Human Rights

First International Day of Drug Testing, and more Zedlines...

The first International Day of Drug Checking will take place today, the 31st of March, seeking to ensure people are educated on drugs and aware of the risks involved. Image source: Pexels

Drug Checking Day will also promote the availability of drug testing services in order to reduce harm and minimize the risks associated with recreational drug use.

The day’s events, which will take place across a number of social media platforms, will feature a Reddit AMA and various video contributions by a variety of substance testing organisations.

 

Brisbanites gather in protest against Adani Mining speech

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights push for Royal Commission into abuse of people with disabilities.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have pushed for a Royal Commission to take place into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disabilities. After a Four Corners episode highlighted abuse and neglect towards people with disabilities in group homes the group publicly announced their push for a Royal Commission. A Senate Enquiry in 2015 delivered the recommendation that a Royal Commission is needed into the abuse of people with disabilities.

Vanuatu workers exploited and more Zedlines

Worker exploitation has been discovered among the Australian government low-skilled workers program across Queensland.

It has been revealed 22 Vanuatu men, working in Australia’s horticulture sector have been exploited, with one man only receiving a total of $150 for 6 months of labour, while up to 13 men received no compensation at all.

This treatment reinforces the concerns many had with the work program, fearing it would mimic the practice of ‘blackbirding’ when 62,000 Pacific Islander people were forced into slavery during the 19th century.

Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

Malaria vaccine breakthrough by Griffith University and more zedlines

World’s first anti-malaria vaccine developed at Griffith University. Image Source: Wikimedia/Hugo A. Quintero G.

The vaccine developed by researchers at Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital has tested safe for humans to take and is subject to further research.

The groundbreaking research vaccine is being considered to be used in countries where malaria is an endemic problem. The disease affects half of the world’s population.

 

M1 Motorway upgrade to start later this year

A funding agreement for the M1 Motorway upgrade has been reached.

World science festival sets out to inspire and more Zedlines

World science festival organises shows to attract young kids to scientific fields.

An ex-science teacher Science Steve is running interactive Festival Lab science shows to reveal the wonders of science to young children as the students interested in field are declining.

The shows run throughout the weekends in South Bank cultural forecourt to encourage the enthusiasm of the new generation with shows ranging from robotics to criminology.

 

RSPCA issues a southern queenslander with record number of charges over dog farm

Residents warned ahead of cyclone Debbie and more zedlines

Evacuation of high flood risk regions has been ordered in north Queensland as Cyclone Debbie intensifies. Image Source: Wikipedia/Suomi NPP Satellite

Hundreds have been evacuated from Burdekin and the Whitsundays and Regional Council Mayor Andrew Wilcox said those unable to leave should seek shelter with friends and family in ‘high, dry places.’

A shelter is operating in Bowen, but only has a capacity of 800. The Category II cyclone is expected to be upgraded to a Category IV system before making landfall tomorrow.

 

Boom gate collision rates concerns Queensland rail

High level crossing collision rates for Queensland rail.

Batman-inspired building to be built in Brisbane, and more Zedlines

Brisbane could be about to get its first superhero inspired residential building. Image source: Flickr

Brisbane developers, Pointcorp, have lodged an application to build an apartment building on the banks of the river, which draws inspiration from Batman, and more specifically from Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight trilogy.

The proposed building would have four sections - the water garden, verandah, entrance and Batcave - with the entrance featuring multipurpose areas with communal spaces and car parks that would much resemble the Batcave in the 2008 film.

 

Melbourne to Brisbane rail program fuels excitement

Trump takes aim at kitten website, and more Zedlines

The internet is expectantly full of cute animals and funny memes, but now US President Donald Trump has allegedly taken aim at a kitten website, designed by a 17-year-old girl from San Francisco. Image Source: Pixabay

Lucy created the website as a laugh while applying for developer jobs, the only thing the website offered was a chance to virtually scratch photos of Trump’s head using the paws of a kitten.

Originally called Trumpscratch, and then Kittenfeed, Lucy claims she received two threatening cease and desist letters from The Trump Organization - while Lucy complied with the letters, she said a president should not have the time or care to hire people to shut down harmless sites like hers.

Queensland government funds $200 million for school spend and more Zedlines...

The Queensland government is funding $200 million for school infrastructure projects throughout the state.

 

funds will focus 98 projects on improving school halls beside $45 million targeted for new schools sites.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained the fund as a snippet of what the June budget entails.

 

Medicinal Cannabis still not affordability

Health Minister, Cameron Dick, is calling for medicinal cannabis to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

This comes after the parliamentary committee examined a bill, aiming to make the drug cheaper, and more accessible for sick Queenslanders.

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