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Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

Draft Great Barrier Reef Response plan contains nothing new and more Zedlines

The Federal and Queensland Government’s draft response to the worst ever coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef this year appears to contain no new funding, nor specify any new significant action to preserve the area. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Draft Great Barrier Reef Response plan contains nothing new

The Federal and Queensland Government’s draft response to the worst ever coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef this year appears to contain no new funding, nor specify any new significant action to preserve the area.

The Northern Great Barrier Reef Response Plan instead refers to a plan ‘nested under the Reef 2050 plan,’ a document used by the government to persuade UNESCO to exclude the reef from its World Heritage in Danger list.

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 

 

Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor graduates High School and more Zedlines

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, the Iranian woman made famous for her battle to be released from immigration detention earlier this year, has been awarded her graduation certificate from Yeronga State High School. source: twitter @MarkBaileyMP

Mojgan was freed from two year-long immigration detention in September after her refugee application was denied.

She was granted a three-month bridging visa upon her release and will be able to live with her husband.

 

Queensland introduces digital learning classes

Queensland State Education Minister Kate Jones, has now introduced compulsory digital learning classes for children in Prep through to year 10.

Queensland-first solar powered water supply on the table and more zedlines

The Mt Isa Water Board has given the green light to begin planning for Queensland’s first solar-powered water supply system. Water Board Chief Executive Stephen Farrelly said the project is still in its infancy, but pre-feasibility studies indicated the project was both viable, and cost-effective. Source: Pixabay

The Mt Isa Water Board has given the green light to begin planning for Queensland’s first solar-powered water supply system.

Water Board Chief Executive Stephen Farrelly said the project is still in its infancy, but pre-feasibility studies indicated the project was both viable, and cost-effective.

The system would harness solar energy to power the pumps which transmit water over 70 km from Lake Julius to Mt Isa’s water treatment plants.

47-storey development approval raises questions and more Zedlines

Conservationists opposed to a residential tower development across from Brisbane’s Customs House are disappointed by an agreement reached yesterday by UQ and developer Cbus Property. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Development of the 47-storey tower was approved by the Brisbane City Council without public consultation just before Christmas last year.

The owners of the heritage listed Custom’s House, UQ, had previously launched an appeal against it.

The Protect Customs House Precinct Group told the Brisbane Times the Queen Street development has failed on a number of levels, and the group is particularly concerned about the survival of a fig tree in the shadow of the tower.

 

Awareness campaigns see domestic violence rates decline

Great Barrier Reef fading fast and more zedlines...

Large scale damage has been found in the Great Barrier Reef north of Cairns following last year's underwater heatwave. Scientists say ongoing surveys of the area stretching from north of Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal the heatwave was the worst recorded coral bleaching episode yet.

Great Barrier Reef fading fast 

Large scale damage has been found in the Great Barrier Reef north of Cairns following last year's underwater heatwave.

Scientists say ongoing surveys of the area stretching from north of Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal the heatwave was the worst recorded coral bleaching episode yet.  

While the southern part of the reef remains healthy it has been estimated that heat stress has lead to the death of 22 percent of coral across the reef.

 

Beer Sales Raise Money For The Great Barrier Reef

A year after its launch, Great Barrier Beer, which offers people the chance to drink while helping to conserve one of the natural wonders of the world, has raised $15,000

Beer Sales Raise Money For The Great Barrier Reef

A year after its launch, Great Barrier Beer, which offers people the chance to drink while helping to conserve one of the natural wonders of the world, has raised $15,000.

The beer is produced by social enterprise, the Good Beer Co, and is brewed by the Bargara Brewing Company in Bundaberg.

About 50 per cent of the beers’ profits are donated to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, funding conservation projects along the Great Barrier Reef.

Israeli Rights Group Vows to Fight Against Settlements

An Israeli Human Rights Group Will Not Be Deterred By Criticism As He Urges UN To Take Decisive Action Against Settlements

An Israeli human rights group will continue to fight against illegal Israeli Settlements despite criticism from the Israeli Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused B’tsalem of making false claims against Israel because the Human Rights Group urged the UN Security Council to take decisive action against the settlements.

Wayne Swan blasts BHP Billiton over tax evasion and more Zedlines

Former Federal Treasurer and current Member of Parliament Wayne Swan has blasted BHP Billiton, accusing them of tax evasion and engaging in activities that were against Australia’s interest. source: wikimedia

Wayne Swan blasts BHP Billiton over tax evasion

Former Federal Treasurer and current Member of Parliament Wayne Swan has blasted BHP Billiton, accusing them of tax evasion and engaging in activities that were against Australia’s interest.

Mr. Swan said that the mining giant had been selling Australian minerals to its Singapore based marketing hub so that it could avoid paying Australia’s higher taxes.

However, in response BHP claimed that it had an effective tax rate of 57 percent in Australia, just lower than their global rate of 59 percent.

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