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New changes to youth justice laws and more Zedlines

Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government. (Image Source: Flickr)

New changes to youth justice laws
Queensland Parliament has passed an amendment bill with changes to youth justice laws, reversing several ones from the former Newman government.

The laws were modified to prevent young offenders from being named and shamed in courts, make prison a last resort in sentencing, and keep 17-year-olds out of adult prisons until they turn 18.

Advocacy group Youth Affairs Network argues the changes are welcome but do not address the root of the problem.

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure and more Zedlines

Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia. (Source: Flickr)

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure
Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia.

Their research shows different states have varying exposure limits and monitoring methods.

The experts are calling for a national monitoring standard in line with international standards.

In Queensland there are eight confirmed cases of black lung disease with two more cases pending verification.

QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul and more Zedlines

The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul
The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement.

QCOSS CEO Mark Henley says better targeting concession fares will remove cost barriers for people who need transport to look for work, and can help ensure equality for those on low incomes.

The public transport revamp could see over 90 per cent of commuters better off, with concession fares being extended to asylum seekers and those on the newstart allowance.

Liberal Party preferences leave Greens last and more Zedlines

The Liberal Party and The Australian Labor Party have announced preference deals to bolster their chances in crucial seats as deals begin to emerge three weeks out from the July 2 election. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

Liberal Party preferences leave Greens last
The Liberal Party and The Australian Labor Party have announced preference deals to bolster their chances in crucial seats as deals begin to emerge three weeks out from the July 2 election.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Liberal Party would preference the Greens last, or behind Labor in every Lower House seat, a move Mr Turnbull said he made in the public interest to avoid an unstable Labor-Greens minority Government.

TransLink overhaul and more Zedlines

Public transport in south-east Queensland will undergo an overhaul after an independent review into TransLink’s prices. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

TransLink overhaul
Public transport in south-east Queensland will undergo an overhaul after an independent review into TransLink’s prices.

New changes include eight travel zones instead of 23, decreased travel fares, extended off-peak period, and concession fares for job seekers and asylum seekers.

A new fare scheme where travel is half-priced after the eighth trip will replace the current nine-and-free plan.

The changes are expected to take place next year.

Hydrogen cars closer to reality

Scientists have devised a process that allows hydrogen to be efficiently sourced from liquid formic acid, a discovery that has promising implications for the reality of hydrogen-powered cars for the masses.

Mr Athanasios Zavras was the study's first author, and spoke about the project.

New driver-targeting tech has privacy concerns

Overseas technology could see police in Australia using devices to check drivers' mobile metadata without a warrant.

The technology, which some are calling 'textalysers', would be used to see whether people were texting while driving.

Melbourne University's Dr Suelette Dreyfus says it has worrying implications for citizen rights and privacy.

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Translink to scrap 9 and free scheme

A Fairfax media report announced that Translink are scrapping their 9 and free go card scheme after claims they have lost $107 million since its introduction in 2012.

This scheme has been running for four years and allows commuters to travel for free on their go card after they complete nine trips in one week.

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Attack on Jordan Security Office leaves five dead and more Zedlines

Free Go Card trips to be scrapped in new budget, an attack on Jordan Security Office leaves five dead and more Zedlines.

Free Go Card trips to be scrapped in budget

The ‘nine and free’ fare scheme on Queensland’s public transport is set to be scrapped in the state budget, as the government has lost over one hundred and seven million dollars since 2012.

 

In the last financial year alone, the tenth free trips accrued by Translink users has cost the state almost 28 million dollars in lost revenue, which has only benefited around fifteen per cent of south-east Queensland’s Go Card users.

 

QUT to introduce full smoking ban

QUT is set to ban smoking from all three campuses from July 1. The announcement was made to coincide with today’s World No Tobacco Day, and would see QUT following the Australian Catholic University at Banyo’s example in banning smoking of all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes. Image: Wikipedia

QUT to introduce full smoking ban

QUT is set to ban smoking from all three campuses from July 1.

The announcement was made to coincide with today’s World No Tobacco Day, and would see QUT following the Australian Catholic University at Banyo’s example in banning smoking of all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes.

QUT acknowledges that smoking is a personal choice, but that students should be able to study in a smoke-free environment, and those who wish to smoke will need to leave campus.

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