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Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change

Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change, QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports, Sir Douglas Nicholls to be remembered as a part of AFL’s Indigenous Round and more Zedlines

QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports

A QUT project is developing resources to make airports more accessible for people with dementia.

Dr. Maria O’Reilly is designing a user guide to Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airport Terminals as well as producing a resources kit to be used by airport staff.

Leonie Vandeven, says the new guidelines from the project will be integrated into Brisbane Airports’ current Disability Access program.

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.

Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts. 

The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.    

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp, Ipswich Motorway upgrade to begin next month, Tasmanian high court challenge delayed and more Zedlines (Image:REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA)

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya has announced they will close the world's largest refugee camp by the end of this year, in a move the United Nations and other Western states have warned against. 

The Dadaab camp is home to over 350,000 mostly Somali refugees, and has provided safety to people fleeing war and famine for over 25 years. 

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions and more Zedlines

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981, however, hundreds remain listed in official government records as having a criminal history.

Prominent members of the state’s LGBTI community have welcomed the prospect of the apology, saying it is a significant step forwards in the acceptance of homosexual people.

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate and more 9am Zedlines

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Clive Palmer rules out campaign for Senate

Clive Palmer has ruled out running for Senate in the upcoming election, saying he finds the current election campaign boring.

Mr Palmer won the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, and earlier this month confirmed he would not seek re-election in the House of Representatives, amidst controversy over his Queensland Nickel refinery.

Austria avoids far-right President and more 8am Zedlines

Austria has elected a new president, only narrowly avoiding becoming the first European Union state to vote in a far-right leader. (image source: Wikipedia)

Another 100 QLD school zone lights announced

Another 100 Queensland school zones will receive flashing school zone lights to improve safety for students travelling to and from school.

The announcement is part of a 12 million dollar commitment from the first Palaszczuk State Budget to install an extra 300 flashing signs over three years.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey says the flashing signs have been a resounding success with more than 600 installed in school zones across Queensland since 2011.

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield, and more Zedlines

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source (Source: Wikipedia)

Principle threatened with machete and axe

Teachers are once again considering leaving schools in Aurukun in far north Queensland after the principle was threatened by four teens with machete’s and an axe.

Despite this being the second time it has happened in two weeks, teachers have decided to stay with further safety measures likely to be introduced.

Twenty five teachers left the community after the first incident and only returned last week with five teachers deciding not to return at all.

Lab creates 3D prawn sperm models

South African gold miners to sue mining companies and more Zedlines

A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work. (Source: Pixabay)

South African gold miners to sue mining companies
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work.

The decision opens the way for the current and former miners to sue about 30 companies for damages, after suffering silicosis and tuberculosis from dangerous underground working conditions dating back decades.

Gay panic defence to be repealed - and more Zedlines

Attorney General Yvette D'ath announced her intention to repeal Queensland's gay panic defence (source: flickr)

Gay panic defence to be repealed

Attorney General Yvette D’ath indicated an intention to remove the gay panic defence from Queensland law.

Currently a perpetrator can use fear of a homosexual advance from a victim as a partial defence to murder.

Ms D’ath said the Criminal Code must not be seen to condone violence against the gay community.

 

Queensland drought continues

Queensland has seen little improvement in its drought conditions after a fourth failed wet season.

QUT showcases new surgical robotic arm - and more Zedlines

QUT showcases new robotic arm for surgery, Peter Dutton accepts PNG ruling on abortion case, Bangladesh executes a top Islamic leader, and more Zedlines (image:QUT).

QUT showcases new robotic arm for surgery

QUT has debuted a new robotic arm to help with hip replacements.

Professor of Orthopaedic Research Ross Crawford demonstrated the robotic technology. During the Prime Minister’s visit to Brisbane yesterday.

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