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Sweeping changes to QLD electoral map and more Zedlines

The Redistribution Commission has proposed changes to Queensland’s electoral map for the next election, with nineteen new or renamed electorates, including four extra seats across the state to be part of the changes. Image source: wikimedia

In Brisbane, Ashgrove, Mt Coot-tha, and Indooroopilly have been reshaped into two new electorates - Cooper and Maiwar - with MPs to have to move to one of the new electorates if they are to be re-elected.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said the changes may alter the electorate Queenslanders belong to, guaranteeing the next election, due in 12 months, would be contested along the new boundaries. The draft boundaries are open for comments and objections until the end of May.

 

More Evocca College campuses set to close

Renewables gaining momentum and more Zedlines

Solar power may be more affordable than fossil fuels according to a report released by the Climate Council.

 The report shows costs for solar power have fallen by almost 60% over the past five years, with Climate Councillor and former president of BP Australasia Greg Bourne adding they are expected to fall even further by 2040.

This comes as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced a commitment to renewable energy, in stark contrast to the Coalition’s focus on coal.

 

Mandatory ID scanners introduced to Brisbane

Brisbane’s bars and clubs will be required to scan ID’s in a new effort to combat dangerous and aggressive behaviour.

Cars and chlamydia top koala killers and more zedlines

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

UQ’s School of Veterinary science worked with Moggill Koala Hospital to analyse over fifteen years of its data.

The research found that motor vehicle collisions accounted for over a quarter of koala deaths, closely followed by chlamydia symptoms accounting for nearly a fifth.

Trump condemns anti-semitic threats and more Zedlines

US President Donald Trump has publicly condemned anti-semitic incidents after numerous bomb threats were made against American Jewish community centres.

A number of centres were evacuated on Monday following the threats and a Jewish cemetery was heavily-vandalised in Missouri.

President Trump raised eyebrows last week after not publically condemning the threats, but spoke on Monday of his hopes of making the country less divided.

Bluetooth technology puts emergency vehicles first

Technology allowing emergency vehicles to change traffic lights in their favour has been introduced along 13 Brisbane roads.

Queensland to trial recycling remuneration scheme and more zedlines

Queenslanders may soon be reimbursed for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans. (Image Source: Flickr)

Queenslanders may soon be reimbursed for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

The Queensland government plans to introduce a container refund scheme in July 2018, where every bottle or can returned to a ‘reverse vending machine’ could prompt a refund of 10 cents.

A trial machine will be placed in George Street for three months from February 27, with initial donations going to charities.

Adele creates transport nightmare

Medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Australia and more zedlines

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed. (Image Source: Public Domain Images)

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will today make the announcement which will permit those suffering chronic pain to access the drug following a doctor’s referral.

Victoria has already harvested its first crop for epilepsy sufferers and Mr Hunt believes today’s announcement will permit an interim supply of the drug through importation.

Bulimba Barracks to be sold to developers

Refugee advocates hold vigil for Hamid Khazaei as inquest draws to close

Refugee Action Collective vigil (RAC Facebook)

As a coronial inquest into the death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei is set to close this week, advocates today staged a vigil outside the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court hoping to draw attention to the situation surrounding his death.

Mr Khazaei died of septicaemia in a Brisbane hospital in 2014 thirteen days after presenting with an infected cut in Australia’s Manus Island immigration detention centre.

Labor rules out One Nation Minority Deal and more Zedlines

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Labour Party will not form a minority government with One Nation following the next state election. (SOURCE: Wiki Commons)

Both Ms Palaszczuk and the LNP have now ruled out a coalition government with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

The Premier is standing firm in her decision.

The next state election is set for May 2018, but many expect it to be held in the second half of this year.

 

Final Farewell to Brisbane Female Rock Icon
Hundreds gather to say a final goodbye to Ruby Tuesday singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd.

Spike in arms sales at Cold War levels and more Zedlines

US and Europe lead the way in Arms sales to the Middle East, with China quickly catching up.

There’s been a spike in the international arms trade -with sales figures unheard of since the Cold war - according to a peace activist’s report.

The Stockholm Peace Research Institute said the Middle East has nearly doubled its intake in the last five years, with Saudi Arabia increasing their arms importation by over 200%, purchasing the majority of arms from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Former Newman government 'killed off' profitable climate change company and more Zedlines

Files prepared for the 2012 state Budget Review Committee show climate change company was slated for sell-off despite notes showing it was "profitable" and "cash-flow positive". PHOTO: WikiCommons/NavsourceOnline

Queensland’s former Newman Government sold off a profitable, state-owned business which tackled climate change, according to a news outlet.

Ecofund Queensland was a carbon-offsetting company, which cabinet documents, obtained by the ABC, show was a profitable business whose revenue was set to double.

The Newman government sold the company for $250 thousand dollars despite being told it would make a profit of $40 million dollars over the next two years.

 

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