Human Rights

Manus Island could be closed before election

Manus Island detainees could be release the custody of the Australian government two days before the election. (source: flickr)

Developments in renewable energy

A Queensland researcher discovered a new way to turn human waste into renewable electricity.

Advanced Water Management Centre researcher Dr Shihu Hu developed a way to recover more methane gas than with traditional waste treatment.

Dr Hu said his method could save hundreds of thousands of dollars at energy facilities, and could see them become energy neutral.

 

Religious education under review

UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights find Eritrea guilty - and more Zedlines

The Government has committed crimes since the calling of Eritrea's independence in 1991. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Healthcare improvements to rural areas 

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia have come together with the Australian Medical Association to bring about healthcare improvements in rural areas.

A study published by RDAA president and Queensland GP Dr Ewen McPhee highlighted significant discrepancies and disadvantages in rural healthcare.

Dr McPhee called for a national approach to the issue, which entails uniform treatment of patients no matter their location as well as standardised training for rural health professionals.

Time in green space improves mental health - and more Zedlines

Time in green space improves mental health, Grandmother avoids sentence for medicinal marijuana, Police case against cheating Indian students and more Zedlines

Time in green space improves mental health

Recent research conducted by the University of Queensland has found that even a small amount of time spent in green spaces can lead to measurable improvements in a person’s health. 

University of Queensland Associate Professor Richard Fuller says spending 30min or more in outdoor green spaces each week can decrease prevalence of depression by 7 percent, and high blood pressure 9 percent. 

NSW flood victims unlikely to be insured and more Zedlines

NSW flood victims unlikely to be insured, green tree frog flown to hospital after being run over by lawnmower and more Zedlines...

Spider venom to be used to treat digestive conditions

 

A group of researchers from the University of Queensland and University of Adelaide have collected venom from hundreds of spiders and scorpions to understand how venoms activate pain signals.

 

They say pain associated with digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, could be treated with tarantula venom.

 

They found a toxin in tarantula venom activated a sodium channel in the skin’s nerves, which transmits a mechanical pain response sent to the brain.

Attack on Jordan Security Office leaves five dead and more Zedlines

Free Go Card trips to be scrapped in new budget, an attack on Jordan Security Office leaves five dead and more Zedlines.

Free Go Card trips to be scrapped in budget

The ‘nine and free’ fare scheme on Queensland’s public transport is set to be scrapped in the state budget, as the government has lost over one hundred and seven million dollars since 2012.

 

In the last financial year alone, the tenth free trips accrued by Translink users has cost the state almost 28 million dollars in lost revenue, which has only benefited around fifteen per cent of south-east Queensland’s Go Card users.

 

Townsville to receive $6.6 million hospital upgrade and more Zedlines

For the first time in 15 years Townsville Hospital will receive funding towards redeveloping and expanding their children's ward.

Brisbane set to manufacture MND drug

Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk announced yesterday a significant deal that would see Brisbane manufacture a potential new treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

 

Palaszczuk told the BIO International Convention in the United States that Woolloongabba’s Patheon signed a deal with Queensland company NuNerve Party Limited to manufacture a drug for MND, which will eventually be used in human trials.

 

More flooding as wild weather moves south and more Zedlines

After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds. (Source: Wikicommons)

More flooding as wild weather moves south
After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds.

Emergency services in Tasmania warns Launceston is facing its biggest flood threat in more than 90 years as rivers in the states north and northwest are rising faster than anticipated.

Animal rights activists want calf scruffing banned and more Zedlines

Animal Liberation Queensland has labelled the calf scruffing practice mindless animal exploitation (Image Source: Pixabay)

 

Animal rights activists want calf scruffing banned

Animal rights activists are calling on the Queensland government to ban calf scruffing.

The controversial practice involves the competitive tackling of calves, with teams racing to wrestle a calf to the ground.

Animal Liberation Queensland released footage of the practice at the Boonah Show recently, labelling it mindless animal exploitation.

Community unrest after Indigenous residents arrested in central Queensland

Australian food labelling laws prove expensive and more Zedlines

Food labelling laws to take effect (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Investigation into Indigenous Australian arrests 

The arrests of three residents in a central Queensland Indigenous community has sparked a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.

The man and two women were arrested in Woorabinda last Saturday for obstructing police, following a dispute when their car was pulled over.

Queensland Police are denying community unrest despite rallies and meetings following the event.

Redlands Residents Support Same Sex Marriage

Redlands Residents Support Same Sex Marriage, Polls Show Opposition Toward Transgender Education, Australian Tourist Not Exempt From the Death Penalty and more Zedlines (image: youtube)

Redlands Residents Support Same Sex Marriage.

A survey conducted by a Redlands group in support of marriage equality has found over 94 of respondents support same-sex marriage.  

The survey was conducted in conjunction with Australian Marriage Equality after Liberal MP Andrew Laming claimed the electorate was divided on the issue, citing 50/50 results of a poll he had conducted.

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