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Orlando LGBT community raise money for families of mass shooting victims - and more Zedlines

LGBT organisation created a donation website that has seen $4 million dollars raised and is continuing to rise.

Parakeelia controversial ties to Liberal Party

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition says tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a company with controversial ties to the Liberal Party, having transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three three years.

Council opposition leader Peter Cumming says the company is effectively channelling ratepayers' money through to the Liberal Party.

Brisbane budget increase 

Australian gender pay association warns against new study and more Zedlines

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce. Image: wikicommons

Australian gender pay association warns against new study

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce.

The study claims women seek out less competitive jobs and suggests their attempts at negotiating tend to be less successful than males’ attempts.

Libby Lyons, Director of Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency has cautioned the study, saying she is not aware of any similar evidence in Australia.

Two Brisbane hospitals among the least efficient in Australia, and more Zedlines

According to the National Health Performance Authority, Prince Charles Hospital and Logan Hospital both rated in the top 10 for most expensive care. [SOURCE: www.nilsen.com.au]

Cash Converters facing class-action lawsuit

Cash Converters faces a class-action lawsuit over claims they charged illegally high interest rates of over four hundred per cent per annum on short-term loans.

Class action Lawyer Miranda Nagy said the loan company introduced brokerage fees to circumvent an interest rate cap of forty-eight per cent, pushing borrowers into a spiral of debt.

Cash Converters said their lending has been undertaken in accordance with regulations.

 

Funding for Indigenous rangers needed

The Australian Greens have called for continued federal funding for Indigenous ranger groups (source: wikimedia)

Black lung disease reappears

Coal miners and union members rallied outside Parliament House on Wednesday protesting the recent cases of black lung disease in the community. Miners urged the government to start taking action and help prevent the disease from being spread to other members of the coal mining industry. Black lung disease is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust and was thought to have been eradicated 30 years ago, however there have been 5 new reported cases since September 2015.
 

Costly cleanup

Mobile laundry for homeless opens on Sunshine Coast, and more 9am Zedlines

Mobile laundry for homeless opens on Sunshine Coast, Telstra confirms backing of same sex marriage, Chinese aircraft lands in South China Sea, and more 9am Zedlines (image source: demilked.com)

Brisbane Mary St Highrise ‘Iglu’ opens after fire safety approval

A student accommodation high-rise in Mary Street called ‘Iglu’ has opened, attaining a fire safety approval after concerns over the materials used in the building’s external cladding.

Three months after being refused certification, the Building and Development Resolution Committee reviewed the material used and gave Iglu the approval to go ahead.

‘Iglu’ is popular among international students, with two hundred and fifty students living in the apartment building.

Department rejects parents’ calls to change religious education and more 10AM Zedlines

The Department of Education and Training says they have no intention to change religious instruction in Queesland schools (Source: Public Domain Pictures)

Shelter for homeless teens closing down

A shelter for homeless teenagers in far north Queensland is closing down due to a lack of funding.

The Cairns youth shelter provides a home for up to six disadvantaged young people while they finish school or university studies.

Founder Dr Harald Falge said the charity helped more than 200 teenagers, however poor health and lack of resources are seeing the shelter close its doors.

 

Department rejects parents’ calls to change religious education

Highlighting Canberra's homeless and more 10am Zedlines

Two of ACT’s advocacy bodies have used Canberra Day as a platform to raise awareness about high rates of homelessness and disadvantage in the territory. (Source: Flickr)

Mid-year boost to Queensland infrastructure

A 500 million dollar injection into the Queensland infrastructure fund will see seven major road and rail projects across the state in the coming years.

Areas from Ipswich to Townsville and in between will receive upgrades to railways and roads, and will boost jobs in those areas, the Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad says.

Trad says the upgrades are projected to begin mid-year, and will mean greater economic growth around key areas of Queensland’s economy.

Rate of Queensland cancer cases more than triples - And more 8am Zedlines

A rise in the state’s general and aging population are attributed to the increase in cases with half of Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with a form of cancer before reaching 80. (image source: creative commons)

 

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Rate of Queensland cancer cases more than triples

The Cancer Council says the rate of Queensland cancer cases has more than tripled over a 30 year period.

A rise in the state’s general and aging population are attributed to the increase in cases with half of Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with a form of cancer before reaching 80.

Domestic Violence conference to discuss electronic options

Experts from across the globe will attend the eSafe Relationships conference at the University of Melbourne tomorrow to share information and ideas on the use of technology to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children.
Co-Chair of the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children and conference convenor, Professor Kelsey Hegarty says the talks will discuss the problems and determine what interventions are most needed.

Housing body calls for urgent reform

National housing policy body National Shelter has called for urgent action on affordable and liveable housing through the upcoming Federal Budget.
National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski says a lack of affordable rental supply is creating increasing inequity and disadvantage in Australia.

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