Human Rights

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker has died on Nauru - and more Zedlines

A young Bangladeshi asylum seeker has died in hospital on Nauru after a series of cardiac arrests yesterday. [SOURCE:asiapacific.anu.edu.au]

Queensland Parliament passes laws to phase out grazing

Queensland Parliament has passed laws to phase out grazing leases in the state's national parks.

The legislation makes it more difficult for graziers to extend any of the 83 current leases in the state to graze their cattle in national parks.

National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the legislation ensures a focus on conserving nature.

 

Rural teachers concerned NAPLAN test too city-centric

QUT showcases new surgical robotic arm - and more Zedlines

QUT showcases new robotic arm for surgery, Peter Dutton accepts PNG ruling on abortion case, Bangladesh executes a top Islamic leader, and more Zedlines (image:QUT).

QUT showcases new robotic arm for surgery

QUT has debuted a new robotic arm to help with hip replacements.

Professor of Orthopaedic Research Ross Crawford demonstrated the robotic technology. During the Prime Minister’s visit to Brisbane yesterday.

Refugee Council of Australia slams 2016 Federal Budget

The 2016 Federal Budget delivered by Treasurer, Scott Morrison on Tuesday benefitted business, unemployed youth, property owners and women. However, it was also criticised, in particular for its lack of support for refugees.

The Refugee Council of Australia labelled the latest budget as a “do nothing document” in terms of national refugee policy. To find out more about this criticism, 4ZZZ reporter Toby Crockford spoke with Refugee Council of Australia spokesperson, Tim O’Connor.

Asylum seeker in critical condition moved to Brisbane and other zedlines

Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, where the asylum seeker are being held (source: wikipedia)

Queensland LNP spill

Former treasurer Tim Nicholls announced his nomination for leadership of the Queensland LNP where he will compete with current leader Lawrence Springborg and Tim Mander.

Mr Nicholls’ move comes after MP Tim Mander quit the opposition frontbench on Wednesday afternoon and announced his intention to run as leader.

 

Tobacco price hike

The price of tobacco is set to rise in Queensland again following the Federal Budget.

Canadian wild fire leads to evacuation of 88,000 people and more Zedlines

A state of emergency broke out yesterday after the blaze already destroyed 80% of Fort McMurray's Beacon Hill community. (Source: Flickr)

Domestic violence campaign to overhaul family law systems

After speaking at a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence in Brisbane last night, Rosie Batty is launching a new campaign to overhaul the family law system.

The former Australian of the year will launch a campaign backed by the Women’s Legal Service focusing on providing survivors with free legal help in family law cases.

Domestic violence campaign to overhaul family law systems and more Zedlines

Former Australian of the year Rosie Batty will launch a Women's Legal Services Australia campaign focused on providing survivors with free legal help in family law cases. (Image Source: Flickr)

Domestic violence campaign to overhaul family law systems

After speaking at a commemorative event for victims of domestic violence in Brisbane last night, Rosie Batty launched a new campaign to overhaul the family law system.

The former Australian of the year will launch a Women's Legal Services Australia campaign focused on providing survivors with free legal help in family law cases.

Ms Batty is also seeking to introduce legislation preventing women being directly cross-examined by their abusers in court.

 

Manus Island detainees to take legal action and more

Asylum seekers held on Manus Island will take the government to court over their detainment (source: flickr)

Vigil to commemorate victims of domestic violence                           

A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

The vigil was followed by a 110 kilometre night-time relay race in Southbank to raise awareness for the issue.

Hundreds attended the vigil, including Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, who says the community needs to continue working together to stop domestic violence.

 

Brisbane gets town crier

Federal budget 2016: how Queensland fared - and more 11am Zedlines

QLD budget highlights, Domestic Violence funding not enough, European countries refusing refugees could be asked to cover costs, and more Zedlines.

 

Queensland Budget Highlights

The budget handed down by Scott Morrison last night revealed that Queensland will receive an extra $2.6 billion of federal money.

For the health sector, key highlights include; $1.1 million a year for the next four years to address blood-borne viruses and STDs in the Torres Straits, $1 million to prevent and treat Zika virus cases, $10.4 million  for mental health reform, $30.3 million for adult public dental services, and a $1.6 million dollar payment for breast cancer screening expansion. 

Federal budget reduces foreign aid spending to record low - and more 8am Zedlines

Federal budget reduces foreign aid spending to record low , Artslink under voluntary administration, Mass Arrests of Protesters in West Papua and more Zedlines (Image ABC News: Matthew Roberts)

UNICEF expresses concern over last night’s budget

UNICEF has expressed serious concern over the announcement of last night’s budget and the implications it has for foreign aid and social services.  Australia’s contribution to foreign aid has been reduced to zero point 22 percent (0.22%) of gross national income.

The budget revealed foreign aid was reduced by a further 224 million dollars, making it the lowest it has ever been.

Potential interest rate cuts ahead of Federal Budget announcement tonight, and more zedlines

Economists are divided over whether the Reserve Bank will cut interest rates ahead of the Federal Budget announcement tonight.

Potential interest rate cuts ahead of Federal Budget announcement tonight

Economists are divided over whether the Reserve Bank will cut interest rates ahead of the Federal Budget announcement tonight.

Speculation over a rate cut was triggered last week with analysts divided over whether cuts will be made dropping interest rates to a record low of 1.75 per cent.

Senior JP Morgan economist Ben Jarman says inflation is too weak for the RBA to ignore with falling unemployment and growth in services sectors demonstrating momentum in the economy.

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