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Dangerous skippers to be prosecuted in the Northern Territory and more Zedlines...

Dangerous navigating of a vessel will be prosecuted under new legislation passed by Northern Territory parliament.

If found guilty, skippers will face a maximum penalty of seven years in prison if someone is seriously injured, or 10 years if someone is killed.

The NT Government say there was a legal loophole that has seen boat drivers involved in collisions avoid criminal charges.

Brisbane architecture deterring homeless people
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri has called for changes to the design of the 3 billion dollar Queen’s Wharf development.

New program KickStart aims to help young people with tenancy troubles

The Youth Outreach Service which is run out the Salvation Army has started a new program which aims to help young people between the ages of 16-25 with issues surrounding tenancies. With renting being a major part of young people's lives it can be a confronting and difficult area to navigate. Often young people can be unaware of their rights as tenants and also what avenues that are available to them. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with Michael a youth worker with the Salvation Army and The Youth Outreach Service about this program and how it can help. 

Retail expectations see tomatoes going to waste and more Zedlines...

Retail outlets’ high demands for unblemished fruit is causing 70 to 84% of tomatoes to go to waste, according to a study from the University of Sunshine Coast. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Environmental Science student, Tara McKenzie, found 70% of these unused yet edible and undamaged tomatoes were left in the field, and she said strict product specification rejects tomatoes too small or large, marked or oddly shaped.

In response to the study, a spokesperson for Coles said rejected produce is often used in other products including sun dried tomatoes and smoothies, while Woolworths also said through a recent initiative, the company has brought 6700 tonnes of imperfect tomatoes.

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International Day of the Girl: all of our Zedlines

Today, October the 11th, is international Day of the Girl. Declared by the United Nations, the yearly celebration started in 2012 to support more opportunity for girls and to raise gender inequality awareness worldwide surrounding education, work, rights, medical care and violence against women.

Film screening for International Day of the Girl
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, two short films will be screened at South Bank this afternoon, at the ABC studios.

The films are Annedroids and Girls Change the World; they’ll be followed by a panel discussion from cast and crew members of the films.

Screenings will begin at 4PM and the free event will run through until 6PM.

Survey shows what today's girls are thinking

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Gay sauna raided in Indonesia and more zedlines...

A gay sauna in Indonesia has been raided, and 58 have been arrested, in what some say is another sign of the country’s anti-LGBT backlash.

Police raided the sauna late on Friday, after allegations from the public that it was being used for prostitution, and Indonesian police spokesperson Argo Yuwono says seven people will be charged under the country’s pornography laws.

Senior Indonesian researcher at Human Rights Watch, Andreas Harsono, says the raid is part of an anti-LGBT campaign in Indonesia.

Homosexuality is not illegal in the country, but the small LGBT community faces growing hostility from police and the community.

 

Galillee Blockade targeting Downer organisation

Australia's promise on human rights to be put to the test and more zedlines...

Nearly 70 percent of the West Papuan population have signed a petition, that has been explicitly outlawed by the government, to call for the United Nations to host a free vote on independence.

When Australia bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council it promised to be a voice for human rights in the pacific, the government needs to uphold this promise by supporting the rights of all Papuan citizens.

Tom Clark, director of campaigns at the Human Rights Law Centre, says that 1.8 million people are risking prosecution in an attempt to freely voice their desires, and the Australian government should be willing to defend this right.

Brisbane motorists are being ripped off at the bowser

UNSW Law Students offering other students thousands for class places and more Zedlines...

Students are offering other students up to ten thousand dollars for a place in post-graduate law classes at the University of New South Wales. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Due to courses frequently filling up within a minute on a first-come, first-served basis, students have taken to social media posting monetary offers for places they missed out on.

A spokeswoman for UNSW says the university does not condone the offering for sale or requesting to purchase enrolment places, with a subsequent investigation into incidences to follow.

 

Logan mayor urged to stand aside by fellow councillor amid ongoing CCC probe

Arrests made at Alice Springs rally against youth incarceration, deaths in custody

“Kids on country, not in custody.”

That was one of the chants that echoed through Alice Springs last week as people rallied against youth incarceration and deaths in custody and hoped to keep a focus on the final Royal Commission report now delayed for a third time.

However, it wasn’t long before eight of the group—one as young as 14—were in custody themselves.

Anna McCauley, a member of Shut Youth Prisons Mpartnwe present at the rally said the group had occupied an intersection on the Sturt Highway for 10-15 minutes before police moved in.

Survey reveals drivers are more willing to speed in school zones and more zedlines

A new survey has revealed more drivers are becoming confident they won’t get caught whilst speeding through school zones (Image:Wikimedia Commons)

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said more than 82 per cent  of drivers who admitted to speeding through school zones this year said they had done so because they didn’t think they would get caught.

This is a 30 per cent jump from last year, which Ms Ritchie says is concerning and dangerous as there’s no excuse for speeding where vulnerable kids are present.

Greyhounds being euthanised once retired

Survey reveals drivers are more willing to speed in school zones and more zedlines

A new survey has revealed more drivers are becoming confident they won’t get caught whilst speeding through school zones (Image:Wikimedia Commons)

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said more than 82 per cent  of drivers who admitted to speeding through school zones this year said they had done so because they didn’t think they would get caught.

This is a 30 per cent jump from last year, which Ms Ritchie says is concerning and dangerous as there’s no excuse for speeding where vulnerable kids are present.

Greyhounds being euthanised once retired

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