Health

Mater Hospital Backs Mine

Mater hospital and the mining magnate who heads the board have defended their decision to back a new coal mine.

The plans for the New Acland Stage 3 mine were rejected in a landmark Queensland court ruling after the company possibly breached air pollution limits.

Despite this, the Mater Hospital has also put their logo on a national advertising campaign for the mine under the reasoning that it will provide valuable jobs in the region.

 

New West End Woolworths Development

A Woolworths will be built in West End in 2020, cementing the change of scene for the historic region.

Spooky Quantum Physics

Chinese researchers in the Tibetan mountains have, for the first time history beamed ‘entangled’ particles of light between a satellite and the ground.

Using quantum physics in which the particles can instantly share their information despite being separated by over 1,200km is an unusual ‘spooky’ happening.

Melbourne University physicist Professor Steven Prawer says “What they have done is a major technological achievement of measurement and accuracy.”

 

Pisale Out, Tully Stepping Up

Paul Pisale has stepped down from his duties due to health complications amid a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into the former Ipswich mayor’s activities.

Malcolm Turnbull, call me maybe?

The opposition leader’s call to extend parliamentary terms to a fixed four years has attracted interest from the Prime Minister.

Labor leader Bill Shorten says switching to a fix four-year term will bring Australia much needed certainty and long-term policy making.

Shorten called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to make a bipartisan commitment to support the change, who responded by calling the opposition leader to discuss the idea.

 

Conference on Indigenous Genocide

Queensland Trials Professional Foster Carer Program

Queensland is to trial a new professional foster carer program that hopes to improve the lives of young people with high support needs.

The program is costed at 3 million dollars, aimed at nurses and teachers and will run for 2 years as the government monitors its success.  

The professional foster carers will be paid up to sixty-five thousand a year and will also be trained in fields such as child development and counselling.

 

Artworks On Show in Brisbane

Brisbane colours will truly be flying this July as the city opens up its most popular public spaces in order to showcase world renowned works by local artists.

Former UK prime minister calls for compensation for forced child migrants and more zedlines

Former UK Prime minister Gordon Brown has called for compensation for victims of mass forced transportation of children from Britain to countries like Australia and Canada between 1940 and 1970, saying that the scale of abuse suffered is now clearer. Image source: Flickr.

Brown spoke at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse in London and described the forced transportation of over 130,000 children from the UK over more than three decades ago as “government enforced trafficking”.

Serving as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, he issued a national apology to victims in 2010, but said he was not aware of the scale of the abuse at the time, now saying that the apology is only half the story, and that the consequences of the other half needs to be dealt with.

Century-old fishing reel business says goodbye

A century-old fishing reel business near Ipswich is set to close down, following a recent announcement made on its Facebook page.

Alvey Reels Australia is a family business that started in 1920, with its manufacturing facility in Carole Park having been around since 1978.

One member of the family, Bruce Alvey, said the reason behind the decision is that sales are “now so low they cannot generate the income required to keep the business going”.

Mr Alvey believes this is because their quality products are made to last and people do not need to buy them very often, as opposed to modern-day products which are of poorer quality and do not last long.

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Report reveals surge in superbugs and more Zedlines

A surge in superbugs was reported in the 12 months prior to March 2017, with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care documenting various antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (Image: Wikimedia/NIAID)

Professor John Turnidge, Senior Medical Adviser at the ACSQHC, has stated that the spread of superbugs can be tracked in what is essentially real time.

The number of cases of near-untreatable superbugs exceeded 1,000 up until March of this year.

Brisbane bus strikes continue
Brisbane has woken up to another day of bus strikes with delays expected for commuters, as the union is still negotiating a new enterprise agreement with the Brisbane Council.

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Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.

 

He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.

 

Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

Promising Great Barrier Reef Research and more Zedlines...

Queensland research on wetland restoration is indicating promising results in the battle to protect the Great Barrier Reef from nutrient and sediment excess.

The research is supported by the Palaszczuk Government and has received more than $250 thousand in funding.

Initial results suggest wetlands can eradicate nitrogen from the water and that forested wetlands have higher carbon and nitrogen storage capacity in comparison to marshes.

The project will offer a framework for the restoration of wetlands, which play a vital role in blocking and managing pollutants that threaten the health of the reef.

 

 

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At The Coal Face: Hazelwood, Acland, Kingaroy and Adani

‘The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be
coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blackened the entire town’

— The Coal Face by Tom Doig

‘Coal is good for humanity’

— Tony Abbott and Malcolm Roberts
(neither know what they’re talking about)

‘By the time it’s at the stage where it’s quite dramatic, the company’s gone, the mine's gone and the groundwater systems are destroyed’

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