Health

Democrats stage gun law protest in Washington, and other Zedlines

A group of members of the Democratic Party is protesting for tougher gun control laws after the Orlando mass shooting. (Image Source: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)

Queensland government purchases cattle station

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials have commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed. 

 

Greens call for sugar tax, and more Zedlines

Greens call for sugar tax , Emergency Situation Declared In West Ipswich, US congressman convicted on corruption, and more Zedlines.

Emergency Situation Declared In West Ipswich

Police have declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in West Ipswich after a suspicious package was spotted this morning.

The device was found near a supermarket at a shopping complex on Brisbane Street.

An exclusion zone was declared at 8:35am and there is a cordon in place for the centre along the boundaries of Brisbane Street and Keogh Street.     

People are being asked to avoid the area.

 

Mississippi judge refuses to block anti - LGBT law, and more Zedlines

Mississippi judge refuses to block anti - LGBT law, Concerns for Frasier Island dingo population, Calls for obesity to be classified as a disease, and more Zedlines

QLD brain institute launches campaign against concussion in sports

Researchers at the University of Queensland have partnered with the Australian Athletics Alliance to raise awareness of concussion in sports and the long term effects it can have. 

The UQ based Queensland Brain Institute launched its hashtag no brain no game  (#nobrainnogame) campaign this week, which will provide for ground-breaking research into the long term effects of concussion, and has received support from sporting codes from across Australia.

Congo declares Yellow Fever epidemic, and more Zedlines

Congo declares Yellow Fever epidemic, Heinz taken to court over unhealthy children’s snacks, Seven eleven owner receives record fine, and more Zedlines.

Seven eleven owner receives record fine

Brisbane businessman Sheng-Chieh Lo has been fined over $400,000 after systematically exploiting workers at the West End 7-11 he owned, making it the largest penalty dealt by the Australian court under the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Mr. Lo had reportedly underpaid his staff more than $80,000 total between September 2013 and September 2014.

In order to avoid Fair Work Inspectors Lo had been entering false records into the 7-11 payroll system and forcing employees to pay back parts of their wages.

New changes to youth justice laws and more Zedlines

Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government. (Image Source: Flickr)

New changes to youth justice laws
Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government.

The laws were modified to prevent young offenders from being named and shamed in courts, make prison a last resort in sentencing, and keep 17-year-olds out of adult prisons until they turn 18.

Advocacy group Youth Affairs Network argues the changes are welcome but do not address the root of the problem.

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure and more Zedlines

Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia. (Source: Flickr)

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure
Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia.

Their research shows different states have varying exposure limits and monitoring methods.

The experts are calling for a national monitoring standard in line with international standards.

In Queensland there are eight confirmed cases of black lung disease with two more cases pending verification.

Orlando LGBT community raise money for families of mass shooting victims - and more Zedlines

LGBT organisation created a donation website that has seen $4 million dollars raised and is continuing to rise.

Parakeelia controversial ties to Liberal Party

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition says tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a company with controversial ties to the Liberal Party, having transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three three years.

Council opposition leader Peter Cumming says the company is effectively channelling ratepayers' money through to the Liberal Party.

Brisbane budget increase 

Labor pledges $80 million to type 1 diabetes

Labor pledges $80 million to type 1 diabetes, QLD govt commits over $600m to improve Trains,Lions go on Trial in Hunt for Maneater and More Zedlines

Old Ipswich Police Station reopens as Medical Centre

The old Ipswich police station has reopened as a medical centre, offering six specialist suites and potential for even more over the coming months.

The building’s new owner, Goonda based practitioner Dr Sudheer Mahaedo  (Sud-eer Ma hey do), says he expects an influx of specialists to the new centre as opportunities in Brisbane become limited and Ipswich and surrounding areas continue to experience growth.

QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul and more Zedlines

The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul
The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement.

QCOSS CEO Mark Henley says better targeting concession fares will remove cost barriers for people who need transport to look for work, and can help ensure equality for those on low incomes.

The public transport revamp could see over 90 per cent of commuters better off, with concession fares being extended to asylum seekers and those on the newstart allowance.

Liberal Party preferences leave Greens last and more Zedlines

The Liberal Party and The Australian Labor Party have announced preference deals to bolster their chances in crucial seats as deals begin to emerge three weeks out from the July 2 election. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

Liberal Party preferences leave Greens last
The Liberal Party and The Australian Labor Party have announced preference deals to bolster their chances in crucial seats as deals begin to emerge three weeks out from the July 2 election.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Liberal Party would preference the Greens last, or behind Labor in every Lower House seat, a move Mr Turnbull said he made in the public interest to avoid an unstable Labor-Greens minority Government.

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