Human Rights

Covered-up report highlights danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites and more Zedlines

Sections highlighting the danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites have been removed in the latest UN climate change report under government intervention. (Source: Wikicommons)

Covered-up report highlights danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites
Sections highlighting the danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites have been removed in the latest UN climate change report under government intervention.

The Sites mentioned the in the draft version of the report are the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness, and Kakadu National Park.

The draft includes forest fire, dry condition, and rising sea levels among warnings for local authorities.

Dairy farmers rally against industry crisis and more Zedlines

Farmer Power Vice President Alex Robertson said farmers didn't need more loans, instead calling on the government to set up a milk levy.  (Image Source: Youtube)

Fears students will miss out as teachers evacuated from Aurukun school

Teachers and staff were evacuated from a Cape York primary school in Aurukun on Wednesday after concerns for their safety from a small group of students.

The local Wik women's group said the closure will not solve the school’s problems, and will leave its 300 students to become disengaged.

Past teacher Paula Shaw said the current problems facing the community are the same as those of a decade ago.


Dairy farmers rally against industry crisis 

Today Marks National Sorry Day and more Zedlines

Thursday, May 26 marks National Sorry Day - an event commemorating and expressing regret for the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population.[]

Queensland Parliament Passes New Mining Laws

The Queensland State Parliament has passed laws restoring community rights to object to new mines.

Under the new laws, mining companies will be required to inform landowners and neighbours about proposed mining projects.

The laws also repeal proposed changes allowing mining leases to be granted on restricted land without consent of the owner.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the public has a right to be aware, and to have input into what happens in their community.


Australia revives uncertain Cambodia refugee deal and more Zedlines

The deal sparked protests outside the Australian embassy in Cambodia, with protesters saying the country cannot afford to take care of its own citizens. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

$15 million to combat STDs in North Queensland

A new $15 million package has been implemented to fight sexually transmitted diseases in North Queensland, after three deaths and more than 160 new cases of congenital syphilis since 2015. 

The five-year plan to tackle the outbreak was announced on Wednesday by Health Minister Cameron Dick, who predicted deaths from the disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will continue until December 2017.

Majority of Australians in Favour of Voluntary Euthanasia and more Zedlines

A recent VoteCompass poll revealed 75% of Australians are in favour of allowing the terminally ill to have access to voluntary euthanasia. (Image Source: Flickr)

Dairy Farmers Take To Brisbane Streets In Protest

Hundreds of dairy farmers protested in Brisbane on Wednesday as part of a nationwide rally about the industry crisis.

Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper said the war on milk pricing needed to end, with fairer pricing that better reflects the costs of production.

Mr Hopper said while a consumer levy has been suggested, an agreement from milk processors to increase farmers' pay would be the best solution.


Great Barrier Reef Report Shows Faster Improvement Needed

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.

Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts. 

The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.    

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield, and more Zedlines

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source (Source: Wikipedia)

Principle threatened with machete and axe

Teachers are once again considering leaving schools in Aurukun in far north Queensland after the principle was threatened by four teens with machete’s and an axe.

Despite this being the second time it has happened in two weeks, teachers have decided to stay with further safety measures likely to be introduced.

Twenty five teachers left the community after the first incident and only returned last week with five teachers deciding not to return at all.

Lab creates 3D prawn sperm models

QLDers might not get a fare deal if Uber is made illegal, and more 9am Zedlines

Queenslanders could face higher taxi fares and long waiting times if Uber is made illegal (Source: Flickr)

Brisbane's heritage trading scheme allows developers to build bigger

A controversial high-rise development in the Brisbane CBD will go ahead, despite it not conforming to the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.

The heritage-listed National Bank building will allow its owners, The Aria Group, to transfer its development potential to its high rise on Edward street, allowing it to have a footprint larger than the normal 45 per cent for this type of development.

Record breaking rain in May for far north QLD and more 8am Zedlines

May has been a record breaking month for rain in far north Queensland (Source: Wikipedia)

Divers experience rare swim with five-metre whale shark off North Stradbroke Island

Divers off North Stradbroke Island have been treated with a rare and spectacular sighting of a five metre long juvenile whale shark.

University of Queensland marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend said it was only the second confirmed sighting of a whale shark off North Stradbroke in about 10 years.

Dutton faces criticism over refugee comments

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton faces backlash after calling refugees illiterate (source: wikimedia)

DV awareness campaign

A police station in Toowoomba has launched a new domestic violence awareness campaign, addressing the stigma that comes with reporting the crimes.

Acting Sergeant Susan Forte said when someone reports domestic and family violence crimes they will always be listened to, and the station also offers advice for people trapped in a domestic violence situation.

Figures suggest only 36 per cent of crimes relating to family and domestic violence are reported to police.