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Australian supermarket chains connected to company accused of using child labour - And more 8am Zedlines

Australian supermarket chains connected to company accused of using child labour, Opposites attract for push to re-introduce Queensland’s upper house, Private sector called on to help fund Great Barrier Reef clean up, Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe

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Opposites attract for push to re-introduce Queensland’s upper house

The Greens are joining forces with Family First in a push to re-introduce the upper house into Queensland parliament.

The Legislative Council was dissolved in 1921 by the incumbent Labor Party, who viewed its Governor-appointed members as unconstitutional.

The issue has returned to the political spotlight with tentative support coming from Katter’s Australian Party, however both Labor and the LNP do not back the move.


Uncontrolled migration leads to world summit:

The influx of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and throughout the world has caused leading policy makers to organise a world summit on uncontrolled migration policy to be held in Australia.

Aroha speaks to convenor Mark Ryan on the cause of the summit and its aims.


Aroha Liebhart


Mark Ryan

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Obama calls for urgent drafting of stronger background checks - and more 11am Zedlines

Gun shows in America allow for people to buy firearms without background checks being performed. Image Source: WikiCommons

Brisbane Kurdish fighter still under investigation

The Brisbane man recently returned after fighting for Kurdish liberation fighters against ISIS in Syria is still under investigation, according to acting Justice Minister Peter Dutton.

Ashley Dyball returned to Brisbane on Monday after being deported from Germany and detained for questioning by Federal Police before being released.

Mr Dyball could be charged under the foreign fighters bill, which has been criticised by human rights advocates along with other recent anti-terror laws.

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi begins hunger strike - and more 10am Zedlines

Raif Badawi has been moved to an isolated prison and has begun a hunger strike. Protesters gathered outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Oslo demanding Mr Badawi's release in January of this year. Image Source: WikiCommons.

QLD solar farm set to provide 10% of large-scale solar in Australia

A solar farm in Barcaldine in central western Queensland is set to provide ten percent of the country’s large-scale solar power.

Construction for the project has begun, and will provide 175 jobs during the construction phase of the solar farm which is expected to be finished in April 2017.

Australia Renewable Energy Agency CEO Ivor Frischknecht said because it is in a regional area, it will help with energy and voltage stability issues in the region.

Only 6.4% of films directed by women in 2013/2014 - and more 8am Zedlines

The crown-of-thorns starfish has destroyed 60,000 hectares of live coral over the last thirty years, and an imminent bloom is set to destroy more. Image Source: WikiCommons

Unemployment rate falls in QLD

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the state’s November unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent, point five percent down from where Campbell Newman’s government left it.

Mr Pitt said more than fifty thousand new jobs had been created in Queensland, with almost fifteen thousand of those being full-time jobs.

Opposition employment spokesman Tim Nicholls said falling unemployment in the state is welcome.

Crown-of-thorns starfish populations set to skyrocket

Guards injured in Townsville prison protest - and more 9am zedlines

Reports of three prison guards injured in a protest at the Townsville Correctional Centre. Image source:

Palmer’s plea to rescue nickel refinery

The Queensland government is resisting Clive Palmer’s appeal for aid in rescuing his 2 billion dollar refinery due to his lack of transparency.

Treasurer Curits Pitt says Palmer stated in October the jobs of 800 workers at the Yabulu refinery were safe, but is now threatening to close the business if the state doesn’t bail him out.

Palmer stated he was seeking minimal assistance from the Queensland government to ensure the continued operations of the Townsville refinery while the price of nickel is still low.

Church kept knowledge of "ticking time bomb" paedophile priests "in-house" - and more 11am Zedlines

The child abuse commission has seen minutes of a 1992 meeting of top church officials showing the church knew paedophile priests were a ticking time bomb. Source: WikiCommons

Protesters to gather for release of Iranian refugee

Protesters will picket Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s electoral office today calling for the release of Iranian refugee Mojgan Shamsalipoor.

The 21-year-old was detained in December 2014, when immigration officials forcibly took her from her classroom at Yeronga State high school and transferred her to a Darwin detention centre.

The action sparked a campaign for her release by students and teachers at the school, and has raised controversy about asylum-seeker rights and welfare.

Brisbane man fighting for Kurdish forces detained in Germany - and more 10am Zedlines

As a part of China's has commitment to reducing their CO2 emissions by 60% by 2020, coal-fired power plants in China will be upgraded to cut emissions. Image Source: WikiCommons

Queensland employment program to help autistic adults

A Queensland man is one of the first recipients of a new employment program to boost the number of jobs available to autistic adults.

Joel Bissmire was employed as a software developer by technology company Hewlett-Packard in Brisbane two months ago, and is so far loving it.

The program is being tracked by a research team at La Trobe University, the first project of its kind to track long-term progress.

Same-sex civil partnerships restored in QLD - and more 8am Zedlines

Cape York is home to high quality timber that could be burnt instead of salvaged by Rio Tinto's bauxite operations. Image Source: WikiCommons

Same-sex civil partnerships restored in QLD

Same-sex civil partnerships will once again be recognised in Queensland after the Newman government scrapped the laws in 2012.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the changes will have a positive effect on younger gay, lesbian and bisexual people who are struggling with their sexuality.

Katter’s Australian Party MP Robbie Katter said civil unions are a stepping stone to marriage and does not support the move.

Traditional owners urging Rio Tinto to salvage $600m of timber

Manus Island refugees suggesting death - and more 9am zedlines

A leaked letter signed by over 600 detainees on Manus Island is suggesting the Australian Government have them killed. Image source: DeviantArt

New regulations see more nurses in Qld hospitals

Safe nurse-to-patient ratios will become mandatory in Queensland public hospitals under legislation introduced to parliament yesterday.

The amendments to the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 will require minimum ratios of one nurse to four patients for morning and afternoon shifts, and one nurse to seven patients for night shifts in certain public health service facilities.

The ratios will be introduced in stages across Queensland from July 2016.