Federal Politics

Treatment of Rohingya likened to Apartheid... and more Zedlines

Amnesty International has come out in condemnation of the Myanmar government. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Amnesty International has condemned the Myanmar government for its policies which are restricting travel, hospital access and school attendance for Rohingya Muslims.

The human rights group has likened it to apartheid experienced by Native South Africans, as exploitation and discrimination is rife among Myanmar’s Border Guard Police.

Internationally, there have been calls for an arms embargo, targeted sanctions and an increased effort to ensure international aid money does not fund discriminatory projects.

Concerns over toxic landfill in East Timor and more Zedlines

There are fears for the health of young scavengers seeking a living in East Timor's unregulated Tibar Landfill near the capital Dili. (Image source: UN Photo/Martine Perret)

Children exposed to toxic conditions in East Timor 

There are fears for the health of young scavengers seeking a living in East Timor's Tibar Landfill near the capital Dili.

The unregulated dumping ground has been named an environmental and public catastrophe, and is home to lethal substances such as asbestos and untreated hospital waste. 

According to the World Health Organisation, "about 100 tonnes of hazadous wastes are produced every year in Dili from healthcare activities alone". 


Historical Context of Dual Citizenship

Malcolm Turnbull has set December 1st as a deadline for every politician to declare their citizenship status and provide proof that they have renounced any foreign citizenship. This comes after Greens leader Richard Di Natale threatened to ask the Governor General to dissolve the parliament after a fresh round of politicians revealed they were dual citizens.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia’s detention centres more than a week ago.


Snap protest held at the Department of Immigration and more Zedlines

People gathered at the Department of Immigration today calling on the government to act on the men stranded on Manus Island. Image credit: Grace Pashley

A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.

This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.

A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.

For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.

Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast

24-hour Manus Vigil Begins tonight... and more Zedlines

A 24 hour vigil and protest for refugees on Manus Island will begin outside of Peter Dutton’s electorate office in Strathpine tonight. (Image: Getup)

Protesters will remain camped in front of the Gympie Road site from 6pm today, until 6pm tomorrow.

Refugee Action Collective, organisers of the vigil, say it is time the minister and the government face up to their responsibilities as a part of the United Nations and its refugee conventions.

Want to get there? Peter Dutton's office is 350 meters from Strathpine train station, or a 40 minute drive from the CBD.

Severe storm hits Bundaberg

The worst non-cyclonic storm in a decade has hit Bundaberg and left the region without power overnight.

24 Hour vigil for Manus Island detainees to take place at Peter Dutton's Office

A 24 hour vigil is being organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD to support the 600 ex detainees that are stuck in Manus Island without food, water and medical supplies. Since the Detention Centre closed on the 31st of October with water and electricity being cut off the men are without basic amenities and a humanitarian crisis is under way. The men refuse to leave as they worry for their safety in the communities of Papau New Guinea. 4ZZZ Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Mark Gillespie from Refugee Action Collective about this planned action and the situation on Manus. 


Record-breaking excavation job in Brisbane slated for early 2018 and more Zedlines

One of the largest excavation jobs in Brisbane’s history is set to begin in early 2018. (Image credit: Max Pixel)

The excavation pit making way for the new Queens Wharf casino precinct, measuring 26 metres deep and embodying more than 450,000 cubic metres of materials will be removed in January.

Prior to this, the record holding excavation pit was that of the Myer Centre, which totalled 375,000 cubic metres.

The retrieved material will be repurposed for the new Brisbane Airport runway being built.


Rockhampton Mayor to run as independent in state election

Criminals selling fake dogs before Christmas and more Zedlines

Queensland Police are warning that scammers are using reputable trading websites, social media, and local newspapers to sell fake dogs in the lead up to Christmas.

The culprits are claiming they have recently moved interstate or overseas and are forcing buyers to pay for transport and medical expenses before the dogs can be delivered.

Police are urging Queenslanders not to trust an ad just because it appears in a legitimate newspaper or website, saying that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

LNP electricity policy raises concerns about solar power

Australia's Big Four Banks and why they probably don't care about the Government's Parliamentary Hearings

Twice a year Federal Parliament’s Committee on Economics puts the CEOs of Australia’s four biggest banks (the Big Four) in the hot seat and ask them tricky questions. In the face of an unending parade of scandals the opposition has called for a Royal Commission into the banks. The Turnbull Government has stated that the Parliamentary hearings are enough to pull the banks into line.

Do the banks take these hearings seriously? Probably not —  and here’s five reasons why:

1. The Australian Government hires the Big Four