Federal Politics

Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

Malaria vaccine breakthrough by Griffith University and more zedlines

World’s first anti-malaria vaccine developed at Griffith University. Image Source: Wikimedia/Hugo A. Quintero G.

The vaccine developed by researchers at Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital has tested safe for humans to take and is subject to further research.

The groundbreaking research vaccine is being considered to be used in countries where malaria is an endemic problem. The disease affects half of the world’s population.

 

M1 Motorway upgrade to start later this year

A funding agreement for the M1 Motorway upgrade has been reached.

Residents warned ahead of cyclone Debbie and more zedlines

Evacuation of high flood risk regions has been ordered in north Queensland as Cyclone Debbie intensifies. Image Source: Wikipedia/Suomi NPP Satellite

Hundreds have been evacuated from Burdekin and the Whitsundays and Regional Council Mayor Andrew Wilcox said those unable to leave should seek shelter with friends and family in ‘high, dry places.’

A shelter is operating in Bowen, but only has a capacity of 800. The Category II cyclone is expected to be upgraded to a Category IV system before making landfall tomorrow.

 

Boom gate collision rates concerns Queensland rail

High level crossing collision rates for Queensland rail.

March Law Report

This month we speak with Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh about the two abortion law reform Private Member Bills that were withdrawn from Parliament in February; the QLD Law Reform Commission; and a High Court finding involving Clive Palmer arguing some tricky constitutional points.

Cane toad introduced to national park and more Zedlines

Tourists may be responsible for bringing a cane toad into Mount Kosciuszko National Park. [Image source: Simple Wikipedia]

Cane toads are introduced pests spreading throughout Australia, but had never before been found in the southern alpine environments of NSW.

Anyone visiting national parks is advised to check their vehicles for unwanted pests.

Gay Panic defence abolished

A bill to scrap the controversial Gay Panic defence has officially been passed in Queensland Parliament this week.

How hard is it to strike in Australia?

Newly appointed Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus told the ABC’s 7:30 program last week that she did not have a problem with workers breaking the law when those laws are unjust.

Criticism of the comments was swift from the business sector, conservative politicians, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten later distancing himself and the Labor party from McManus’ words.

Pigs bring home the bacon and more Zedlines

Eight little pigs ran all the way to the finish line raising $8000 for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service at the seventh annual Sandy Creek Pig Races. (Image: Food 4 Your Mood)

The event held near Warwick on Saturday attracted hundreds of Darling Down locals making the race one of the most successful fundraisers for the charity in the region.

Last calendar year, the Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter completed 587 missions, including 458 inter-hospital transfers, four neonatal transfers, 121 airlifts from the scene of an accident or incident and four search and rescues, in a service worth over $7.3 million to the region.

Brisbane to keep character

Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild stitching for a good cause and more Zedlines

The Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild is quilting for a cause donating quilts to domestic violence women's shelters. (Image:Flickr)

The group has set up stall at the four day expo intocraft LIVE at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this week where they will sell raffle tickets to fund the charitable quilt making.

The group donated around 30 quilts last year, a number they hope to match in 2017.

Stay-at-home dad turn Miami film fest winner
A stay at home dad has left his name in lights after winning big at the prestigious Miami film festival.

Norway named the world’s happiest country and more Zedlines

A chilly climate isn’t keeping Norway from basking in the glow of being named the world’s happiest country yesterday. (Source: Flickr - Ronel Reyes)

The Scandinavian country has taken out the top spot ahead of Nordic neighbours Denmark and Iceland according to the 2017 UN World Happiness Report

Australia tied with Sweden for ninth position behind perennial rival New Zealand.

Python undergoes radiation

Three-year-old carpet python Lucas is said to be second ever reptile to undergo radiation treatment in Australia after beginning on Friday.

Centrelink staff to strike, and more zedlines...

Staff from Medicare, Centrelink and child support services around Australia will be walking off the job today, after a lengthy pay dispute appears to be going nowhere.

The human services staff have been in negotiations for over three years without a pay rise, yet the department is refusing to budge.

Community and Public Sector Union, National Secretary, Nadine Flood, says all the workers want to do is to hold on to the rights and conditions that have been in place for years, and allow them to balance their working and family lives.

The strike is set to take place between 1:30pm and 8:30pm AEDT today.

 

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