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Australian Lawyers for Human Rights push for Royal Commission into abuse of people with disabilities.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have pushed for a Royal Commission to take place into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disabilities. After a Four Corners episode highlighted abuse and neglect towards people with disabilities in group homes the group publicly announced their push for a Royal Commission. A Senate Enquiry in 2015 delivered the recommendation that a Royal Commission is needed into the abuse of people with disabilities.

New population of rare tigers found in Thailand and more Zedlines

A new population of the critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been discovered in a national park in eastern Thailand. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

A small population with at least six cubs were found in the jungle, the second known breeding Indochinese tiger population.

Tiger populations in the wild have dwindled from 100,000 a century ago to 3,900 today, but this is slowly on the rise.

Council withholds support from Brisbane smoking ban

The Brisbane City Council has refused to support a King George Square smoking ban, despite a 35-signature petition.

Vanuatu workers exploited and more Zedlines

Worker exploitation has been discovered among the Australian government low-skilled workers program across Queensland.

It has been revealed 22 Vanuatu men, working in Australia’s horticulture sector have been exploited, with one man only receiving a total of $150 for 6 months of labour, while up to 13 men received no compensation at all.

This treatment reinforces the concerns many had with the work program, fearing it would mimic the practice of ‘blackbirding’ when 62,000 Pacific Islander people were forced into slavery during the 19th century.

Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

World science festival sets out to inspire and more Zedlines

World science festival organises shows to attract young kids to scientific fields.

An ex-science teacher Science Steve is running interactive Festival Lab science shows to reveal the wonders of science to young children as the students interested in field are declining.

The shows run throughout the weekends in South Bank cultural forecourt to encourage the enthusiasm of the new generation with shows ranging from robotics to criminology.

 

RSPCA issues a southern queenslander with record number of charges over dog farm

Batman-inspired building to be built in Brisbane, and more Zedlines

Brisbane could be about to get its first superhero inspired residential building. Image source: Flickr

Brisbane developers, Pointcorp, have lodged an application to build an apartment building on the banks of the river, which draws inspiration from Batman, and more specifically from Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight trilogy.

The proposed building would have four sections - the water garden, verandah, entrance and Batcave - with the entrance featuring multipurpose areas with communal spaces and car parks that would much resemble the Batcave in the 2008 film.

 

Melbourne to Brisbane rail program fuels excitement

Queensland government funds $200 million for school spend and more Zedlines...

The Queensland government is funding $200 million for school infrastructure projects throughout the state.

 

funds will focus 98 projects on improving school halls beside $45 million targeted for new schools sites.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained the fund as a snippet of what the June budget entails.

 

Medicinal Cannabis still not affordability

Health Minister, Cameron Dick, is calling for medicinal cannabis to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

This comes after the parliamentary committee examined a bill, aiming to make the drug cheaper, and more accessible for sick Queenslanders.

March Law Report

This month we speak with Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh about the two abortion law reform Private Member Bills that were withdrawn from Parliament in February; the QLD Law Reform Commission; and a High Court finding involving Clive Palmer arguing some tricky constitutional points.

How hard is it to strike in Australia?

Newly appointed Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus told the ABC’s 7:30 program last week that she did not have a problem with workers breaking the law when those laws are unjust.

Criticism of the comments was swift from the business sector, conservative politicians, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten later distancing himself and the Labor party from McManus’ words.

Katter Party calls for legalised croc hunting and more Zedlines

Bob Katter’s Australian party is gaining support behind their bid to cull crocodile numbers after two suspected crocodile attacks in just two days. Source: Flickr fvanrenterghem

Following the crocodile attack on a teenager in Innisfail on Sunday night, a man was found dead on Monday with injuries consistent with a crocodile attack after he went spearfishing alone on Saturday.

The attacks come just a week after the Palaszczuk government updated its crocodile management strategy detailing minimum intervention to crocodiles outside populated areas.

Tough action needed to save Great Barrier Reef

An analysis of three major bleaching events over the past three decades has confirmed the worst.

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