Human Rights

Manus Island documents leaked and more Zedlines

Staff at the Manus Island detention centre deliberately worsened conditions for detained asylum seekers, according to leaked documents.

For over a year, centre management and staff have created harsh conditions, in order to coerce refugees into accepting resettlement in Papua New Guinea.

Management and the security contractor drafted the plan early last year, leaving refugees' safety concerns widely unacknowledged. 

Homeowners warned of dangerous hot water installations.

Up to 800 homeowners are at risk after a contractor installed hot water systems using a potentially toxic product.

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Privacy Awareness Week

This week is Privacy Awareness Week. Privacy takes many different aspects and there is a lot we can do as individuals to protect and limit our privacy. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Queenslands Privacy Comissioner Phillip Green about the week and the nature of privacy today. 

 

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Clive Palmer in Federal Court today over collapse of Queensland Nickel and more Zedlines

Former MP Clive Palmer is expected in Federal Court today over the collapse of Queensland Nickel.

Palmer, who appeared unwell last Wednesday, was in court to answer to the whereabouts of his nephew Clive Mensink.

Mr Mensink has been AWOL since last June, overseas evading liquidators while Palmer is currently present in Queensland albeit clutching a sick bag and claiming memory loss due to the medication he is taking.

Disability housing to open in Townsville
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke has put her money where her mouth is, opening a 1.3 million dollar housing project in Townsville, for people living with a disability.

Closure of Manus Island to start in two weeks and more Zedlines

Australia’s Refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will begin closure within the next two weeks, with asylum seekers told to consider their options. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The centre will officially close its doors on the 31st of October this year, with temporary accommodation being offered to those who are found to be seeking refuge.

Refugees will have the option to reside in Papua New Guinea or return home, but none will be re-settled in Australia.

New amendments to ride-sharing legislation have been recommended in Queensland
An inordinate amount of amendments to ride-sharing laws are set to be put to Queensland parliament.

Cholera Outbreak in Yemen's capital

A state of emergency has been declared in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, following a cholera outbreak which has killed 115 people. (Image source: Flickr)

A bitter-sweet ending to sugar standoff
After a 18-month standoff between two of Queensland’s biggest sugar distributors, an agreement into how sugar will be sold into the export market has been made.

For months, Wilmar Sugar and Queensland Sugar Limited have been discussing how sugar will be sold into the export market and after a final session on Friday, negotiations finally concluded.

The cashless welfare card is here to stay, so are it's critics

When it comes to budgets, not everything is a surprise.

The 2017 federal budget included funding for an extension of the Cashless Debit Card trials in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, along with its expansion into two new locations.

The government did not release any figures, though recent FOI data revealed the trial is costing up to $18.9 million or roughly $10,000 for each person with the card.

Student protest Scott Morrison and more Zedlines

Angry students are attempting to interrupt Treasurer Scott Morrison, speaking on housing affordability

In Sydney, University armed with controversial posters and megaphones are protesting over the government's plans to hike up university fees.  

The new budget released students are set to face higher university fees from January next year as part of the Federal Government's overhaul of the higher education sector.

The protest continues, as student fees will rise by 7.5% by 2021.

 

Turtle resuced and released 

Side of avocado with that house deposit? - and more Zedlines...

The avo on toast obsession has taken another turn, as new townhouses in Brisbane’s southwest are being offered alongside the promise of a year’s worth of free avocado on toast. Image source: Good Free Photos

The townhouses in Sherwood, which are going for nearly $600 thousand, are described as featuring “chic design elements” and “quality craftsmanship,” but the real hook is the year’s supply of avocado on toast, once a weekend from nearby cafes.

Real Estate Agent Cameron Crouch said the marketing stunt is aimed at the younger generation, and was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek response to a column which ran in the Australian last year, which chastised young prospective home buyers for spending too much money on brunches rather than saving for a deposit.

 

Dodgy behavior prompts tow truck hotline launch and more zedlines

A tow truck hotline has gone live in Queensland after reports of widespread dodgy behaviour taking place within in the industry. Picture source: Wikimedia Commons

Since it’s launch on Monday, over 180 people have called the hotline, and Queensland Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said he is happy with this response, urging anyone with unfair or terrible experiences on the issue to call the hotline.

Opposition police spokesperson Tim Mander, questioned the initiative in parliament, pondering whether the government’s review of the tow truck industry included the impact of Labor’s softening of the licensing requirements that may have allowed outlaw gang members and affiliates to infiltrate the tow truck industry.

Forests discovered using photo-interpretation tool, and more Zedlines

Vast stretches of undocumented forests, equal to 60% of Australia’s landmass, have been discovered using a new tool to analyse the surface of the earth. Image source: Pixabay

The research was led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and included teams of scientists and students from 15 organisations, including the University of Adelaide.

The researchers carried out their analysis using photo-interpretation tool, Collect Earth, and discovered 467 hectares of what was considered dry land in Australia, was actually dense forest.

University of Adelaide's plant conservation biology chairman, Professor Andrew Lowe said the findings mean scientists now have a new resource that can help mitigate climate change.

 

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