Federal Politics

MP Ken Wyatt promoted to Minister for aged care and Indigenous health and more Zedlines

West Australian Indigenous MP Ken Wyatt will become the first Indigenous Minister to be promoted to cabinet, serving as the new Minister for aged care and Indigenous health. (Image source: Ken Wayatt and Julie Bishop - Wikipedia.com)

Malcolm Turnbull announced in a speech yesterday - Mr. Wyatt is an ideal choice for the ministry, given his extensive knowledge and experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health, coupled with his work as an assistant minister in his portfolio.

Mr Wyatt addressed social media yesterday that he was deeply honored to have been promoted to the ministry.

 

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.

 

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole and more Zedlines

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings. (image: wikimedia commons)

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board is among several groups that have warned the federal government it’s proposed same-sex marriage bill contains a loophole that could promote discrimination.

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings.

Whale hunting still occurring in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary

The ABC revealed images this weekend of a Japanese whaling boat with a covered minke whale on board.  The photos show that Japan is continuing its whale hunting expeditions  for what they call ‘scientific research’. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with Darren Kindleysides the Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society about this whaling incident and what Australia can do to stop it.

Yeelirrie Mine Given the Green Light and more Zedlines

The Western Australian Government has approved Cameco’s Yeelirrie mine proposal despite the Environmental Protection Agency knocking back the proposal last year. (image: Australian manufacturing)

In August last year, the Western Australian watchdog denied Cameco’s proposal due to the fact it failed to protect subterranean fauna, 1 of 9 key environmental factors.

State Development Minister Bill Marmoin believes the uranium industry has the potential to economically benefit the state.

It was discovered the proposed mining site in Northern Goldfields is home to tiny stygofauna and troglofauna.

6 People Rescued in Outback Queensland

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

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.

Leaked memo from Centrelink ordered Staff not to process disputes and more Zedlines....

A leaked internal memo from Centrelink management ordered frontline staff working in branches not to process disputes over the Government’s debt collection scheme. (Image Source Flickr)

 

Obtained by the 7.30 Report, the memo says staff must not process any activities in relation to the Online Compliance Intervention, and should instead refer customers to the online portal… despite reports the portals availability has been patchy.

 

The memo appears to contradict Human Services Minister Alan Tudge’s who says those having trouble with the online and telephone services can go into a Centrelink office and see someone within 10 minutes.

Gold Coast MP Defends Misters using Taxpayer Money

 

STI rates burning as cases spike, and more Zedlines...

Queensland STI cases spike, according to Queensland Health. (Image Source: JISC)

STIs on the rise

The amount of Queenslanders with sexually transmitted diseases is significantly higher according to Queensland Health, with cases of gonorrhoea increasing by 32% in 2016.

Figures show STIs have increased by 10% in the last year.

Dr Wendell Rosevear, who runs a Brisbane-based medical centre that specialises in sexual health, said a change in dating culture may be behind the spike in cases.

Dr Rosevear said the new ways people connect over the internet for ‘instant sex’ allows people to have multiple partners in a day.

 

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