Today Marks National Sorry Day and more Zedlines

Thursday, May 26 marks National Sorry Day - an event commemorating and expressing regret for the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population.[]

Queensland Parliament Passes New Mining Laws

The Queensland State Parliament has passed laws restoring community rights to object to new mines.

Under the new laws, mining companies will be required to inform landowners and neighbours about proposed mining projects.

The laws also repeal proposed changes allowing mining leases to be granted on restricted land without consent of the owner.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the public has a right to be aware, and to have input into what happens in their community.


Sunshine Coast teen establishes LGBTI school support group - and more Zedlines

Sunshine Coast teen establishes LGBTI school support group, family of child recovery expert protest outside Channel 9 studios, Chinese official visits Hong Kong amidst growing calls for independence, and more Zedlines.

Sunshine Coast teen establishes LGBTI support group at school

A Sunshine Coast teenager has established an LGBT support group at their Noosa high school.

The year 9 student started the ‘Supporters of Queer Adolescents’ group with another pupil in the hopes of creating a safe space to discuss issues and bring about a sense of community for LGBT high school students.

The founder, Samual Bouzanquet, says the group is open for anyone who supports the LGBT community and not just for those who have identified their sexuality.

Queenslanders show support for abortion decriminalisation, and more Zedlines.

Queenslanders show support for abortion decriminalisation, Shorten rules out coalition with Greens, Philippine Election: Rodrigo Duterte wins Presidential spot, and more Zedlines. (Image: Ellen Ransley).

Police union official criticises ethics and anti-corruption bodies

The Ethical Standard Unit (ESU) and Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) have been criticised by a police union official for their treatment of police officers under investigation.

The official, Phil Notaro, is calling for a Royal Commission to look into the alleged corruption within the police service.

Second asylum seeker attempts suicide on Nauru, and more Zedlines.

Report shows 'Lock Out Laws' target wrong end of evening, Second asylum seeker attempts suicide on Nauru, Suicide bombers in Samawa kill at least 36, and more Zedlines. (Image: Nauru refugee processing facility, Wikicommons).

Queensland experiences record high temperature
Temperatures of over 20 Queensland cities and towns have reached a record high.

Weather station data shows temperatures 10 to 13 degrees above average during the weekend, breaking past May records.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects high temperatures to continue throughout May, June, and July.


Report shows 'Lock Out Laws' target wrong end of evening

Poll shows dissatisfaction with compulsory preferential voting, and more Zedlines

Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg said the the new voting system requiring voters to number every square on the ballot paper reverses Fitzgerald-era reforms (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Polls shows dissatisfaction with compulsory preferential voting changes 

A ReachTel poll has found most Queenslanders are opposed to the re-introduction of compulsory preferential voting passed by the State Government last week.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk defended the move, stating it was good reform consistent with the federal system.

Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg said the new voting system requiring voters to number every square on the ballot paper reverses Fitzgerald-era reforms.


Dutton says Australia will relocate asylum seekers to Nauru, and more Zedlines

Immigration minister Peter Dutton is planning on relocating 850 men from Manus Island detention center to Nauru. [SOURCE:]

Adani's Carmichael coal mine faces new opposition 

A conservation group is appealing the Palaszscuk Government's decision to grant energy company Adani a mining lease for the central Queensland Carmichael coal mine.

Coast and Country's appeal is the latest in a series of legal challenges against the company's plans to build Australia's largest-ever coal mine.

Two Brisbane hospitals among the least efficient in Australia, and more Zedlines

According to the National Health Performance Authority, Prince Charles Hospital and Logan Hospital both rated in the top 10 for most expensive care. [SOURCE:]

Cash Converters facing class-action lawsuit

Cash Converters faces a class-action lawsuit over claims they charged illegally high interest rates of over four hundred per cent per annum on short-term loans.

Class action Lawyer Miranda Nagy said the loan company introduced brokerage fees to circumvent an interest rate cap of forty-eight per cent, pushing borrowers into a spiral of debt.

Cash Converters said their lending has been undertaken in accordance with regulations.


Now That I'm Two, Where Should I Poo?

Now That I'm Two, Where Should I Poo? is the latest offering from independent Brisbane publisher Sally J Books & Illustrations. It follows the adventures of a two-year-old and his teddy bear as they figure out how, where and what to do now that they’re two and are expected to go to the toilet on their own.

Author Sally Johnson is a nurse, midwife and mother, and she has published this book as a resource to help other parents and carers toilet train their two year olds. (It's being launched at Ashgrove Library on Saturday April 30 from 11am to 12pm.)

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Queensland students fight for fossil free universities

This week thousands of students and academics from around the country took action as part of the Flood The Campus campaign, which encourages climate change activists to demand their university’s stop investing in fossil fuels.

In Brisbane, both QUT and UQ campaign groups were involved.

To find out what action was taken at the universities, 4ZZZ reporter Toby Crockford, spoke with Katie Braid, co-coordinator of Fossil Free UQ, and Mark Thompson, Coordinator of Fossil Free QUT.

Disadvantaged youth smoking more than peers: survey

I spoke to Katie Clift, executive manager for the Cancer Council
Queensland, about a new survey which has provided an updated picture of
the smoking habits of young people.

You can call quitline 13 QUIT to get help with quiting. You can also find information on the Cancer Council website here.

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