Human Rights

Australia slips to fourth on Child Prosperity Index and more Zedlines

Australia ranks fourth on the Child Prosperity Index report by the aid agency, Save the Children, slipping from last year’s previous position of third place. Image Source: Flickr

QLD Government will repeal anti-bikie legislation

The State Government is planning to repeal anti-bikie legislation laws from the Newman government era this year.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said that outlaw motorcycle crime only makes up 1 per cent of crime in Queensland. However, the Government is determined to keep cracking down on outlaw motorcycle clubs when new organised crime laws are introduced.

Police summit to discuss rise of youth gang crime and more Zedlines

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Queensland Department completing fewer child abuse cases than last year

According to data released by the Department of Child Safety, only 37 percent of investigations and assessments of child abuse notifications start in the recommended timeframe, down from 39% last year

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentimen says staff are spending more time responding to early cases, leaving longer wait times for official investigations to start.

Federal government teaching test not-compulsury for Queensland graduates and more Zedlines

The Queensland College of Teachers is allowing teaching graduates to postpone sitting the federal government’s new literacy and numeracy tests until next year. Image Source: Holyrood

Federal government teaching test not-compulsury for Queensland graduates

The Queensland College of Teachers is allowing teaching graduates to postpone sitting the federal government’s new literacy and numeracy tests until next year.

Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones said the federal tests were unfunded, and Queensland universities wanted to hold off until next year before requiring students to take the test, so they would not be retroactively charged for it.

22 refugees discovered dead crossing the Mediterranean and more Zedlines

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee discovered a rubber life boat containing the bodies of 22 refugees while patrolling the Mediterranean. Image Source: CAFOD Photo Library

22 refugees discovered dead crossing the Mediterranean

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee discovered a rubber life boat containing the bodies of 22 refugees while patrolling the Mediterranean.

MSF said the dinghy, containing 21 dead women and 1 dead man had been attempting to cross over into Europe via Italy when the rescue ship found them.

Since 2014, over ten thousand migrants have died or been lost at sea on the voyage to Europe, according to the UNHCR.

Mass grave of greyhounds found and more Zedlines

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds. Photo: Wikipedia

Mass grave of greyhounds found

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds.

The dogs buried there are believed to have been killed between two thousand and nine and two thousand and thirteen because they were under-performing and no longer needed.

Donald Trump officially announced as Republican nominee and more Zedlines...

Donald Trump has been officially announced as the Republican Nominee during the second day of the Republican Convention in Ohio.

Donald Trump officially announced as Republican nominee

Donald Trump has been officially announced as the Republican Nominee during the second day of the Republican Convention in Ohio.

Trump’s home state of New York gave him 89 delegates, the final votes needed to secure the nomination.

Before formally submitting Trump’s name Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions described him as a singular leader and that he could get America back on track.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election and more Zedlines...

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public. The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

ECQ Investigating Gold Coast City Council Election

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is investigating the financial campaign activity during the Gold Coast City Council election after inquiries from the public.

The ECQ says it is committed to ensuring that all participants in a local government election act in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act.

Union fears safety as Airservices cuts up to one in five jobs and more Zedlines

Airservices Australia will cut up to one in five jobs this Wednesday, following a fall in profitability, with its first loss of $13.5 million this year. (Image Source: Pexels)

Barrett Centre Inquiry Finalised
An inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Centre, a specialist adolescent mental health facility has found that former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg was “poorly advised”.

The inquiry, handed down by Commissioner Margaret Wilson, also found a lack of communication between parents, families and staff and insufficient record keeping.

Three former patients committed suicide after the centre was closed, and patients were moved into different care arrangements.

Marriage equality plebiscite potentially delayed and more Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned a plebiscite on marriage equality may not occur this year.

Tax-free public transport available to thousands

Thousands could have access to tax-free public transport after salary package provider RemServ won a class ruling action from the Australian Tax Office earlier this year.

Once given the go-ahead from Translink, employees from organisations signed up to RemServ will be able to salary sacrifice their work bus commute.

The Queensland Government rejects proposal for mobile cardiology clinic in regional Queensland and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government rejects proposal for mobile cardiology clinic in regional Queensland

The Queensland Government rejects proposal for mobile cardiology clinic in regional Queensland

The State Government rejected a proposal to assist a mobile cardiology clinic designed to treat hundreds of regional Queenslanders each year.

Electrical Engineer and Cardiologist, Rolfe Gomes, launched the mobile clinic, known as THE HEART BUS, and says that he provides procedures that if not treated, could prove fatal.

The heart of Australia Mobile Clinic travels more than 8000 kilometres each month and serves 12 regional communities.

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