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.


Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.


New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

U.S Army to develop biodegradable bullets that turn into plants, and more Zedlines

Could biodegradable bullets help save the environment? (Image source: flickr)

The U.S Army are currently looking to develop biodegradable bullets that would eventually turn into plants.

Empty shells from fired bullets and ammunition contain components that take a hundred or more years to biodegrade, the new ammo will have biodegradable composites embedded with seeds.

The initiative will allow for future proving grounds as well as training grounds worldwide to become a haven for green trees.


Eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

10 year Queensland public housing plan to encourage children to earn and learn, and more Zedlines

Queensland Government pledges to focus on supporting children in public housing to continue earning or learning. Source: sourceable

The Palaszczuk Government is looking to break down barriers which stop children in public housing from earning or learning when they finish school.

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick De Brenni said the upcoming 10 year strategy will focus on ending intergenerational dependency on welfare by encouraging young people to study or work ... without penalising their parents.

He said some parts of the public housing system act as a disincentive for young people to get out into the workforce by doubling their parents rent if the children begin full time work.


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.

MP Laming Gets D on Report Card and more Zedlines...

A Bowman teacher has marked a Facebook post by Federal Liberal MP Andrew Laming, following his post asking whether teachers were back at work or "lesson planning" from home. Image Source: Facebook/Katrina Crook

The Brisbane bayside MP sparked controversy with the post, and teacher Katrina Crook felt compelled to mark it after his short reply was littered with grammatical errors.

Hundreds commented and shared the post before it was deleted. Ms Crook says she’s tired of teachers being picked out as easy targets.


Community raises funds for family of slain bus driver

More than $90,000 has been raised for the family of slain Brisbane City Council bus driver, Manmeet Sharma.

Tigerair flights to Bali cancelled today and more Zedlines...

Tigerair flights in and out of Bali have been cancelled today as the airline’s dispute with the Indonesian government continues.

The Indonesian government accuses Tigerair of not following the conditions of its license which revolves around ticketing arrangements.

Tigerair says in a statement they are working with the Indonesian government and are moving towards meeting those requirements.

Furthering agriculture education for Brisbane students

120 agriculture teachers from regional areas have attended a conference in Brisbane to learn the latest in agriculture and take the new information back to their students.

Telescope to enhance search for distant planets and more Zedlines

One of the world’s largest telescopes will be altered to allow it to search for habitable planets in the nearest star system. (Image Source: Flickr)

The European Space Observatory’s telescope in Chile will now be able to more effectively search for planets in Alpha Centauri.

The changes will permit the telescope to drown out stellar light that affects the visibility of dimmer planets, increasing their visibility from Earth.

Further advancements planned for the 2020’s will enhance astronomers’ understanding on the nature of the star system.

Wall Collapses at Brisbane School

Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine