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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.

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

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.

Halfway to 2020 Solar Energy Goal and more zedlines

Image source: pixabay The goal of producing 3,000 megawatts of power from Queensland solar panels by 2020 has according to the Queensland government reached the halfway point. These claims come after New South Wales researchers called the government out to put solar panels on roofs such as Suncorp stadium, QPAC and Roma St Station.

The goal of producing 3,000 megawatts of power from Queensland solar panels by 2020 has according to the Queensland government reached the halfway point.

These claims come after New South Wales researchers called the government out to put solar panels on roofs such as Suncorp stadium, QPAC and Roma St Station.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey has not made direct comment on the research but has stated many government owned buildings such as hospitals, schools and emergency services already have solar panels installed.

Report finds carbon farming both lucrative and environmentally friendly and more zedlines

Carbon farming in Western Australia would be a lucrative and environmentally beneficial practise according to the results of a new study. (source: Tim Sackton)

Conservation alliance group Partnership for the Outback recently commissioned the study which found carbon farming would produce more money for the state government and increase vegetation on the land.

The offset scheme of awarding credits to farmers who reduce their carbon emissions through managing livestock or avoiding deforestation is a contentious issue.

As of right now there is one carbon farming project underway in Western Australia.
Concerns over media gagging

One Nation Staffer Being Investigated

Top One Nation figure Sean Black is under investigation over an alleged assault.

The man touted as the future leader of One Nation in Queensland’s heartland is being investigated over assault allegations.

Sean Black, media and policy advisor to Malcolm Roberts, is no stranger to complaints against him having been accused of bullying and flying into fits of rage as a member of Logan City Council.

With One Nation looking like it will make major gains in the next Queensland election, Mr Black is in the frame as a possible state leader.

While no one has been charged police are continuing investigations into the complaint.

Australia’s Power Grid In Need Of Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade

Australia needs to start investing in the future of its energy infrastructure.

Australia’s energy regulator is releasing a report  - recommending a multi-million dollar investment in electricity infrastructure.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report argues that investment now - such as a second energy connector with South Australia - will save money in the long term.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has questioned who will pay for the upgrades and says the report highlights the impact of ambitious renewable energy sources in several states.

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.

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