Federal Politics

New Zealand to exterminate all introduced species and more Zedlines

In a world first, the New Zealand government has announced the introduction of a radical pest extermination programme that aims to wipe out introduced species of rats, stoats and possums by 2050.

Palaszczuk to review proposed terror laws

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will explore Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for the indefinite detention of convicted terrorists.

Mr Turnbull has urged state and territory leaders to support state-based legislation that sees the treatment of terrorists the same as dangerous sex offenders.

Ms Palaszczuk said she will look very closely at the intentions behind the Prime Minister’s  counter-terrorism plans.

Specialist training for Queensland teachers

Calls for aged care reform and more Zedlines

There are calls for security cameras to be installed in rooms of aged care residents after disturbing footage revealed elder abuse by a staff member in an aged care facility. 

Toxic ash discovery 
Over 1,000 tonnes of toxic ash and coal waste is being stored on South-East Queensland properties illegally, according to a report by the ABC. 

The contractor implicated has rights to resell the coal waste, but it is instead being stockpiled on properties in Gympie and Pinkenba. 

The coal waste, from Government owned coal mines can be potentially harmful to humans if it is inhaled. 

LNP Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the discovery is “disturbing”. 

DNC apologises to Sanders after email leak and more Zedlines

The Democratic National Convention has apologised to Bernie Sanders after an email leak.

Updated curriculum for Queensland schools

Queensland teachers will be given greater freedom and control on how they teach core curriculum from term one next year.

The changes are expected to reduce teachers workload, and streamline curriculum and subjects, giving students a better learning experience.

Minister for Education Kate Jones said the updated curriculum will be clearer, allowing teachers more time to focus on revision.

Error in Herbert recount

Woolworths store closures and job cuts

Woolworths has announced it will slash 500 jobs and close 21 underperforming stores as part of a billion dollar restructure.

Push to make new states within Queensland

New cabinet minister Matt Canavan is pushing the state parliament to allow for the election of more federal senators -and make new states within Queensland.

Senator Canavan says the US had a population of 30 million when it had 25 states, and that points out  Australia still has the same number of states since Federation.

The Senator vows to push for a change in the LNP policy by the party’s convention next year, in hopes the idea can become part of the National Agenda.

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Calls for tougher overseas travel rules for politicians

There have been renewed calls to tighten overseas travel rules for federal politicians after details emerged of a $144,000 taxpayer-funded trip to South America.

High Court to hear matter on deaf jury discrimination

A deaf juror excluded from an Ipswich District Court jury, will today have her discrimination case heard by the the High Court in Brisbane.

Gaye Lyons alleges that the Queensland Government, in refusing to provide her with an Auslan interpreter, discriminated against her on the basis of her disability.

Disability and law advocates have applauded Ms Lyons for bringing the matter to the courts, which will determine whether the hearing-impaired have the right to serve on a jury.

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Australia slips to fourth on Child Prosperity Index and more Zedlines

Australia ranks fourth on the Child Prosperity Index report by the aid agency, Save the Children, slipping from last year’s previous position of third place. Image Source: Flickr

QLD Government will repeal anti-bikie legislation

The State Government is planning to repeal anti-bikie legislation laws from the Newman government era this year.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said that outlaw motorcycle crime only makes up 1 per cent of crime in Queensland. However, the Government is determined to keep cracking down on outlaw motorcycle clubs when new organised crime laws are introduced.

QLD set to ban Wicked Camper Vans and more Zedlines

Wicked Camper vans are set to be banned in Queensland after 49 complaints against the company were made between 2010 and 2015. Image source: Flickr

QLD set to ban Wicked Camper Vans

Wicked Camper vans are set to be banned in Queensland after 49 complaints against the company were made between 2010 and 2015.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said there are plans to amend laws to ban commercial vehicles which do not comply with the Advertising Standards Bureau. 

Ms D'Ath said that she believes this change will be a first for the nation.

RACQ finds 1 in 3 students are taking selfies while driving

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.

LNP cabinet sworn in

Malcolm Turnbull’s new government is being sworn in today, but there are a couple of aspects of his new ministry that has political commentators worried.

 

Political scientist Sarah Maddison says the increased National presence in cabinet doesn’t match up with voter’s attitudes, and the lack of female-held portfolios is disappointing, but typical of the LNP.

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Union fears safety as Airservices cuts up to one in five jobs and more Zedlines

Airservices Australia will cut up to one in five jobs this Wednesday, following a fall in profitability, with its first loss of $13.5 million this year. (Image Source: Pexels)

Barrett Centre Inquiry Finalised
An inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Centre, a specialist adolescent mental health facility has found that former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg was “poorly advised”.

The inquiry, handed down by Commissioner Margaret Wilson, also found a lack of communication between parents, families and staff and insufficient record keeping.

Three former patients committed suicide after the centre was closed, and patients were moved into different care arrangements.

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