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Science savvy kids and more Zedlines

Citizen science raised to new heights, with kids signing up to help document Australian species in app ‘Atlas Living Australia’.

Wildlife spotter aims to make science fun while adding to a national database of Australian species. 

Children take and upload photos identifying their finds and those made by others.

Australian University evolution ecologist Professor Craig Moritz says “it actually gets kids out in the real world getting interested in our biodiversity."

 

 

A strategy to strengthen the future of volunteering

A street artist paints a powerful anti-Adani mural on the wall of the Greens Office in New Farm and more Zedlines

The painting depicts Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a gun pointed at Nemo, from Disney’s Finding Nemo, with “REEF KILLER” written next to it.

 Sydney artist Scott Marsh says he is absolutely disgusted by the Adani Carmichael mine, and vowed to continue producing Adani-inspired artworks.

 

 

Queensland in full swing for National Reconciliation Week.

Infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane are lighting up to create awareness  for National Reconciliation and will be lit until June 3.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Senate Inquiry into Centrelink Debt Program and other Zedlines...

The final hearing of a senate inquiry into Centrelink’s Automated Debt Program will take place today in Canberra. (Image: Wikipedia)

The inquiry comes after more than two hundred thousand individuals have received false debt recovery letters, making one in five of the notices inaccurate.

Anglicare Australia, who are attending the hearing today, say that Centrelink is creating fear among citizens when it is the agency responsible for assisting those most in need.

 

Fairfax Spends Half a Billion on Redundancies

Fairfax Media have spent half a billion dollars on redundancies in the past nine years, a senate inquiry has found.

Rollout of Commonwealth Games train fleet delayed

Design issues have delayed the rollout of new Gold Coast trains that are being brought in to accommodate for additional commuters during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Image source: wikimedia)

The $4.4 billion fleet, which is being built in India, was halted after the State Government discovered significant problems with driver visibility, braking systems, air-conditioning and ventilation.

Transport Minister Jackie Trad had hoped that some of the 15 extra trains needed would have been deployed by the end of 2016.

Gin recalled after alcohol content found to have doubled and more Zedlines...

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for all Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, after the alcohol content was found to be almost double the advertised amount. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

The gin, which is supposed to contain a 40 per cent alcohol content, is currently at a moderate 77 per cent, after a customer expressed their dissatisfaction with the taste.

No illnesses have been reported from the batch.

Premier announces licensing scheme for labour hire companies

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that labour hire companies in Queensland will be regulated by a new licensing scheme designed to target rogue operators.

Shorten calls out Turnbull and more Zedlines

Labor have said they’d triple fees for skilled migrant visas to work in Australia, establish a new visa for academics and set up a new training fund.

They'd also establish a new independent body to test if the jobs could be filled by Australians first.

Bill Shorten has come out and called Turnbull’s abolition of the 457 visa a ‘con job’.

 

Extremely rare albino orangutan rescued in Borneo

A rare albino, blue-eyed Orangutan rescued in Borneo could soon be released back into the wild.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation is looking after the female orangutan, they say she’s showing some wild behaviour and should be able to return.

Federal Labor changes stance on Adani mine and more Zedlines

Federal Labor has backflipped on its views of the Adani Coal mine planned for the Galilee Basin. Image source: Flickr - John Englart

Labor spokesperson for energy and environment, Mark Butler, now warns that the Carmichael mine could hurt other coal mining areas of Australia, only weeks after Bill Shorten had hoped things ‘stacked up’ in favour of the mine.

With funding now stripped by Westpac and its new climate change policy, the future of the controversial mine is looking bleak.

Brisbane River swallows more toxic foam

A second toxic foam spill into the Brisbane River has occurred in Narangba after a transport container ruptured, leaking upstream from Lagoon Creek.

Allegations of breaches by One Nation Party and more Zedlines

One Nation is facing fresh allegations of breaching electoral rules, with the Labor party referring them to Queensland authorities. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

ALP senator Murray Watt claims One Nation secretly shifted their legal structuring last late year and could face deregistration if the allegations are true.

The report, released by The Saturday Paper, suggests senator Pauline Hanson failed to notify the Queensland Electoral Commission and One Nation members of the changes, which shift legal liability away from senior party members.

Cyclone Debbie insurance forums held for those affected

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