Federal Politics

Japan deploys military for possible North Korea missile launch and more Zedlines

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible ballistic missile attack from North Korea.(image source: Flickr)

Labor's plans to boost Northern Australia tourism
The Federal Labour Party is expected to announce plans today to allocate $1 billion in public funding to boost tourism in Northern Australia, including far north Queensland.

In 2015, Joe Hockey introduced the $5 billion Northern Australia infrastructure investment fund but opposition leader Bill Shorten argues since being introduced no new projects have been announced or backed.

Nauru reforms criminal codes and more Zedlines

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. (Source: Wikicommons)

Nauru reforms criminal codes
Nauru has reformed its criminal codes replacing the ones based on the 1899 Criminal Code of Queensland.

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. The state has also removed death penalty and criminalised child labour.

In the past few weeks two refugees have been charged and jailed for attempting suicide and two gay refugees have been facing discrimination and violence.

Australia revives uncertain Cambodia refugee deal and more Zedlines

The deal sparked protests outside the Australian embassy in Cambodia, with protesters saying the country cannot afford to take care of its own citizens. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

$15 million to combat STDs in North Queensland

A new $15 million package has been implemented to fight sexually transmitted diseases in North Queensland, after three deaths and more than 160 new cases of congenital syphilis since 2015. 

The five-year plan to tackle the outbreak was announced on Wednesday by Health Minister Cameron Dick, who predicted deaths from the disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will continue until December 2017.

Majority of Australians in Favour of Voluntary Euthanasia and more Zedlines

A recent VoteCompass poll revealed 75% of Australians are in favour of allowing the terminally ill to have access to voluntary euthanasia. (Image Source: Flickr)

Dairy Farmers Take To Brisbane Streets In Protest

Hundreds of dairy farmers protested in Brisbane on Wednesday as part of a nationwide rally about the industry crisis.

Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper said the war on milk pricing needed to end, with fairer pricing that better reflects the costs of production.

Mr Hopper said while a consumer levy has been suggested, an agreement from milk processors to increase farmers' pay would be the best solution.

 

Great Barrier Reef Report Shows Faster Improvement Needed

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy, Musicians Recieve Council Grant, Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 5500 Refugees in 48 Hours and more Zedlines. (IMAGE: Wikimedia)

NSW Ranked worst state for renewable energy

NSW has been ranked as the worst state in Australia in terms of supplying renewable sources of electricity in a report by Australia's independent Climate Council.

In the report released this morning, the Climate Council says NSW’s proportion of renewable electricity fell from 7 to 6 percent in 2014, and the state has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities for implementing sustainable energy programs

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.

Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts. 

The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.    

Greens call for Labor's LGBTI support

The Australian Greens urge the Labor party to join them in committing to
removing religious exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act, following Rainbow Labor’s announcement to appoint an LGBTI
discrimination commissioner.
Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms  says Labor's plan is a good one, but won’t end discrimination against LGBTI people under the law.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions and more Zedlines

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981, however, hundreds remain listed in official government records as having a criminal history.

Prominent members of the state’s LGBTI community have welcomed the prospect of the apology, saying it is a significant step forwards in the acceptance of homosexual people.

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate and more 9am Zedlines

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring.

Mr Palmer won the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, and earlier this month confirmed he would not seek re-election in the House of Representatives, amidst controversy over his Queensland Nickel refinery.

QLDers have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote, and more Zedlines

Queenslanders are being reminded they only have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote for the Federal Election. (Source:

Cancer Council Queensland issues warning of high daily sodium intake

A survey from Cancer Council Queensland shows only six per cent of Queenslanders are aware of the recommended daily sodium intake to prevent chronic disease.

Research shows many Australians are consuming much more sodium than the recommended 1600mg.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urges to limit using or finding alternatives to salt for cooking.

The Council has also issued a consumer alert about the amount of salt contained in pre-packaged foods.

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