Federal Politics

Koalas are given a new home and more Zedlines

15,000 eucalyptus trees are being planted in the Gold Coast to feed Koalas. Image source: common.wikimedia

Hinze Dam provides new home for Koalas

The Gold Coast hinterland’s Hinze Dam saw to the planting of 15,000 eucalyptus trees to feed Koalas.

Senior veterinarian, Dr Michael Pyne, said Koala hospital admissions were the result of disease and lack of food. The toll of admissions rises each year with the number of admissions expected to surpass 300 this year.

Dr Pyne said 10,000 more eucalyptus trees are needed, as feeding Koalas is the big issue.

 

New study to assess calcium build-up

Number of female coalition MPs lowest since 1993 and more Zedlines

The number of women among coalition MP’s is now the lowest since 1993, after the 2016 election saw the proportion of women in parliament fall to 17 per cent. (Image source: wikipedia)

Windorah solar farm breaks down

The Windorah solar farm has broken down, with concerns mounting that the project may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Opened in 2009 by the Queensland Labor Government and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the solar farm was intended to generate 300,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, but according to locals has done little more than offset the cost of diesel.

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time and more Zedlines

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights. (Image source: en.wikipedia.org)

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights.

Yesterday, Federal Court justice Ronald Mansfield ordered the Northern Territory government to pay 3.3 million dollars in compensation to the traditional owners of Timber Creek, which the government had built infrastructure on against their wishes.

Senator Claire Moore calls for better pedestrian signage in Fortitude Valley and more Zedlines

Queensland Senator Claire Moore, is petitioning the Brisbane City Council to address a dangerous intersection at the corner of Martin Street and Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley. The street is currently designated with a ‘give way to pedestrian’ sign that Senator Moore says are inadequately placed for motorists to see and pedestrians wait to avoid collisions. Source: Tim Swanston

Senator Claire Moore calls for better pedestrian signage in Fortitude Valley

Queensland Senator Claire Moore, is petitioning the Brisbane City Council to address a dangerous intersection at the corner of Martin Street and Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley.

The street is currently designated with a ‘give way to pedestrian’ sign that Senator Moore says are inadequately placed for motorists to see and pedestrians wait to avoid collisions.

More than 100 year old Trees poisoned in Queens Park Ipswich

Free shower van for the homeless trialled in Brisbane and more Zedlines

The van will offer free showers alongside their popular laundry van, which is run by the help of over six hundred volunteers.

Free shower van for the homeless trialled in Brisbane

A van providing free hot showers for the homeless is being trialled in Brisbane thanks to the team behind Orange Sky Laundry.

The van will offer free showers alongside their popular laundry van, which is run by the help of over six hundred volunteers.

Nic Marchesi, co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry, says that all people should be able to have clean clothes and access shower facilities. 

Olympics feasibility study

Are you going to fill out the Census?

All manner of information and disinformation flew around in the weeks and days leading into the Census on Aug 9. What’s being collected; how much is being collected; who can use the information; and how long will the information be kept for? Why does the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) need our names? Then on census night, the website was taken down a little after 7pm after an alleged denial of service ‘attack’. We’re still none the wiser as to what actually happened. And there really hasn’t been an adequate explanation from the Turnbull Government or the ABS.

Parliamentary review into black lung disease announced and other Zedlines

Following the re-emergence of cases of black lung the Palaszczuk Government has announced a parliamentary review into the disease. Image credit: Wikipedia.

Black lung to receive parliamentary review

The Queensland Government has announced it will set up a parliamentary review into the re-emergence of black lung disease.

After new cases were announced this year an ABC investigation found 4 compensation claims of black lung made between 2007 and 2012.

Victoria allows gender change on birth certificate and more Zedlines

New legislation set to take action in Victoria will allow trans and gender-diverse people to apply for a new birth certificate without the need for divorce or sex-altering surgery.

Victoria allows gender change on birth certificate 

New legislation set to take action in Victoria will allow trans and gender-diverse people to apply for a new birth certificate without the need for divorce or sex-altering surgery.

Under the changes, a consenting adult over the age of 16 can apply to alter their registered sex on Victorian birth records, and can choose to identify as male, female, or specify a non-binary gender.

Western Australia shows support for asylum seekers and more Zedlines

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has declared his support for accommodating asylum seekers from Nauru following the announcement of the upcoming closure of Manus Island Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea. (Image Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Western Australia shows support for asylum seekers

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has declared his support for accommodating asylum seekers from Nauru following the announcement of the upcoming closure of Manus Island Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea.

Closure of Manus Island detention centre and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches. Image: Wikimedia

Closure of Manus Island detention centre
Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches.

Manus Island, which currently houses 854 asylum seekers, came under renewed fire after two thousand files were leaked detailing reports of physical and sexual assault at the site.

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