Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole and more Zedlines

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings. (image: wikimedia commons)

Proposed same-sex marriage bill contains potentially discriminatory loophole

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board is among several groups that have warned the federal government it’s proposed same-sex marriage bill contains a loophole that could promote discrimination.

The draft bill provides that ‘religious bodies’ or ‘religious organisations’ would be exempt from anti-discrimination law if they refused to service same-sex weddings.

STI rates burning as cases spike, and more Zedlines...

Queensland STI cases spike, according to Queensland Health. (Image Source: JISC)

STIs on the rise

The amount of Queenslanders with sexually transmitted diseases is significantly higher according to Queensland Health, with cases of gonorrhoea increasing by 32% in 2016.

Figures show STIs have increased by 10% in the last year.

Dr Wendell Rosevear, who runs a Brisbane-based medical centre that specialises in sexual health, said a change in dating culture may be behind the spike in cases.

Dr Rosevear said the new ways people connect over the internet for ‘instant sex’ allows people to have multiple partners in a day.


Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

Brexit a ‘disaster’ for UK’s Universities and more Zedlines..

University academics are warning of the disastrous effect that Brexit will have on tertiary education in the UK.

At a meeting recently held at the University of Oxford, the Education Select Committee listened to warnings about the financial impact of losing European research funding in Universities.

There are also fears that Brexit could see a loss in European Union students, as Cambridge University has already seen a 14% drop in EU applications for autumn this year.

Labor calls for LNP preference clarity over latest One Nation LGBTI comments

Western Downs Alliance CSG victory against Santos and more Zedlines

Queensland community group Western Downs Alliance has claimed a big win over Santos, forcing changes to the environmental approval of coal seam gas fields in the Surat Basin. (image: Flickr; Sarah Moles)

Concerns related to the multi-billion dollar project include the dumping of millions of litres of wastewater into the Dawson River.

The federal government has now amended the approval meaning Santos will not be able to dump water in the river without strict assessment and approval.


One Nation candidate's event de-funded by council

The Ipswich City council has dropped funding for the Harmony Day event organised by former One Nation candidate Shan Ju Lin for homophobic comments she made on social media.

Health Minister Sussan Ley steps down without ministerial pay and more Zedlines

This news comes after increased pressure was placed on the Health Minister to pay back taxpayers for visits Ms Ley took to the Gold Coast. (Image source: Flickr).

Health Minister Sussan Ley steps down without pay

Health Minister Sussan Ley has stepped down from her duties after increased pressure to pay back taxpayer-funded visits to the Gold Coast.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement Ms Ley has stepped aside without pay as an investigation by the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet continues.


South Korean monk injured after setting self alight during protests and more Zedlines

The 64-year-old Buddhist monk has been hospitalised, suffering from third degree burns after setting himself alight to protest Korea's compensation with Japan regarding wartime sex slaves. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons).

South Korean monk in critical condition after attempted self immolation 

A South Korean monk is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire to protest the country’s compensation deal with Japan over wartime sex slaves.

The 64-year-old Buddhist monk suffered third-degree burns across his body and serious damage to vital organs following his action during an anti president rally in Seoul on Saturday.

Truck attack in Jerusalem claims four lives and more Zedlines

Four dead and 17 more injured after a truck driver drove through a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem. (Image source: Wikipedia)


Truck driving attack in Jerusalem 

Four Israeli soldiers died and 17 people injured after a truck drove into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem.

The attack happened in a prominent thoroughfare which overlooked the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police have shot dead the driver of the truck and Israeli police say this is a deliberate attack

This event is the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in some months.


Acacia Ridge fire contained 

St Kilda's centre for drag queens to be demolished and more Zedlines

An Iconic hotel in St Kilda has closed, after the site had been ‘earmarked’ for demolition to make way for apartments.

The 160-year-old Greyhound hotel was a centre for drag-queens and on Thursday night owners took to Facebook to break the news.

The venue was a safe haven for Melbourne’s LGBTIQ community, with many commenting on the post to say goodbye and praise the safe place that was created.


Minister buys apartment on tax payer funded trip

Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, claims she did not plan on buying a $795,000 apartment while on a tax-payer funded trip to Queensland.

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.