Human Rights

Greyhound trainer pleads guilty on animal abuse charges - and more 9am Zedlines

Greyhound trainer Tom Noble has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences. Image Source: WikiCommons

UPF launches political party in designated Refugee Welcome Zone

Anti-Islamic group United Patriots Front has chosen Toowoomba as the town to launch their political party, Fortitude.

Toowoomba is a designated Refugee Welcome Zone, and community leaders in Toowoomba have taken a stand against the group by ignoring their party launch and discouraging any counter protests.

Endangered tiger cubs born in Australia Zoo - and more 8am Zedlines

The cubs in Australia Zoo will eventually grow up to only 100kg, making the Sumatran tiger one of the smallest subspecies. Image Source: WikiCommons

Eighteen more schools targeted by bomb threats

Eighteen Queensland schools were evacuated yesterday following a number of threatening phone calls including some bomb threats.

The evacuations are the latest in a series of evacuations coordinated in response to ongoing anonymous threats since the start of the school year.

Police were unable to say if they were any closer to identifying parties responsible for the threats.

Endangered tiger cubs born at Australia Zoo

North Korean rocket launch condemned - and more 8am Zedlines:

A recent North Korean rocket launch has been condemned by the United Nations Security Council with fears it will ramp up work on sanctions. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons.) *The pictured rocket is not the same as the one launched.

Stop and start continues for Adani's Carmichael Mine:

A coal industry analyst is in doubt that Adani will walk away from its Carmichael coal project but suggests it may be postponed until global prices recover.

Minelife senior analyst, Gavin Wendt, predicts that Adani has come too far in establishing the coal mine to abandon it, however he says it is difficult to see the project going ahead until the global coal price increases by at least $20-$25 per tonne.

Anglican Dean of Brisbane "willing to get arrested" in order to protect asylum seekers

On Thursday this week, the Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt announced St John's Cathedral and nine other churches across Australia will provide sanctuary to 267 asylum seekers who are facing deportation to Nauru.

While the legality of the Christian tradition of offering sanctuary has never been tested in Australia, Dr Catt vowed he will do his best to keep immigration authorities out of the churches.

4ZZZ Brisbane Line host John Ballot caught up with Dr Catt, who said he is willing "to see this all the way through" even if that means being arrested.

Spain reports first European Zika virus case - and more 11am Zedlines

Spain has reported the first Zika virus case in a pregnant woman in Europe. Image Source: WikiCommons

BOM warns of heavy rainfall in central QLD

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that parts of central Queensland are set to receive the equivalent of their entire February rainfall in the next 24 hours.

There has already been some flooding in parts of Central Queensland and Wide Bay areas, with Rockhampton experiencing almost 100 milimetres of rains since Thursday morning.

A bureau spokesman said a trough is unlikely to move off shore until Tuesday.

Crash on Pacific Motorway causes major delays

Brisbane churches are invoking sanctuary against a High Court ruling - and more 10AM Zedlines

Around ten Anglican churches across Australia are joining ranks and invoking the ancient rule of sanctuary, opening their doors to asylum seekers. Source: St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, Wikimedia Commons

Churches open doors to refugees 

A Brisbane church has invoked the historical concept of sanctuary and will open it’s doors to any of the 270 refugees who may be forced to return to Manus Island or Nauru after a High Court ruling.

The Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Reverend Dr Peter Catt, said the concept has never been tested under Australian law but he would happily risk prosecution by offering it.

High Court throws out challenge to offshore detention cantres - and more 11am Zedlines

The High Court has found the Australian Government has a legal right to operate offshore detention centres

More than 50 cattle found dead on transport vessel

An animal welfare investigation has launched into the death of more than 50 head of cattle on board a Bass Strait vessel earlier this week.

The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry stated that Victorian and Tasmanian authorities were looking into the deaths and injuries on a number of cattle on board the transport vessel.

Large numbers of livestock have been sent from Tasmania because dry weather conditions have depleted water reserves and pastures.


Adani’s Carmichael coal mine gains final approval - and more 8am Zedlines

Adani’s Carmichael coal mine gains final approval

The Queensland Government gave their final approval for the Adani Carmichael coal mine late yesterday afternoon, however a mining lease must be obtained before proceeding further.

The environmental Department issued 140 conditions, nine of which related to the protection of the black-throated finch.

Peter Dutton to monitor visa application of Return of Kings founder - And more 11am Zedlines...

Mr Dutton says anyone who does not respect women is not welcome in Australia, and has not ruled out refusing the founder of the misogynist group entry to the country. (image source; creative commons)

Local News

Logan City councillor’s promise to donate pay rise criticised by peers

Logan City Councillor Jennie Breene has promised to give away her 18 thousand dollar pay rise if she is re-elected, with former councillors criticising the move as self-serving.

Councillor Breene announced her intention to give her bonus to local sporting, arts and community organisations on Facebook last night, with a stack of local government figures calling the plan a bid to buy votes.

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Indigenous Activist Robbie Thorpe (A Documentary)

In the shadow of another Australia/Invasion/Survival Day we thought we'd throw some light on Aboriginal activist Robbie Thorpe. Robbie is Krauatungalung (Gurnai)/Djapwurrung (Gundditjmara) raised at Bung Yarnda or the Lake Tyers ‘Mission’ in Eastern Victoria. He has devoted his life to advocating for the rights and sovereignty of the Indigenous people of this continent and stands as part of a long line of Indigenous resistance to invasion.