Human Rights

Far right leader concedes defeat in the Netherlands and more Zedlines

There is celebration in the Netherlands as populist, far right leader Geert Wilders concedes defeat after losing the highly contentious election. (Image Source: Metropolico.org).

The anti-Muslim, anti-immigration leader and his PVV party had been leading in the polls leading up to Wednesday’s election, but support for the party slipped in recent days.

 

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his centre-right party VVD are set to head up the country’s next coalition government.

 

Mr Rutte said the election was a celebration of democracy and the people of the Netherlands had said no to “the wrong kind of populism”.

 

Brisbane tourism set to grow

 

Interview with Kevin Kadirgamar the lawyer for Mojgan Shamsalipoor Part 2

This is the story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor an Iranian asylum seeker. She is a young woman who has accomplished so much while facing some incredibly difficult circumstances. Even though she has become an integral part of her community she still faces many challenges as her bridging visa is set to expire next week on the 21st of March. 

Interview with Kevin Kadirgamar the lawyer for Mojgan Shamsalipoor Part 1

This is the story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor an Iranian asylum seeker. She is a young woman who has accomplished so much while facing some incredibly difficult circumstances. Even though she has become an integral part of her community she still faces many challenges as her bridging visa is set to expire next week on the 21st of March. 

An Ordinary Woman and her Extra-Ordinary Journey

If International Women's Day taught us anything, it is that ordinary women do the most extraordinary things. 
Much of the time though, these stories fall between the cracks. 
Roz is an ordinary women who has faced extra ordinary challenges to become the woman she's meant to be. 
Her journey is at once specific and universal.

By 4ZZZ reporter Nicole Keramos.

(Image credit: Pixabay/Anonymous) 
 

Queensland Innovators to Pitch to Global Investors at Myriad and More Zedlines

Entrepreneurs from across Queensland will present their wares and pitch to global investors at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane this month. (Image: Flickr)

The Palaszczuk Government is supporting a 127-strong delegation from all corners of Queensland to showcase their business ideas to local and international world industry leaders.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the festival will open doors to new customers, investors and contacts for the Queensland innovators and develop ground-breaking products and business services for global investors.

Ipswich police ward off ghost hunters and more zedlines

Authorities have issued a stern warning to amatuer ghostbusters, who feel the need to trespass at a former insane asylum. Source: Pixabay.

Ipswich Police are beefing up security at the former Goodna Asylum for the Insane as a response to the increase of a large number of groups trying to sneak into the facility.

Many resources and police man hours have been wasted chasing away groups of teens and wannabe ghost hunters from the facility, which is now a safe haven for those who are dealing with mental illness.

New $7.2 million police facility for Cairns

Free to charge or free of charge: update for renewables and more Zedlines

Elon Musk and Malcolm Turnbull have discussed renewable energy after a 100 day battery farm proposal by the former. Image source: Public Domain Pictures

The billionaire entrepreneur offered to solve South Australia’s electricity problem by building a Tesla battery farm in the state within 100 days, or it would be free of charge.

A spokesman from the PM’s office said the two had an “in-depth” discussion on storage and the future of electricity. This came after Mr. Musk spoke with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill about fixing the state’s electricity problems.

 

Robot to aid QLD emergency team

Queensland Police have unveiled a new robot to aid service personnel.

UN humanitarian chief appealing for famine funds and more Zedlines

The UN humanitarian chief is appealing for funds to combat famine in four countries.

Humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, has pleaded the UN Security Council for “collective and coordinated global efforts” to gather 4.4 billion dollars by July in order “to avert a catastrophe”.

The world is facing the largest ever humanitarian crisis with over 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria suffering from famine and starvation.

O’Brien says the famine in these countries is man made and due to the ongoing conflicts and absence of political intervention to stop the violence.

 

Queensland womens' prisons severely overcrowded and more Zedlines

A recent study shows women’s prisons to be severely overcrowded. Image source:

Inmate numbers released to Australian Regional Media show Queensland Corrective Services are housing hundreds of additional offenders without creating extra facilities.

Brisbane Women’s Correctional Central is housing one hundred and twenty women above its legal capacity and Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre holds an extra forty women.

Queensland Correctional Services accommodated these women by placing a mattress on the floor next to the cell’s exposed toilet.

Nude Olympics to be held in Byron Bay

Potential flood warning for Brisbane residents and more Zedlines

Brisbane residents are being warned of potential flooding over the weekend as tidal predictions suggest abnormally high king tides over the next few days. Image: Wikimedia.

The Brisbane City Council believes the 2.45 and 2.78 metre prediction for 8am this morning and 9am tomorrow morning respectively, could see those living around the bayside, the riverside and other low lying suburbs affected.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned residents of a high chance of storms Sunday, with rainfall expected for the afternoon.

A list of locations handing out sandbags throughout the weekend can be found online.

Brisbane City Council partners with Goa

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