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Australian pensioners selling pain medications to pay bills and more zedlines

The Rural Doctors Association believe elderly people in regional Australia are on-selling their prescription painkillers so that they can pay their bills with the profit they make from the illegal trade. Picture source: Flickr.

President of the Rural Doctors Association, Ewen McPhee said he is not aware of how widespread the problem is, but said misuse of prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin and Endone was rife in rural areas.

Mildura Pharmacist, Eric Oguzkaya said elderly customers tend to fly under the radar and on-sold drugs more than professionals suspect.

Mr Oguzkaya has also heard reports of elderly people being intercepted and intimidated by drug dealers outside of doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies.

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Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 3

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.

Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 2

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.

Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 1

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.

QLD targeting zero net emissions by 2050 and other Zedlines

The state government has voiced its plan to target zero net emissions in Queensland by 2050 (Image:Wikimedia).

Queensland is currently the heaviest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions when ranked against the other states and territories in Australia, releasing over 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions in 2015 alone.

Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad, insisted that the plan is vital in helping Australia meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

New space for Brisbane creatives

QPS VS Towing Company

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has become embroiled in a conflict with towing company tow.com.au, who are contracted to impound cars caught doing burnouts, racing or other hooning behavior at a cost to the driver.

QPS has ordered an injunction against the company to prevent them from texting car owners to call Police Minister Mark Ryan about disputed impoundment fees and the QPS is threatening drop tow.com.au.

The towing company alleges they are in debt for 10 million dollars and is demanding payment from the Queensland Police for their services.

Queensland to become leader in clean energy growth

The Palaszczuk government have unveiled plans to become the leader in clean energy growth by the year 2050.

Camel escapes from NT Circus

Northern Territory police have been led on a wild camel chase after the runaway animal escaped from a local Circus.

The camel put peak hour traffic at a standstill while it proceeded to evade recapture by circus workers and police.

It was eventually restrained on the ninth green of a golf course, not quite making it to the bar.

Construction on New England Highway begins

Construction has begun on new overtaking lanes on the New England Highway between Yarraman and Toowoomba.

The seven million dollar project will add an extra 1.3 kilometers of road and provide motorists more opportunities f to overtake safely.

XXXX Closure Rumours Swirl and more Zedlines

United Voice Union claims the XXXX Brewery in Milton is shutting down, but management of the brewery say they are actually looking to hire new staff.

The union is currently in discussion with XXXX over new pay agreements and hire of casual workers, causing rumours and doubts about the future of the brewery.

United Voice coordinator Damien Davie claimed workers received threats the plant would close if negotiations to replace full-time positions with part-time and casual positions were unsuccessful.

 

ID Scanner Laws Relaxed for State of Origin

Only 10% of year 12 students are studying a different language and more Zedlines...

The percentage of year 12 students studying a different language in year 12 has decreased from 40% in 1960 to 10% in 2016 despite Australia becoming more culturally diverse.

Assistant Professor at the University of Melbourne Ruth Fielding argues that Australia’s multilingual diversity is being stifled by a monolingual culture and approach to curriculum in schools.

Bilingualism is a skill most people will benefit from and is highly likely that students today will use it in their future jobs. 

 

 

Guidance on sale of sugary beverages

 

Queensland Health has offered guidelines to Queensland hospitals regarding the sale of sugary drinks.

Queensland researchers create life saving super bananas and more zedlines

Queensland researchers have created genetically modified bananas that will be used to save the lives of thousands of east African children. Picture source: Wikimedia.

The bananas, which contain upwards of four times the normal amount of Vitamin A found in a standard banana, will assist in the prevention of deficiencies which can lead to blindness, an impaired immune system and delayed brain development.

Jean-Yves Paul of the Queensland University of Technology said the bananas will make a significant contribution to preventing the deaths of  700,000 children worldwide each year resulting from Vitamin A deficiency, particularly those in rural areas.

LNP Convention comes to town

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