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Federal government teaching test not-compulsury for Queensland graduates and more Zedlines

The Queensland College of Teachers is allowing teaching graduates to postpone sitting the federal government’s new literacy and numeracy tests until next year. Image Source: Holyrood

Federal government teaching test not-compulsury for Queensland graduates

The Queensland College of Teachers is allowing teaching graduates to postpone sitting the federal government’s new literacy and numeracy tests until next year.

Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones said the federal tests were unfunded, and Queensland universities wanted to hold off until next year before requiring students to take the test, so they would not be retroactively charged for it.

Mass grave of greyhounds found and more Zedlines

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds. Photo: Wikipedia

Mass grave of greyhounds found

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds.

The dogs buried there are believed to have been killed between two thousand and nine and two thousand and thirteen because they were under-performing and no longer needed.

Palaszuk in Talks With Netflix and More Zedlines!

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszuk says her government is in discussion with US streaming service Netflix to create local content. (Image: Youtube.com)

Palaszuk in talks with Netflix

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszuk says her government is in discussion with US streaming service Netflix to create local content.

Premier Palaszuk has revealed that during trade missions to the US she hosted a reception with the heads of major studios and that potential deals could come to fruition in the near future.

A spokeswoman for Palaszuk says while it is early stages in the negotiation process with Netflix they are hopeful about a positive outcome.

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police and more Zedlines...

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it. Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller says she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations. Source: News.com.au

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it.

Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller said she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations.

Miller said that Springborg told untruths to the estimates committee and will be writing to the authorities over what she believes is a breach of the criminal code.

Greyhound industry to remain in Queensland

Greyhound industry to remain in Queensland, Anne Aly first Muslim MP, Theresa May to become British PM

Greyhound industry to remain in Queensland

Racing Minister Grace Grace has thrown her support behind the greyhound industry, after a meeting with key stakeholders.

Grace Grace says that while the industry has a prosperous future in Queensland, it must ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare are upheld.

The decision follows the Baird Government's move to shut down greyhound racing in New South Wales, after a report revealed widespread animal cruelty.

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Fire-fighting chemicals put on the back-burner and more Zedlines

Two fire-fighting chemicals have been banned in Queensland after they did more harm than good, contaminating the water supply at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre. (Image source: Wikipedia)

 

Fire-fighting chemicals put on the back-burner

The Queensland Government has announced the ban of chemical fire-fighting foams which contaminated the water supply at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said strict policy was being enacted on firefighting foams Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOA) because of their environmental impact.

Dr Miles said the policy was about doing what was right for current and future generations based on the growing knowledge of these chemicals.

Start-up weekend to spark Indigenous business and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Indigenous Start-Up Weekend to spark interest in Indigenous business. (Image source: Wikipedia)

 

Start-up weekend to spark Indigenous business

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Indigenous Start-Up Weekend to encourage and teach young Indigenous people about the process of starting a business.

Founder Dean Foley, a Kamilaroi man, wants Indigenous people to see what business possibilities are out there and get them involved in the start-up community.

Mr Foley said the weekend is about working together for economic independence and taking those skills back to the community.

 

Turtle herpes spreading in North Queensland and more Zedlines

A turtle herpes outbreak in tropical North Queensland is raising fears that the potentially life-threatening disease is spreading amongst turtle populations.

Turtle herpes spreading in North Queensland

A turtle herpes outbreak in tropical North Queensland is raising fears that the potentially life-threatening disease is spreading amongst turtle populations.

A survey conducted earlier this year revealed half of the green turtle population just off West Point at Cockle Bay were infected with the disease that causes large tumours to grow on their heads, eyes and shoulders.

Bullying rates declining in Australian schools and more Zedlines...

A new study shows bullying in Australian schools has dropped almost a quarter in the past seven years. (Source: Wikicommons)

Doubling of retirement homes needed in Queensland

A consultancy group predicts several major cities in Queensland will need to double in retirement homes and double again in aged care units within the next two decades to keep up with the aging population.

RPS consultants found 5.7 per cent of Queenslanders live in retirement homes which now have a 91 per cent occupancy rate.

New UV sensor could help prevent skin cancer and more Zedlines

Australian researchers have developed a new wearable sensor that tells its user when they have been exposed to too much ultraviolet sunlight. (Source: Flickr)

Sea turtles with potentially deadly herpes lesions on the rise on Great Barrier Reef

The number of cases of sea turtles with a debilitating disease is increasing, and climate change may be at fault, according to a Queensland researcher.

The disease, called fibropapillomatosis or FP, is caused by the herpes virus and causes lesions on the turtle's body.

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