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A street artist paints a powerful anti-Adani mural on the wall of the Greens Office in New Farm and more Zedlines

The painting depicts Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a gun pointed at Nemo, from Disney’s Finding Nemo, with “REEF KILLER” written next to it.

 Sydney artist Scott Marsh says he is absolutely disgusted by the Adani Carmichael mine, and vowed to continue producing Adani-inspired artworks.

 

 

Queensland in full swing for National Reconciliation Week.

Infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane are lighting up to create awareness  for National Reconciliation and will be lit until June 3.

Here’s looking at you[r data], kid

On May 8, 2017 the Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced its decision to close its investigation into allegations the Human Services Minister Alan Tudge (who is responsible for Centrelink) unlawfully shared Andie Fox’s private welfare details with Fairfax journalist Paul Malone.

Australia’s first poo-powered car and more Zedlines...

The Queensland Urban Utilities treatment plant have introduced Australia’s first poo-powered car named the Mitsubishi i-MiEW.

 
After the plant captured waste from about three hundred thousand Brisbane residents, the sewage was fed into a cogeneration unit which generated electricity for the car.

QUU spokesman Justin Poulus says the company is now investigating how to purify the gas so it could be a standalone product as the gas extracted from the waste is still too low in purity to run a gas-fired car.

Tougher, Safer Laws for Queensland Construction Workers

Asylum seekers drown off Libyan coast and more Zedlines

At least 20 dead bodies have been spotted in the sea off the Libyan coast after 200 people fell into the water, amongst them asylum seekers and toddlers. [Image source: Flickr]

The coast guard called in vessels to help with the rescue, after which about 1700 people were saved.

More than 1300 asylum seekers fleeing Africa and the Middle East have died in the Mediterranean sea this year.

Surfer saves man’s life

Surf Living Saving Queensland are praising a surfer who pulled an unconscious boardrider onto his surfboard and performed CPR, saving the man’s life.

Get Up! And Stop Coral Bleaching and more Zedlines

Environmental activists are planning an anti-Adani protest outside Queensland parliament today. [Image Source: Wikipedia]

Green group GetUp! plan to wear white as a representation of coral bleaching and petition Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to reject a mine proposal for the Galilee Basin.

A controversial royalties deal between Adani, Ms Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt made without cabinet approval sparked the protest.

Queensland Puts Uber on a Tighter Leash

New legislation has been put in place to protect Queensland users of Uber and similar ride booking services.

Dutton's deadline leaves asylum seekers with "impossible choice"

Asylum seekers living in the community for years have been told they would have only four months to lodge complicated applications or face a loss of government payments or deportation.

On Sunday, Peter Dutton made a case against what he called “fake refugees.” He gave the roughly 7,500 asylum seekers in Australia who had not yet lodged claims until October 1 to do so or face the removal of government welfare and the prospect of deportation.

What is currently going on with the Trans Pacific Partnership ?

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a multilateral trade agreement that has been circulating for a few years. It has been met with a lot of criticism and has been turned on its head when the United States pulled out of the deal in January. This has caused trouble for the other states involved in the agreement as they try and reassess where the deal is heading and what is included in the deal. Australia has been a strong supporter of the TPP even though there is no clear benefit to being involved with the agreement but there are some potential dangers.

Activists Chained to Loaded Train and more Zedlines

Two young activists from Not Aurizon, Not Adani have chained themselves onto an Aurizon train at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Fairfield Road (NAIF) to protest Aurizon’s latest application to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility or NAIF for public funding to build a rail link to the Galilee Basin. (IMAGE: Stop Queensland Coal Exports)

According to witnesses on the scene close to 10 police cars are surrounding the area, with the Queensland Police making many attempts to get the protestors to unchain themselves, which has put a complete halt to the coal train with over 100 carriages.

Aurizon delivered a $1.25billion proposal to the NAIF in hopes to build the rail link, which will unlock the coal deposits of the Galilee Basin, it is believed Adani is also seeking funding for this project.

Dugong Numbers Rise in the Great Barrier Reef

Research from Sydney’s James Cook University has shown dugong calf populations in the Great Barrier Reef have made a comeback after they were wiped out due to their seagrass food supply being damaged from Cyclone Yasi and the subsequent flooding in 2011.

In a survey, scientists estimated that there are more than 5500 dugongs in the Queensland and New South Wales region, over half of which were in The Reef’s world heritage area.

Thriving dugong numbers can be an indicator of good ecosystem health as they play an integral ecological role in The Reef, but further surveys will be conducted every 5 years to monitor the marine animals’ progress.

 

Queen Street Bus Station Renovations

New Action Plan to Help Ageing Stolen Generations

Twenty years on, and the ageing Stolen Generations are still struggling to come to terms with unresolved traumas they are facing.

Mining giant Adani has postponed its investment into Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine

Indian company Adani has held back its final injection of $16.5-billion into funding the Carmichael coal mine awaiting senior Queensland Government officials to clarify whether they would lower or defer their royalty rates

Senior Queensland Government officials held a board meeting on Monday night with Adani to convince them of furthering their investment into the proposed Carmichael coal mine.

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