Federal Politics

Indigenous rangers to pass down knowledge to combat bushfires and more Zedlines

Indigenous rangers in North Stradbroke Island are passing down their traditional knowledge down to the Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service in an effort to better manage bushfires. Image source: wikimedia

Indigenous rangers to pass down traditional knowledge

North Stradbroke Island Indigenous rangers will pass down traditional knowledge on the management of bushfires to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The skills of the Quandamooka rangers are set to be utilised in a partnership with Redland City Council.

Joint management coordinator of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Darren Burns, spoke to the ABC, saying fires in North Stradbroke are a severe problem.

Family and Child Commission requested to investigate foster carer approvals and more Zedlines

Following the murder of Tiahleigh Palmer, the government has put forward a request to the Family and Child Commission to include assessment into foster carer approval processes. Image source: Flickr.com

Family and Child Commission asked to investigate foster carer approvals 

The Family and Child Commission has been asked to include assessment and approval processes for foster carers.

Opposition child safety spokeswoman, Ros Bates spoke to the ABC, saying an independent inquiry not linked to the government is needed.  

Acting Queensland Premier, Curtis Pitt says suggestions from the Carmody Inquiry into child safety will be implemented over the next ten years.

Ms Bates says immediate action to improve issues is needed.

 

Mojgan Shamsalipoor released from immigration detention and more Zedlines

An Iranian woman whose refugee application was denied has been freed from immigration detention after two years. Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a three-month bridging visa, and will be able to live with her husband. source: Facebook/FreeMojgan

Mojgan Shamsalipoor released from immigration detention

An Iranian woman whose refugee application was denied has been freed from immigration detention after two years.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a three-month bridging visa, and will be able to live with her husband.

Yeronga State high School deputy principal Jessica Walker, who led the Free Mojgan movement in Brisbane, says the future is still uncertain for the twenty-two year old.

Barnaby Joyce says Great Barrier Reef accidents are inevitable and more Zedlines

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, says that new restrictions on cargo ships travelling through the Great Barrier Reef would ruin the economy. Joyce also believes that any new restrictions will ignore the fact that incidents happen, and says that the bid for new checks is not needed. (Image: flickr)

Barnaby Joyce says Great Barrier Reef accidents are inevitable

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, says that new restrictions on cargo ships travelling through the Great Barrier Reef would ruin the economy.

Joyce also believes that any new restrictions will ignore the fact that incidents happen, and says that the bid for new checks is not needed.

The push for new checks comes after the Shen Neng 1 ran aground in 2010, causing a $39.3 million dollar settlement to account for damage caused.
Logan says ‘no’ to 2028 Olympic Games

Australia to take in refugees from Central America and more Zedlines

Australia’s pledged refugee intake has climbed to almost 19,000 per year and is now set to include people from several Central American countries. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, promises $130 million will go to providing aid to displaced people across the world, as well as more resources for migration agencies. (Image Source: commons.wikimedia)

Australia to take in refugees from Central America

Australia’s pledged refugee intake has climbed to almost 19,000 per year and is now set to include people from several Central American countries.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, promises $130 million will go to providing aid to displaced people across the world, as well as more resources for migration agencies.

Mr Turnbull used his time at the New York summit to stress the importance of border control in maintaining a healthy migration program.

New safety initiatives introduced to protect Queensland hospital staff and more Zedlines

As part of the new measures, CCTV cameras will be upgraded at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Logan Hospital, staff will wear body cameras at Royal Brisbane Hospital, and extra security officers will be added at selected hospitals around the state.

New safety measures for health care workers

Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced a raft of new safety measures to protect healthcare workers from violence and abuse in Queensland hospitals and health care centres.

As part of the new measures, CCTV cameras will be upgraded at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Logan Hospital, staff will wear body cameras at Royal Brisbane Hospital, and extra security officers will be added at selected hospitals around the state.

We Have Rainbow Families

In light of the Turnbull Government introducing legislation into the parliament that would enable a plebiscite on marriage equality to take place in February 2017, 4zzz reporter Craig Garrett wanted to explore and better understand the ways allies can help support those people directly affected by the proposed plebiscite and any possible changes to the Marriage Act 1961. In this interview we speak with Ben Davison (who was brought up by his two mums), about his childhood, and the ways he believes allies can help support the LGBTQIPA Community.

Queensland state split proposal silenced and other Zedlines

A proposal to split Queensland into north and south has been denied, with MP Rob Katter stating the split would have allowed the north better access to revenue created by mining and tourism. Image credit: Wikipedia.

State split proposal thrown out of Parliament

A bill to split the state into north and south introduced to Queensland Parliament by the Katter MPs has been emphatically slapped down.

Mount Isa MP Rob Katter says splitting the state along a new border near Rockhampton would boost economic opportunities for the north, but Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the economics don’t stack up.

The bill was crushed 82-3, with only Independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne supporting the Katter Party’s proposal.

Snowden dismisses Intelligence Committee report and more Zedlines

Edward Snowden has dismissed a report that calls him a disgruntled employee and that his actions helped US enemies. Source: wikipedia

Snowden dismisses Intelligence Committee report.

Edward Snowden has dismissed a House of Representatives intelligence committee report that highly criticised the exiled activist’s work.

The report described Mr Snowden as a disgruntled employee and say his actions did nothing more than help US enemies.

The report was released two days after two rights groups launched a campaign lobbying President Obama to give Mr Snowden a pardon and allow him to return to the US.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out and more Zedlines

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson. Image: Creative Commons, Abby.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out.

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson.

A Chlamydia and retro-virus crisis coupled with the loss of their natural habitat has caused the Koala population to fall to single digits.

In response, the Queensland government has announced it will be adding property, planning and environment specialist Antra Hood to an expert panel which is working to remedy the dwindling Koala population.

 

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