Federal Politics

Science savvy kids and more Zedlines

Citizen science raised to new heights, with kids signing up to help document Australian species in app ‘Atlas Living Australia’.

Wildlife spotter aims to make science fun while adding to a national database of Australian species. 

Children take and upload photos identifying their finds and those made by others.

Australian University evolution ecologist Professor Craig Moritz says “it actually gets kids out in the real world getting interested in our biodiversity."

 

 

A strategy to strengthen the future of volunteering

A call to action for women's health and more Zedlines

The International Day of Action for Women’s Health advocates women’s rights and promotes the sexual and reproductive health movement worldwide.

This year’s campaign highlighted the extreme consequences resulting from a narrow approach to women’s health.

The institutional violence was accepted and enforced by the State through the denial of sexual and reproductive health services and rights.
 

 

150 gather in Brisbane in support of Australia’s peacekeepers.

About one-hundred-and-fifty people gather in Brisbane City for a march to mark the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping missions.

A street artist paints a powerful anti-Adani mural on the wall of the Greens Office in New Farm and more Zedlines

The painting depicts Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a gun pointed at Nemo, from Disney’s Finding Nemo, with “REEF KILLER” written next to it.

 Sydney artist Scott Marsh says he is absolutely disgusted by the Adani Carmichael mine, and vowed to continue producing Adani-inspired artworks.

 

 

Queensland in full swing for National Reconciliation Week.

Infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane are lighting up to create awareness  for National Reconciliation and will be lit until June 3.

Brisbane City Council has released a ‘green, clean sustainable report’, aiming to make Brisbane a global top-10 lifestyle city by 2031 and more Zedlines 

The plan outlines a boost in public transport and cycling, reduction of carbon emissions and improvement of natural habitats and urban forests. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk labelled the plan as the council's most ambitious environmental agenda in the city's history - while Council's opposition leader Peter Cumming said the plan was a PR document lacking substance. 
 
The 87 page document cost more than $30 000 to produce. 
 

 

A private vet has confirmed a case of  Hendra virus in a pony paddock in the Gold Coast Hinterland. 
 
The infected pony was not vaccinated against the disease, and was later euthanised.

Here’s looking at you[r data], kid

On May 8, 2017 the Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced its decision to close its investigation into allegations the Human Services Minister Alan Tudge (who is responsible for Centrelink) unlawfully shared Andie Fox’s private welfare details with Fairfax journalist Paul Malone.

Asylum seekers drown off Libyan coast and more Zedlines

At least 20 dead bodies have been spotted in the sea off the Libyan coast after 200 people fell into the water, amongst them asylum seekers and toddlers. [Image source: Flickr]

The coast guard called in vessels to help with the rescue, after which about 1700 people were saved.

More than 1300 asylum seekers fleeing Africa and the Middle East have died in the Mediterranean sea this year.

Surfer saves man’s life

Surf Living Saving Queensland are praising a surfer who pulled an unconscious boardrider onto his surfboard and performed CPR, saving the man’s life.

Dutton's deadline leaves asylum seekers with "impossible choice"

Asylum seekers living in the community for years have been told they would have only four months to lodge complicated applications or face a loss of government payments or deportation.

On Sunday, Peter Dutton made a case against what he called “fake refugees.” He gave the roughly 7,500 asylum seekers in Australia who had not yet lodged claims until October 1 to do so or face the removal of government welfare and the prospect of deportation.

What is currently going on with the Trans Pacific Partnership ?

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a multilateral trade agreement that has been circulating for a few years. It has been met with a lot of criticism and has been turned on its head when the United States pulled out of the deal in January. This has caused trouble for the other states involved in the agreement as they try and reassess where the deal is heading and what is included in the deal. Australia has been a strong supporter of the TPP even though there is no clear benefit to being involved with the agreement but there are some potential dangers.

Palaszczuk response to One Nation false expense allegations and more Zedlines

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has responded to allegations that senior figures within the One Nation Party had attempted to submit false expense claims to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The allegations lodged against One Nation have been referred to law enforcement bodies.

Palaszczuk says that if investigations into the allegations reveal any gaps Electoral laws that could be used by politicians to defraud taxpayers, those gaps would be filled by the Labor party.

Her response follows as a leaked recording of a One Nation meeting, in which Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff, James Ashby, posed the party charge an inflated price for campaign materials.

New Action Plan to Help Ageing Stolen Generations

Twenty years on, and the ageing Stolen Generations are still struggling to come to terms with unresolved traumas they are facing.

Mining giant Adani has postponed its investment into Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine

Indian company Adani has held back its final injection of $16.5-billion into funding the Carmichael coal mine awaiting senior Queensland Government officials to clarify whether they would lower or defer their royalty rates

Senior Queensland Government officials held a board meeting on Monday night with Adani to convince them of furthering their investment into the proposed Carmichael coal mine.

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