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Number of female coalition MPs lowest since 1993 and more Zedlines

The number of women among coalition MP’s is now the lowest since 1993, after the 2016 election saw the proportion of women in parliament fall to 17 per cent. (Image source: wikipedia)

Windorah solar farm breaks down

The Windorah solar farm has broken down, with concerns mounting that the project may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Opened in 2009 by the Queensland Labor Government and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the solar farm was intended to generate 300,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, but according to locals has done little more than offset the cost of diesel.

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time and more Zedlines

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights. (Image source: en.wikipedia.org)

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights.

Yesterday, Federal Court justice Ronald Mansfield ordered the Northern Territory government to pay 3.3 million dollars in compensation to the traditional owners of Timber Creek, which the government had built infrastructure on against their wishes.

Parliamentary review into black lung disease announced and other Zedlines

Following the re-emergence of cases of black lung the Palaszczuk Government has announced a parliamentary review into the disease. Image credit: Wikipedia.

Black lung to receive parliamentary review

The Queensland Government has announced it will set up a parliamentary review into the re-emergence of black lung disease.

After new cases were announced this year an ABC investigation found 4 compensation claims of black lung made between 2007 and 2012.

Stephen Hawking’s theory replicated in Israel and more Zedlines

Stephen Hawking’s theory on the event horizon of a black hole may have been successfully replicated in a lab in Israel. Image: Wikipedia

Stephen Hawking’s theory replicated in Israel
Stephen Hawking’s theory on the event horizon of a black hole may have been successfully replicated in a lab in Israel.

Jeff Steinhauer at the Technion-Israel Institute of Hafia claims to have replicated the conditions of a black hole, which could potentially allow for the measurement of black hole radiation.

The theory of black holes is controversial in the world of physics, and the experiment will require extensive testing before any conclusions can be drawn.

Closure of Manus Island detention centre and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches. Image: Wikimedia

Closure of Manus Island detention centre
Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches.

Manus Island, which currently houses 854 asylum seekers, came under renewed fire after two thousand files were leaked detailing reports of physical and sexual assault at the site.

Explosion in Thai city and more Zedlines

Two bombs have exploded in a Thai city leaving one local women dead and nearly twenty injured. Image source: publicdomainpictures

Explosion in Thailand city

Two bombs have exploded in the Hua Hin resort in Thailand.

The explosion is said to have killed one local woman and injured around nineteen tourists.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, in speaking with the ABC, has confirmed Australia’s embassy in Bangkok is working hard to find whether any Australians were affected.

 

Bill to save Barrier Reef reaches $8.2 billion

New Queensland Rail Link set to be opened and more Zedlines

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The South-East Queensland Moreton Bay Rail Link line is expected to be opened to the public in late 2016 after final tests.

These tests include the closure of the Caboolture-Zillmere line from September 16 to September 23.

While the Minister for Transport Hinchcliffe acknowledges the hindrance this presents, he asks for the residents’ patience and has offered bus services to allow the transport of those dependant on the train line.

 

Queensland farmers tackle climate change

Queensland farmers tackle climate change and more Zedlines

Queensland farmers are being proactive in tackling climate change by installing solar panels, with Bundaberg leading the way with the highest number of installations. Image: Flickr user ricketyus

Queensland farmers tackle climate change
Queensland farmers are being proactive in tackling climate change by installing solar panels, with Bundaberg leading the way with the highest number of installations.

A new report by the Climate Council found those in rural and regional areas are disproportionately affected by climate change which has the potential to worsen the current difficulties such as shrinking populations, unemployment, severe weather events and access to health and education.

Australia: ‘top three for illicit drugs’ and more Zedlines

A new study has found that Australia has the third highest number of illicit drug vendors world-wide. Despite the FBI crackdown on illegal drug websites, Australia remains a hotspot for drug sellers who are able to sell their drugs on secret cryptomarkets online.

Australia: ‘top three for illicit drugs’

A new study has found that Australia has the third highest number of illicit drug vendors world-wide.

Despite the FBI crackdown on illegal drug websites, Australia remains a hotspot for drug sellers who are able to sell their drugs on secret cryptomarkets online.

Australia contributes 10.6 per cent of vendors to the online drug trade worldwide with cannabis remaining the most sought after substance.

Brisbane woman creates reusable sanitary pads

Climate Council pushes for more community energy projects and more Zedlines

In its latest report, the Climate Council said communities are leading the push to move towards renewable energy as Governments remain stagnant on the issue.

Major changes for City traffic

Construction of the Queen's Wharf Casino Precinct in Brisbane City will have major implications for traffic and pedestrians.

Around 50 bus services will be redirected and William Street will be closed for six years, to allow for the demolition of the Executive Building.

The changes will cost around $10 million dollars, and will also include changing cycle ways and upgrading inner city intersections.

 

Proposed boundary changes for Gold Coast electorates

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