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South-East Queenslanders hit record electricity usage trying to beat the heat and more Zedlines...

Queenslanders are trying to beat the second round of the heatwave this week. Powerlink says their electricity network demand has hit an all time high of 9,332 megawatts on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Pixabay)

Paramedics attended twenty four heat related incidents in South East Queensland yesterday. Brisbane will see some relief today with the max temperature at 32 degrees, 3 degrees cooler than yesterday.

However, this will be a small break from the heat with temperatures expected to soar to 34 Friday.

New Research shows one in three Australian students won’t complete their degree
New data shows less than half of the students at two Queensland Universities complete their degrees within six years,

South-East Queenslanders hit record electricity usage trying to beat the heat and more Zedlines...

Queenslanders are trying to beat the second round of the heatwave this week. Powerlink says their electricity network demand has hit an all time high of 9,332 megawatts on Wednesday afternoon.

Paramedics attended twenty four heat related incidents in South East Queensland yesterday. Brisbane will see some relief today with the max temperature at 32 degrees, 3 degrees cooler than yesterday.

However, this will be a small break from the heat with temperatures expected to soar to 34 Friday.

New Research shows one in three Australian students won’t complete their degree
New data shows less than half of the students at two Queensland Universities complete their degrees within six years,

Greg Hunt named new Health Minister and more Zedlines

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Greg Hunt named new Health Minister

Greg Hunt has been announced as Australia’s new Health Minister, replacing Sussan Ley.

Mr Hunt will take on the role following Ms Ley’s resignation from Cabinet last week following allegations of misusing travel funds.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised Mr Hunt’s political, analytical and communication skills.

Mr Hunt will also take on the role of Sports Minister, another position previously held by Ms Ley in addition to his current portfolio in Industry, Innovation and Science.

 

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.

Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.

 

New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

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.

Expedition for Bona Vista and Jenny Lind shipwrecks begin and more Zedlines

A team of 11 scientists have departed from Bundaberg in search of a number of famous shipwrecks in the Coral Sea. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The group will travel 500km off the East Coast to Kenn’s reef in search of wreckage from ships known to have gone down in the area during the 19th century.

The main item of desire is the Bona Vista which was lost in 1828.

Wheelie bin used to trap crocodile metres from playground in North Queensland

Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

Sussan Ley is refusing to explain travel records and more Zedlines

Health Minister Sussan Ley is refusing to explain why she spent $13 000 taxpayer dollars to pilot private charter planes when she could have used commercial airlines. (image source: wikimedia)

Travel records revealed yesterday that Ms Ley was conducting ministerial business when she chartered plans for childcare policy meetings in 2014, and talks with GPs in 2015.

Ministerial guidelines say charters may only be piloted under special circumstances such as an absence of commercial services or significant delays.
Ms Ley is yet to announce whether her travel arrangements meet these criteria.
Queensland set for week of extremes

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