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Yeelirrie Mine Given the Green Light and more Zedlines

The Western Australian Government has approved Cameco’s Yeelirrie mine proposal despite the Environmental Protection Agency knocking back the proposal last year. (image: Australian manufacturing)

In August last year, the Western Australian watchdog denied Cameco’s proposal due to the fact it failed to protect subterranean fauna, 1 of 9 key environmental factors.

State Development Minister Bill Marmoin believes the uranium industry has the potential to economically benefit the state.

It was discovered the proposed mining site in Northern Goldfields is home to tiny stygofauna and troglofauna.

6 People Rescued in Outback Queensland

Leaked memo from Centrelink ordered Staff not to process disputes and more Zedlines....

A leaked internal memo from Centrelink management ordered frontline staff working in branches not to process disputes over the Government’s debt collection scheme. (Image Source Flickr)

 

Obtained by the 7.30 Report, the memo says staff must not process any activities in relation to the Online Compliance Intervention, and should instead refer customers to the online portal… despite reports the portals availability has been patchy.

 

The memo appears to contradict Human Services Minister Alan Tudge’s who says those having trouble with the online and telephone services can go into a Centrelink office and see someone within 10 minutes.

Gold Coast MP Defends Misters using Taxpayer Money

 

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

Commuters in the dark about new Queensland Rail timetable and more Zedlines

Brisbane train commuters are being kept waiting as Queensland Rail’s summer school holiday schedule finishes up, with the replacement timetable due to begin on January 23rd still unpublished.

Changes are expected to reflect an increased patronage on the network with the new school year after issues surrounding a lack of drivers strained the network throughout the end of 2016.

After a November 2016 recruitment drive fielded 100 drivers, seven of the nine new drivers trained have joined the network, with the final two due to begin work at the end of January.

Queensland survey sheds new light on daylight savings trial

Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

Greens call for parliamentary entitlements overhaul and more Zedlines

Greens Leader and Senator Richard Di Natale is calling for an overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system.(image: Flicker; Kate Ausburn)

Senator Di Natale joins other minor party politicians calling for the system to be reformed after federal Health Minister Sussan Ley stood aside amid investigations into her expenses.

Specifically, the Senator wants to introduce a national anti-corruption watchdog which will audit entitlements and provide expenses advice to politicians.

 

Central Queenslanders defy government over ADF land expansion

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Centrelink data-matching under fire and more Zedlines

The former head of the Federal Government’s digital transformation office, Paul Shelter, says the error rates of Centrelink’s data-matching processes are so high that any private enterprise would have gone out of business. (Image Source: Flickr)

 

Centrelink has been increasingly under fire this week amid reports of false debt notices being issued to low-income Australians as a result of new data-matching with the ATO… In some cases, customers are being asked to provide payslips from six years ago.

 

Shelter told The Guardian the Department of Human Services has a culture of blame aversion, with only good news making it up through the chain of bureaucracy.

 

He says failures lead to blame shifting.

 

Indian chemical plant changes carbon emissions into baking soda and more Zedlines..

An Indian chemical plant has figured out how to change all of its carbon emissions into baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

The Tuticorin Alkali chemicals plant in Eastern India that has developed this technology says that this process could end up clearing 10 percent of carbon emissions in atmosphere using this technology

While this carbon capture technology is not new, the Alkali Chemicals Plant in Tuticorin is running without subsidies from the government, proving that this process can be efficient.

Train derails at Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal injuring over a hundred people and more Zedlines....

A commuter train accident is now under investigation after the train derailed Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, New York injuring over a hundred passengers. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

A train has derailed in Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal,  during rush hour on Wednesday morning, American time.

The packed rush hour train hit a bumping block as it pulled into Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal,
Derailing from the tracks and hitting a small workplace structure.

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