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Doctors request the government to end Medicare freeze and more Zedlines

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have asked the government to end the freeze on Medicare. Image source: commons.wikimedia

Doctors request government to end government freeze

A request has been submitted by doctors to the government to partially lift the Medicare freeze, alleging bulk-billing rates have fallen since July.

The bulk-billing rates are said to have fallen 10% as a result of the freeze, with doctors asking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to form a compromise.

The doctors hope the government will lift the freeze for GP consultations, claiming it will cost the budget around $150 million per year.

 

Pangolin trade banned by United Nations and more Zedlines

(Image source: flickr.com, Ruslan Rugoals)

The United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has voted to ban the trade of Pangolins, a small scaled mammal found in Asia and Africa.

The animal, which has eight subspecies, has the misfortune of being the world’s most poached creature due to its popularity in Asia, where its meat is a popular delicacy and its scales are an ingredient in traditional medicine.  

The Convention also voted to extend the ban to the barbary macaques, the only primate living north of the Sahara.

 

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply and more Zedlines

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Fluoridation will continue in 24 of the state's 77 councils as an increasing number of councils have acted on the decision by the LNP government to make fluoride optional after Labor made it compulsory in 2007.

Health Minister Cameron Dick says the current Labor Government would not revisit the issue.

 

 

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Smoking in Australia on the decline and more Zedlines

A new report shows smoking rates are on the decline in Australia with daily smokers accounting for less than 13 per cent of people, one of the lowest smoking rates in the world. Image: Pixabay

Smoking in Australia on the decline
A new report shows smoking rates are on the decline in Australia with daily smokers accounting for less than 13 per cent of people, one of the lowest smoking rates in the world.

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found fewer young Australians are experimenting with cigarettes however for indigenous Australians and people living in remote areas, improvements in smoking rates were recorded as being less dramatic than those living in major cities.

National approach needed for driverless cars and more Zedlines

An inquiry into driverless cars has recommended that Australia develops a national approach to the vehicles.

All-female ground crew claims historic victory at international air races championship

A Brisbane pilot was part of a three-woman team that won a ground crew event at the Reno National Championship Air Races in Nevada, USA.  

In the event’s 53 year history, an all female crew has never won the best ground crew event.

Brisbane pilot Joanne Wilson says there were no other female team members at the championships, and hopes their victory will encourage more women to become pilots.

We Have Rainbow Families 2

In September 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced a bill into parliament to enable a plebiscite on marriage equality in February 2017. Plebiscites do not have any legal force in Australia. The Marriage Act 1961 was arbitrarily amended by John Howard’s Government in 2004. In March 2016 a federal government investigation, some say a rushed investigation into the Safe Schools Education Program led to federal funding being made contingent on changes to the Program. Many community members believed these changes to be unworkable, so some state governments have bridged the funding shortfall.

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.

Queensland orders foster care, blue card review and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government has ordered a review into foster care and the issuing of blue cards in the wake of the death of Tiahleigh Palmer whose foster father has been charged with her murder and interfering with her corpse. image source: flickr

Backpackers underpaid for labour on Queensland farm

Over 90 Korean backpackers have reportedly been underpaid several thousand dollars on a South-East Queensland farm.

An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found labour contractor Boonah Packing Pty Ltd guilty of underpaying nearly 100 casual workers more than $16,000 between July 2015 and January 2016.

The company has since started back-payments, has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking and agreed to implement measures to ensure future compliance.

 

Settlement reached in Chinese coal carrier case and more Zedlines

An out-of court agreement has been settled upon by the Federal Government with the owners of the Chinese coal carrier ship that became wedged in the Great Barrier Reef in 2010.

Circus sets up despite local council ban

The Lennon Brothers circus has opened in Ipswich, despite the local council having a longstanding ban on circuses featuring exotic animals on all council owned land.

According to a spokesperson from the Ipswich City Council, the Redbank location where the circus is operating is state government-owned reserve.

However, a Lennon Brothers spokesperson said they were granted approval to set up on what they claim is private property.

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.

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