Human Rights

Medical cannabis amnesty needed: Civil Liberties Council

A recent poll conducted for Palliative Care Australia found overwhelming support for medical cannabis: 67 per cent of people surveyed were happy to see the drug used to help patients with chronic pain and illness, 24% were undecided, while only 9% were opposed. With such high levels of public support, even drug war warriors like Tony Abbott have apparently come on board.

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Food manufacturers in the US have three years to remove trans fatty acids from their products [image: wikipedia public domain]

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Great Barrier Reef fish suffer clogged gills and disease

Sediment on the Great Barrier Reef is clogging up fish gills and causing disease, a Queensland study of baby clownfish shows.

James Cook University researchers found that sediment-exposed fish have high amounts of mucus around their gills, and that sediment also promoted the growth of bacteria linked to disease.

The study highlighted the need for the continued protection of coastal oceans in Australia and overseas affected by suspended sediment.

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The David Fleay Wildlife Park (home of this wallaby) is set to recieve a new ampitheatre. [image sourced from commons.wikimedia]

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New amphitheatre for Gold Coast Wildlife Park

Construction is about to start on a new amphitheatre at the David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast. The project will work with community and education providers to deliver wildlife education programs.

The Queensland Government has provided four hundred thousand dollars funding for the wildlife park.

Translink, a rip off?

What's your experience with public transport in Brisbane?

Overpriced and underdone?

Or are you broadly happy?

Well, one group says it's a terrible rip-off, and they want to do something about it.

4ZZ reporter Andrew Messenger talked to Tony Corbett, the co-producer of the Translink rip-off.

Originally broadcast 9/6/15

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Queensland Government considering ban on single-use plastic bags and Indian Prime Minister under scrutiny following sexist comments. (Image: Flickr)

This is whats making news at 9am, Tuesday 9th June.

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Jetstar plane makes emergency landing in Rockhampton.


A Jetstar plane flying from Brisbane to Mackay has been forced to make an emergency landing in Rockhampton after smoke was found in the cabin.

All passengers are safe and well said Cr Neil Fisher also saying “The plane landed safely and at the moment the air services fire unit are going through the plane to determine what the problem is.”

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(Photo courtesy of the ABC) Former ABC studio to be developed into residential buildings and why drinking coffee in the morning could be counterproductive.

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Former ABC studio to be developed into residential buildings


The former ABC Studio site on Coronation Drive at Toowong has been approved for development by the Brisbane City Council’s planning and development assessment development committee.

The $430 million development by Sunland is for three residential towers, each apparently shaped like ‘champagne flutes’. Two of three towers will be twenty-four storeys high, with the other at twenty-seven.

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Former ABC site approved for development, and enough support in Federal Government to pass marriage equality bill with free vote. (Image: Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Former ABC studio to be developed into residential buildings


The former ABC Studio site on Coronation Drive at Toowong has been approved for development by the Brisbane City Council’s planning and development assessment development committee.

The $430 million development by Sunland is for three residential towers, each apparently shaped like ‘champagne flutes’. Two of three towers will be twenty-four storeys high, with the other at twenty-seven.

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The Premier has announced that laws protecting the Great Barrier Reef will be introduced next week...[image: Pixabay]

Laws protecting the reef to be introduced next week


Laws protecting the Great Barrier Reef will be introduced into Queensland Parliament next week, according to the Premier.

When asked if the laws would limit port expansion to existing ports, Anastacia Palaszczuk said there would be good news but could not give specifics.

She said that there is some final consultation to happen, but she’s quite sure that there will be good news for Queensland.

Legacy way prices announced

Phillipines the first to offer help to adrift asylum seekers

The Philippines is the first country to indicate it will accept the thousands of migrants who become stranded at sea when other countries refuse to launch rescue missions.

Manila honoured its commitment to the UN Refugee convention by indicating its aslyum seeker centre will provide humanitarian aid.

Migrants usually become stranded on the Andaman sea off the Thai coastline - a long way from the Philippines - however the gesture is regarded as a breakthrough by humanitarian and migrant support groups.

Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand currently have a turn-back-boat policy with nearly 3000 people seeking aid denied assistance - despite international pressure and the UN’s warnings of floating coffins in the region's seas.

State and territories unite a second time to save community legal aid from budget cuts

State and territory attorney-generals united a second time to write to their federal counterpart, Senator George Brandis, in an appeal to safeguard community legal services.

Concern was raised when the second budget speech revealed that commonwealth funding for community legal services would drastically drop after 2017.

The letter to Senator Brandis states that the cuts are "at odds with both the Productivity Commission's recommendations and the Commonwealth's own commitments to tackle domestic violence and Indigenous disadvantage".

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell publicly affirmed the state’s unity, despite attorney generals belonging to different parties. He claims the cuts risk the viability of community legal services nationwide.

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