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Director of Queensland Nickel Claims to be Too Stressed for Court and other Zedlines...

The former director of Queensland Nickel was ‘too stressed and anxious’ to appear in court, despite being on holiday since June 2016. (Image Source Pixabay)

Clive Mensink was the company’s sole director when it collapsed last year, leaving 800 workers jobless and a debt of around $300 million. 


The federal court had an arrest warrant for Mr Mensink, however he had ignored several summons and had instead been holidaying in Europe and the US.


His barrister Alex Nelson told the court Mr Mensink has been diagnosed with clinical depression and would of found it too stressful to return to Australia.  


People of Marlborough No Longer Under Threat of Military Expansions 


Sweeping changes to QLD electoral map and more Zedlines

The Redistribution Commission has proposed changes to Queensland’s electoral map for the next election, with nineteen new or renamed electorates, including four extra seats across the state to be part of the changes. Image source: wikimedia

In Brisbane, Ashgrove, Mt Coot-tha, and Indooroopilly have been reshaped into two new electorates - Cooper and Maiwar - with MPs to have to move to one of the new electorates if they are to be re-elected.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said the changes may alter the electorate Queenslanders belong to, guaranteeing the next election, due in 12 months, would be contested along the new boundaries. The draft boundaries are open for comments and objections until the end of May.


More Evocca College campuses set to close

Call for space dedicated to graffiti and more Zedlines...

Brisbane graffiti artist, Travis Vinson, says the city needs more central spaces for artists to express themselves.

The experienced artist and owner of business,, said Brisbane City Council’s lack of acceptance for street art has seen many home-grown artists travel abroad to work.

He says the only way forward is for the council to provide legal walls for graffiti, that artists can paint over continuously to express themselves.


Cruise ship terminal to be completed by late 2019

Work has been scheduled to begin in early 2018 on Brisbane’s new $100 million cruise ship terminal to be completed in late 2019.

Cars and chlamydia top koala killers and more zedlines

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

Cars and chlamydia are the top causes for koala deaths across South-East Queensland, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

UQ’s School of Veterinary science worked with Moggill Koala Hospital to analyse over fifteen years of its data.

The research found that motor vehicle collisions accounted for over a quarter of koala deaths, closely followed by chlamydia symptoms accounting for nearly a fifth.

Medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Australia and more zedlines

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed. (Image Source: Public Domain Images)

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will today make the announcement which will permit those suffering chronic pain to access the drug following a doctor’s referral.

Victoria has already harvested its first crop for epilepsy sufferers and Mr Hunt believes today’s announcement will permit an interim supply of the drug through importation.

Bulimba Barracks to be sold to developers

Refugee advocates hold vigil for Hamid Khazaei as inquest draws to close

Refugee Action Collective vigil (RAC Facebook)

As a coronial inquest into the death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei is set to close this week, advocates today staged a vigil outside the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court hoping to draw attention to the situation surrounding his death.

Mr Khazaei died of septicaemia in a Brisbane hospital in 2014 thirteen days after presenting with an infected cut in Australia’s Manus Island immigration detention centre.

Bland Brisbane

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Aleem Yousaf A former Brisbane based street artist has described Brisbane as bland and “oppressive” toward those who use graffiti as a medium.


Internationally renowned artist, Anthony Lister has said Brisbane runs the risk of becoming even more bland if areas aren’t set up for aspiring artists to apply and practice their skills.

Mr Lister’s comments come after Brisbane’s Graffiti task force charged 115 suspected vandals with 5260 offences last year.

Over 20 permanent murals will be finalised over the next month as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, with only one on a Council owned property on Coronation Drive. 


Cancer Council Queensland - Cancer Cases Triple

Do QLD's Abortion and Bail Laws Reflect Community Values?

Each month we speak with Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh. This month we’re looking at proposed changes to QLD’s bail and abortion laws, and the pros and cons of GPS tracking for domestic violence suspects.

Rebecca is lecturer in public law at the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law, and co-author of The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis.

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Islamophobic statements can harm trade deals and more Zedlines

Barnaby Joyce has warned against using anti-Muslim statements, as it can harm trade deals with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. (Image source: Wikimedia)

The National Party leader said as agriculture minister he had to deal with a number of Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, importing tonnes of Australian wheat and cattle.

He is concerned the anti-Islamic statements and interference by One Nation will cause the government to have problems in trade.


Catholic church sheds light on sex abuse claims

The Catholic Church has revealed the number of child abuse claims at each of their schools and homes.

Pro-choice activists call on government to legalise abortion and more Zedlines...

Women’s Rights groups and supporters took to the streets to demand abortion becomes legal, ahead of an important ruling on the matter. (Image source: N. Keramos)

Approximately 300 protesters rallied outside parliament last night, calling on the parliamentary committee to allow a private members bill on abortion to reach parliament.

Independent MP Rob Pyne said his bill is designed to remove abortion from the criminal code and regulate it under the Health Act, so women can control their health needs.

The committee report will be handed down today.


Recreational fishers urge government to recall imported prawns