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Heatwave hits state and more zedlines...

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

LNP to scrap juvenile bail housing if elected and more zedlines...

Queensland’s Liberal National Party said they will close supervised bail accommodation for juvenile offenders if elected to government, instead putting minors in prisons. Photo from Flickr.

The Labor party announced plans last week to roll out specialised centres over the next few months, designed to house between four and 12 children who had been charged with an offence but were yet to face court and were unable to return home.

Currently, minors awaiting trial but unable to go home make up about 80% of the population of youth detention facilities in Queensland.

Mysterious Flesh eating ulcer cases continue to soar on the Mornington Peninsula and more Zedlines...

A rise in cases of Mycobacterium Ulcerans is concerning local doctors as the rise of the disease nearly triples in the past year in the Mornington Peninsular located in Victoria. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Geelong Hospital deputy director of infectious disease, Associate Professor Daniel O’Brien says there is no way to tell where it might appear next.

So far the condition has infected up to one hundred and fifty-nine cases which is up from fifty-eight in the same period in 2015.


One Nation Senator Faces Court Today over Citizenship Questions

Senator Malcolm Roberts will be questioned in the High Court sitting in Brisbane today over his former british dual-citizenship.

Assisted Dying Bill Introduced into NSW and more Zedlines...

The voluntary assisted dying bill will be introduced to the New South Wales Parliament today by National’s MP Trevor Khan. (Image Source: Flickr)

The bill will allow patients to self-administer a lethal substance to end their lives by a medical practitioner or nominated person if they are at least twenty-five years old, suffering from a terminal illness which will result in death within twelve months and experiencing severe pain.

The bill will be decided by conscience vote later this year.


QUT Creates Australia’s First Lithium-ion Battery

Flood Class Action Against Queensland Government Delayed Until December and more Zedlines...

The Queensland flood class action will be put on hold and leave almost seven thousand Queenslanders waiting a further two months before their day in court. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The trial which was set to begin in the New South Wales Supreme Court on October the third will now be moved to the fourth of December this year, with two weeks of hearings and then the trial re-commencing in February next year.

The delay is caused by mediation efforts between Maurice Blackburn lawyers who are representing the flooded Queenslanders and Seqwater and the Queensland Government.

Queensland State of Electricity Rewrite

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines...

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the state’s ID scanning laws won’t deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

Estimate of 40 Million Slaves Across the World and More Zedlines...

Figures from a coalition of human rights groups have estimated there were over 40 million slaves across the globe last year. (Image source: Flickr)

The International Labour Organisation, the International Organisation for Migration, and the Walk Free Foundation said nearly three quarters of slaves are female, and make up some of the 15 million women who are married without consent.

The findings are the first estimate at a global level, and are prompting calls for stronger rights, better governance of migrants, and improved identification of victims.

Assaults in Queensland Prisons Continue to Increase

Fairfax media reported assaults in Queensland’s prisons have doubled in the past three years.

Language Warning: Your bad language can get you fined.

Swearing some would argue is a part of Australian life. What some consider as bad language, is becoming more accepted and used in contemporary society. While Australia is seen internationally as a very laid back country, most would be surprised with how strict our laws are in terms of swearing in public. All states and territories in Australia have some law that criminalises bad language in public. In Queensland from June of 2016 to June 2017, 1,687 people were charged with offensive language directed at a police officer.

Australia's Response to Rohingya Crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to speak today on the Rohingya crisis and UN general secretary Antonio Guterres says it is her last chance to change Myanmar’s history and save her reputation as a leader. UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is threatening “action” if she does not act to help the Rohingya. The last few months have seen a fierce escalation in the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, with thousands fleeing what the United Nations has called an ethnic cleansing.

Greens: taxpayers should fund international expansions of media organisations...and more zedlines

Image credit: Wikimedia The Greens have accused the Turnbull government of double standards, saying Australian taxpayers should subsidise the expansion of multinational media companies by extending a new fund for regional media outlets to the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian.

As part of the media ownership reforms, a $60 million fund has been promised to boost independent and regional publishers and young rural journalists.

Currently, the program is restricted for Australian run outlets with a turnover of between $300 thousand and $30 million a year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young says that journalists investing in Australian journalism, regardless of the country the outlet is from, deserve backing as much as anyone else.

School urges community to vote no in SSM survey