks spokesman Paul Roberts saying crews were working frantically to restore power, but many people would be without power for an extended period.

 

This storm is one of many in recent months that has caused damage to the South Australian electricity network.

 

Australia’s largest aluminium smelter set to cut jobs

Australia’s largest aluminium smelter Boyne Smelters has announced it will cut jobs and production due to massive electricity price hikes.

 

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