Federal Politics

Your web is about to get carbon-neutral, and more Zedlines

Google goes green with renewable energy pledge into 2017 and beyond.(Image source: Flickr)

Google have announced an installment of purchased renewable energy will be used in all of the company's data services and offices by 2017.

The project - which started in 2010, will be making an environmentally conscious step in buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of energy the company consumes globally.

Google will also be opening up a new environmental awareness website to report its various initiatives, such as pollution sensors on street cars and a project to stop illegal fishing.

 

Santa ditches sleigh for parachute and more Zedlines

A parachuting Santa Claus has dropped in on the Italian town of Amatrice, an area strongly affected by a powerful earthquake in August. (Image source: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson)

A group of eight skydivers, with one dressed as Santa, landed in a nearby village and handed out presents to local children as well as donating over $4000 to aid reconstruction of local schools and nurseries.

Skydiver Enrico Marcucci says it was a beautiful thing to bring joy to children who now live in tents and temporary housing following the earthquake which killed 300 people in August.

 

Construction Commences on Townsville Disability Housing

Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club receives Dignity First Fund and more Zedlines

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced this morning that Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club will receive $259,000 from the Dignity First Fund. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club receives Dignity First Fund

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced this morning that Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club will receive $259,000 from the Dignity First Fund.

The Fund is a $2.5 million grant for organisations that demonstrate innovate responses to help people experiencing homelessness live with dignity.

A further 23 organisations will also receive funding, with further announcements to come.

 

Queensland Police in hot water over “illegal” speed camera

38,000 Queenslanders set to miss urgent dental treatment and more Zedlines...

The Turnbull Government’s failure to deliver a new national dental scheme will place up to 38,000 Queenslanders at risk of missing vital dental treatment. (Image: Pixabay)

38,000 Queenslanders set to miss urgent dental treatment

The Turnbull Government’s failure to deliver a new national dental scheme will place up to 38,000 Queenslanders at risk of missing vital dental treatment.

State Health Minister Cameron Dick says the final opportunity to legislate a new scheme before December 31 has passed with the Commonwealth giving no indication as to whether current arrangements will roll over.

Severe lightning wakes up South East Queensland and more zedlines

A severe lightning storm has again woken South-east Queensland residents early this morning.

A severe lightning storm has again woken South East Queensland residents early this morning.

Brisbane, Ipswich and the Sunshine coast were hit at around 3am with storm chasers describing the turbulent weather as a lightning bombardment. 

The Bureau of Meteorology did not issue a warning. 

Tourist struck by lightning on Mt Warning identified

A tourist found dead in his Mt Warning tent after being struck by lighting has been identified as American backpacker Sam Beattie. 

Federal government encourages Adani to seek loan from private sector and more Zedlines

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The federal government says Indian energy giant Adani will only be granted a concessional loan from the Australian government if it can't raise the money for a railway line linked to its Carmichael coal mine privately.

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. 

The Queensland government vowed not to use state funds but is supportive of the loan being granted because of the jobs and royalties that will result.

Federal Court recognises native title rights of the Bigambul people, and more Zedlines

Native title rights of Bigambul people formally recognised by Federal Court. (Photo source: flickr)

A special Federal Court hearing has formally recognised native title rights of the Bigambul people over land and waters between Inglewood and St George.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham said the decision recognises and protects the Bigambul people’s native title rights and also provides a revenue stream for the traditional owners through land use agreement.

Government advisor pushes for 15% fee on student loans, and more Zedlines

Grattan Institute's Andrew Norton urges 15% on student loans. (Image source: Common Dreams)

A Federal Government advisor is urging the government to consider adding a 15% loan fee on government-funded student loans, saying it is a fair way to reach the budget goal of spending less on university education.

Federal education advisor, Andrew Norton said the government could save $700 million a year by imposing a 15% fee on its student loans, including HECS-HELP loans, which won’t be paid upfront but would be added to the principal of the loan amount.

No Business in Abuse; Love Makes A Way

On November 17 Immigration Minister Peter Dutton claimed the Fraser Government made mistakes letting refugees fleeing war in Lebanon into Australia. On November 21 he justified his comments during question time by saying that 22 people out of 33 who had been charged with possible terrorist acts were second- and third-generation Lebanese–Australians. These claims were designed specifically to justify the current government’s harsh stance on refugees fleeing wars and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Sri Lanka.

Warning ahead of summer heatwave and more Zedlines

Experts are warning against underestimating the dangers of heat waves as Queensland is expected to experience soaring temperatures this week (image source: Flickr, Adeel Anwer).

The Bureau of Meteorology has devised a system to classify heatwaves similar to the way cyclones are classified.

Dr Thomas Loridan says many people underestimate the dangers of heatwaves, and they can pose a threat akin to that of other natural disasters, as every 100,000 people exposed to a category five heatwave would result in at least three fatalities.

 

Super bill draws criticism

Pages