Human Rights

New Zealand launches battery powered rocket into space and more Zedlines

A 3D printed, battery powered rocket has been launched from the remote Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday. Image: Flickr

The launch is a step towards overcoming financial and logistical barriers to space, and makes New Zealand a new potential space hub.
The Los Angeles and New Zealand based space firm said it is working to get satellites into orbit regularly for companies, while increasing the number of launch opportunities. 

The firm spent the last four years testing out the rocket and finally got approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration which is monitoring the flight.

Queensland Globe gets a revamp

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane airport lego builder and more Zedlines

Brisbane Airport is seeking a Chief Lego builder to build a minimum of two large-scale pieces to be put on display. Image: Wikimedia

Whilst the contract will be a 12-month paid period under a flexible hours system, the prospective builder would have to provide their own lego bricks.

The job requirements also states the applicant should be available for the occasional coffee, public workshops, planning sessions and corporate appearances.

The new role is part of the artist-in-residence program which has been running since 2015 and so far welcomed realist painter Robert Brownhall and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Queensland’s youth jobs crisis worsens under Labor

Dutton's deadline leaves asylum seekers with "impossible choice"

Asylum seekers living in the community for years have been told they would have only four months to lodge complicated applications or face a loss of government payments or deportation.

On Sunday, Peter Dutton made a case against what he called “fake refugees.” He gave the roughly 7,500 asylum seekers in Australia who had not yet lodged claims until October 1 to do so or face the removal of government welfare and the prospect of deportation.

Activists Chained to Loaded Train and more Zedlines

Two young activists from Not Aurizon, Not Adani have chained themselves onto an Aurizon train at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Fairfield Road (NAIF) to protest Aurizon’s latest application to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility or NAIF for public funding to build a rail link to the Galilee Basin. (IMAGE: Stop Queensland Coal Exports)

According to witnesses on the scene close to 10 police cars are surrounding the area, with the Queensland Police making many attempts to get the protestors to unchain themselves, which has put a complete halt to the coal train with over 100 carriages.

Aurizon delivered a $1.25billion proposal to the NAIF in hopes to build the rail link, which will unlock the coal deposits of the Galilee Basin, it is believed Adani is also seeking funding for this project.

New Action Plan to Help Ageing Stolen Generations

Twenty years on, and the ageing Stolen Generations are still struggling to come to terms with unresolved traumas they are facing.

Mining giant Adani has postponed its investment into Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine

Indian company Adani has held back its final injection of $16.5-billion into funding the Carmichael coal mine awaiting senior Queensland Government officials to clarify whether they would lower or defer their royalty rates

Senior Queensland Government officials held a board meeting on Monday night with Adani to convince them of furthering their investment into the proposed Carmichael coal mine.

Young girl escapes an aggressive sea lion and more Zedlines

A sea lion has dragged a young girl underwater in Vancouver.

The girl was sitting on the edge of a dock with a crowd of onlookers watching the sea lion, when it reached up and grabbed her by her dress, pulling under.

A man believed to be a relative of the girl jumped in after her, bringing her back to safety. She appeared unharmed.


Over the next two weeks more than 2600 Year 9 students will gather across Australia for Young Leader’s ‘Altitude Day’ series.

The series is a two-week national roadshow that celebrates the positive change that young people are able to make in the world.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.


Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.


Antarctica is going green!? and more Zedlines...

Researchers say climate change is turning Antarctica green. Image source: Wikimedia

A study suggests global warming has spiked plant growth in the continent over the last fifty years.

Rising temperatures have increased the rate of moss growth in the region by four to five times since the 1950s.

Co-author of the research Matt Amesbury from the University of Exeter said while Antarctica will not become entirely green, it is likely to become greener than it currently is.


Queensland government offering Adani a ‘royalties holiday’

Senate Inquiry into Centrelink Debt Program and other Zedlines...

The final hearing of a senate inquiry into Centrelink’s Automated Debt Program will take place today in Canberra. (Image: Wikipedia)

The inquiry comes after more than two hundred thousand individuals have received false debt recovery letters, making one in five of the notices inaccurate.

Anglicare Australia, who are attending the hearing today, say that Centrelink is creating fear among citizens when it is the agency responsible for assisting those most in need.


Fairfax Spends Half a Billion on Redundancies

Fairfax Media have spent half a billion dollars on redundancies in the past nine years, a senate inquiry has found.