Alternative Energy

New Zealand to exterminate all introduced species and more Zedlines

In a world first, the New Zealand government has announced the introduction of a radical pest extermination programme that aims to wipe out introduced species of rats, stoats and possums by 2050.

Palaszczuk to review proposed terror laws

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will explore Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for the indefinite detention of convicted terrorists.

Mr Turnbull has urged state and territory leaders to support state-based legislation that sees the treatment of terrorists the same as dangerous sex offenders.

Ms Palaszczuk said she will look very closely at the intentions behind the Prime Minister’s  counter-terrorism plans.

Specialist training for Queensland teachers

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police and more Zedlines...

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it. Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller says she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations. Source: News.com.au

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it.

Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller said she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations.

Miller said that Springborg told untruths to the estimates committee and will be writing to the authorities over what she believes is a breach of the criminal code.

Victorian wind farm given the green light and more Zedlines

A 650 million-dollar wind-farm is set to be built in Victoria’s southwest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roma to house Western Queensland’s first domestic violence shelter
Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman has announced plans to provide a shelter in Roma for Victims of Domestic Violence.

The shelter is Queensland’s fourth emergency accommodation service introduced by the Palaszczuk Government and the second rural shelter after Charters Towers.

It will be the first of its kind in Western Queensland and will come as a relief to victims who were previously sent as far as Ipswich for crisis accommodation.

Armed men seize Yerevan police station and more Zedlines

Armed men seize Yerevan police station

Brisbane park awash with red dresses for Kate Bush tribute

Cloudy skies and constant rain was no match for Brisbane’s Kate Bush fans, as they paid tribute to the songstress in a sea of red dresses and smudgy mascara.

Fans met at Spring Hill’s Bedford Park and performed the dance moves to one of Kate’s biggest hits, Wuthering Heights.

They were joined by fans across Australia and the world for The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, an event held over the weekend where participants celebrated Ms Bush and her iconic filmclip.

Attack on Nice and more Zedlines

As many as 70 people are confirmed dead on Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, following a deliberate attack. ( Photo source: Flickr.com)

Planning code greenlights renewable energy proposals 

The Queensland Government has announced a new planning code to support the growing wind farm industry.

The code is a state wide planning process which provides a whole-of-government approach to assessing wind farm proposals, a responsibility which will now fall to the state.

Radical substance abuse program welcomed by addiction experts and more Zedlines

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Radical substance abuse program welcomed by addiction experts

An alternative substance abuse program involving giving free alcohol to help Australian homeless alcoholics has been put forward by Australian addiction experts.

The proposed Managed Alcohol Program would give addicts up to 15 free alcoholic drinks a day in a managed environment, mirroring a similar approach in Canada that has resulted in an overall reduction of alcohol consumption by participants each day.

Hungarian police accused of mistreating refugees and more Zedlines

Image source: Flickr, Martin Leveneur

Hungarian police accused of mistreating refugees

The Human Rights Watch reports some refugees and migrants are being severely beaten by Hungarian police before being sent back across the border to Serbia.

The Hungarian Interior Ministry which protects the border with assistance from the army has rejected the report and says Hungary treats those in need humanely.

Turtle herpes spreading in North Queensland and more Zedlines

A turtle herpes outbreak in tropical North Queensland is raising fears that the potentially life-threatening disease is spreading amongst turtle populations.

Turtle herpes spreading in North Queensland

A turtle herpes outbreak in tropical North Queensland is raising fears that the potentially life-threatening disease is spreading amongst turtle populations.

A survey conducted earlier this year revealed half of the green turtle population just off West Point at Cockle Bay were infected with the disease that causes large tumours to grow on their heads, eyes and shoulders.

Malcolm Turnbull promises $1bn to protect reef

Malcolm Turnbull promises $1bn to protect reef, rain records broken in QLD, Brexit would bring Australia and Britain together, and more zedlines.

QLD Govt announces incentives for interstate and overseas businesses

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk will today announce a $40 million initiative for interstate and international businesses in the Queensland Budget.

The initiative which will cost $40 million over four years is designed to attract businesses to Queensland from overseas and interstate and to create jobs.

Premier Palaszczuk hopes the incentive which will include tax breaks and grants might make the difference to relocate here.

Rain records broken in QLD

Victorian committee recommends euthanasia reform - and more Zedlines

A parliamentary committee in Victoria has recommended reforms that would allow doctors to assist the deaths of patients with a terminal illness. (Image Source: flickr)

Research turns waste into electricity 

A Queensland researcher has discovered a new, more efficient way to turn human waste into renewable electricity.

Advanced Water Management Centre researcher Dr Shihu Hu developed a way to recover more methane gas than with traditional waste treatment.

Dr Hu said his method could save hundreds of thousands of dollars at energy facilities.

 

Doctors call for better rural healthcare 

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