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Treatment of Rohingya likened to Apartheid... and more Zedlines

Amnesty International has come out in condemnation of the Myanmar government. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Amnesty International has condemned the Myanmar government for its policies which are restricting travel, hospital access and school attendance for Rohingya Muslims.

The human rights group has likened it to apartheid experienced by Native South Africans, as exploitation and discrimination is rife among Myanmar’s Border Guard Police.

Internationally, there have been calls for an arms embargo, targeted sanctions and an increased effort to ensure international aid money does not fund discriminatory projects.

Queensland top 10 in deforestation... and more Zedlines

A new report shows Queensland is one of the largest deforesters in the world. (Image: WIkimedia commons)

The Queensland Department of Science shows 395,000 hectares of land has been cleared in the state over the past two years.

Ahead of the election, Labor has promised to re-enact environmental protections, while the LNP plans to let deforestation continue at current rates.

Labor are underdogs, according to Premier

Queensland premier Anastasia Palaszczuk is claiming an ‘underdog status’ for the Queensland election, despite polls suggesting Labor is leading.

Historical Context of Dual Citizenship

Malcolm Turnbull has set December 1st as a deadline for every politician to declare their citizenship status and provide proof that they have renounced any foreign citizenship. This comes after Greens leader Richard Di Natale threatened to ask the Governor General to dissolve the parliament after a fresh round of politicians revealed they were dual citizens.

Mining industry uproar over Galilee Basin debate and more Zedlines

The debate over construction of a railway which will enable mining projects in the Galilee Basin region continues, with heads of industry calling for more affirmative action (Image Credits: Takver).

Queensland Resource Industry Council general manager, Adrien Rourke, has warned that the government’s lack of certainty regarding railway projects could result in a dramatic drop in state investment and large job losses for regional Queenslanders.  

 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has maintained that businesses should not fear drops in investment in the state.

 

Huge support for Labor’s renewable energy future

 

24-hour Manus Vigil Begins tonight... and more Zedlines

A 24 hour vigil and protest for refugees on Manus Island will begin outside of Peter Dutton’s electorate office in Strathpine tonight. (Image: Getup)

Protesters will remain camped in front of the Gympie Road site from 6pm today, until 6pm tomorrow.

Refugee Action Collective, organisers of the vigil, say it is time the minister and the government face up to their responsibilities as a part of the United Nations and its refugee conventions.

Want to get there? Peter Dutton's office is 350 meters from Strathpine train station, or a 40 minute drive from the CBD.

Severe storm hits Bundaberg

The worst non-cyclonic storm in a decade has hit Bundaberg and left the region without power overnight.

24 Hour vigil for Manus Island detainees to take place at Peter Dutton's Office

A 24 hour vigil is being organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD to support the 600 ex detainees that are stuck in Manus Island without food, water and medical supplies. Since the Detention Centre closed on the 31st of October with water and electricity being cut off the men are without basic amenities and a humanitarian crisis is under way. The men refuse to leave as they worry for their safety in the communities of Papau New Guinea. 4ZZZ Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Mark Gillespie from Refugee Action Collective about this planned action and the situation on Manus. 

 

Criminals selling fake dogs before Christmas and more Zedlines

Queensland Police are warning that scammers are using reputable trading websites, social media, and local newspapers to sell fake dogs in the lead up to Christmas.

The culprits are claiming they have recently moved interstate or overseas and are forcing buyers to pay for transport and medical expenses before the dogs can be delivered.

Police are urging Queenslanders not to trust an ad just because it appears in a legitimate newspaper or website, saying that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

LNP electricity policy raises concerns about solar power

Australia's Big Four Banks and why they probably don't care about the Government's Parliamentary Hearings

Twice a year Federal Parliament’s Committee on Economics puts the CEOs of Australia’s four biggest banks (the Big Four) in the hot seat and ask them tricky questions. In the face of an unending parade of scandals the opposition has called for a Royal Commission into the banks. The Turnbull Government has stated that the Parliamentary hearings are enough to pull the banks into line.

Do the banks take these hearings seriously? Probably not —  and here’s five reasons why:

1. The Australian Government hires the Big Four

Global gender equality not expected for another century

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) to will take 100 years to close the gender inequality gap at the current rate. (Image from: Pixabay)

The WEF report has ranked 144 countries on their gender equality, through education, health, political participation and economical opportunities.

The 2017 report shows the gap has worsened since last year, and if efforts aren’t improved it will take a century to close the gap globally.

Women in Scandinavian countries have achieved the highest overall rankings, while women in the Middle East and North Africa held the lowest gender equality scores.

 

Activists call for humane treatment of Manus refugees

Call for freeze on train fares as patronage drops

A rail lobby group has called for train fares to be frozen for two years in an effort to get more South East Queenslanders on board. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

This came after Translink confirmed 10 million fewer passengers caught the train in 2016 and 2017 than eight years ago.

Spokesman for lobby group Rail Back on Track Robert Dow said he partly blames the drop in patronage on Translink’s 2014 decision to increase fares by 7.5 per cent.

Waterway health revealed in report card

A new report card released by the Healthy Land and Water organisation has revealed drops in water quality are a result of an increase in pollution loads.

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