Federal Politics

Refugee advocates hold vigil for Hamid Khazaei as inquest draws to close

Refugee Action Collective vigil (RAC Facebook)

As a coronial inquest into the death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei is set to close this week, advocates today staged a vigil outside the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court hoping to draw attention to the situation surrounding his death.

Mr Khazaei died of septicaemia in a Brisbane hospital in 2014 thirteen days after presenting with an infected cut in Australia’s Manus Island immigration detention centre.

Protests at Westpac to stop the Adani mine

Yesterday protests took place around the country at Westpac banks to protest their involvement in the Adani mine due to environmental concerns. While some of the other banks have distanced themselves from the mine Westpac is still currently involved in investments with the mine. Brisbane Line Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Moira Williams a community campaigner from 350.org about the environmental campaign that is happening against this mine. 

 

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Islamophobic statements can harm trade deals and more Zedlines

Barnaby Joyce has warned against using anti-Muslim statements, as it can harm trade deals with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. (Image source: Wikimedia)

The National Party leader said as agriculture minister he had to deal with a number of Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, importing tonnes of Australian wheat and cattle.

He is concerned the anti-Islamic statements and interference by One Nation will cause the government to have problems in trade.

 

Catholic church sheds light on sex abuse claims

The Catholic Church has revealed the number of child abuse claims at each of their schools and homes.

Fires continue in Christchurch and more zedlines

A state of emergency continues in Christchurch, New Zealand, as more than 200 firefighters battle a raging bushfire heading into its fourth day. Image source: Wikimedia

At least 1,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, while more than 11 houses having been destroyed by the blaze, which covers more than 1,800 hectares.

Emergency workers said a change in wind direction is predicted for later in the week, hopefully lowering temperatures and humidity to slow the fire’s progress.

 

Full-time employment plunges

Full-time employment has plummeted to its weakest point in 16 months, despite a small decrease in the rate of unemployment.

The Breakfast Club On The Move and more Zedlines

Redcliffe charity, The Breakfast Club will be moving from their community hall into a van to travel across South East Queensland to deliver essentials to the homeless.

The organisation which serves over 900 meals every month to those in need and has just received a grant from the State Government’s Dignity First Fund to help purchase a van.

Chairwoman, Ros Thomsen, says the new set of wheels will help them expand their services to harder to reach areas from Brighton to Deception Bay.

The van will also be used to help move furniture for people who find housing and transport donations.

 

Renting is difficult but I’m too poor to buy a house and more Zedlines

Australia’s first housing tenants survey has revealed Australian’s have poor security and minimal power to demand standard property maintenance.

The survey shows a large portion of tenants put up with poor quality housing out of fear complaining to their landlords will result in eviction.

Spokesperson for consumer group Choice, Matt Levey, says 83 per cent of people surveyed were either on 12 month or non-fixed term leases, meaning they potentially would not know where they will be living in a year’s time.

 

Ergon’s new tariff structure to be decided soon

State Oppositions hold renewable energy target practice amid push for clean coal

Image: Blackwater BMA mine (Matt Dennien)

Liberal State Oppositions in Victoria, SA and QLD have this week claimed they will scrap state-based renewable energy targets, allowing the Federal Government to call the shots should they win office.

Tickets to travel for criminals and more Zedlines

A former official for the Venezuelan government in Iraq has voiced concerns that criminals and even terrorists may be freely traveling on ‘authentic’ Venezuelan passports.

A former official for the Venezuelan government in Iraq has voiced concerns that criminals and even terrorists may be freely traveling on ‘authentic’ Venezuelan passports.

The passports were allegedly sold at profit to any patron who sought one and allow consumers to enter 130 countries without a visa.

Discovery of serious irregularity in Venezuelan passports and visas as well as supporting documentation supplied by the former official provide reason to undergo thorough investigation.

Snap rally to support Renewable Energy

A rally takes place at 1pm on the 14th of February to show support for renewable energy after the LNP has attacked targets made in various states.  I spoke to Ellen Roberts from Get Up! about this rally and the state of renewable energy in Queensland. 

 

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Turnbull in need of One Nation to hold onto Queensland and more Zedlines

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. (Image source: Pixabay)

A new Galaxy poll shows the Turnbull government will need the preferences of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party to retain Queensland in the next election. 

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. 

Much of the coalition's support has shifted to One Nation, whose primary vote has risen from 5.5 points to 18 percent. 

 

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