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Londoners rally against Brexit decision and more Zedlines

Londoners rally against Brexit decision, Flood Fraud loses appeal, Europe warned against adopting Australian-style border security strategies, and more Zedlines

Flood Fraud loses appeal

A Grantham woman convicted of fraudulently obtaining over $140,000 in flood relief payments has lost her case in QLD’s Court of Appeal.

Christine Blackmore appealed her July 2015 conviction on the grounds that potential issues with juror’s behaviour could have unfairly influenced the trial’s outcome. In her ruling yesterday Justice Margaret McMurdo ruled that there was no breach of behavioural guidelines. 

Democrats stage gun law protest in Washington, and other Zedlines

A group of members of the Democratic Party is protesting for tougher gun control laws after the Orlando mass shooting. (Image Source: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)

Queensland government purchases cattle station

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials have commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed. 

 

Convictions in Indigenous killing

Two men have been charged over the death of an indigenous woman that went unresolved for over 5 years (source: wikimedia)

Government buys farm to protect the reef

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed.

 

Greens call for sugar tax, and more Zedlines

Greens call for sugar tax , Emergency Situation Declared In West Ipswich, US congressman convicted on corruption, and more Zedlines.

Emergency Situation Declared In West Ipswich

Police have declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in West Ipswich after a suspicious package was spotted this morning.

The device was found near a supermarket at a shopping complex on Brisbane Street.

An exclusion zone was declared at 8:35am and there is a cordon in place for the centre along the boundaries of Brisbane Street and Keogh Street.     

People are being asked to avoid the area.

 

Congo declares Yellow Fever epidemic, and more Zedlines

Congo declares Yellow Fever epidemic, Heinz taken to court over unhealthy children’s snacks, Seven eleven owner receives record fine, and more Zedlines.

Seven eleven owner receives record fine

Brisbane businessman Sheng-Chieh Lo has been fined over $400,000 after systematically exploiting workers at the West End 7-11 he owned, making it the largest penalty dealt by the Australian court under the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Mr. Lo had reportedly underpaid his staff more than $80,000 total between September 2013 and September 2014.

In order to avoid Fair Work Inspectors Lo had been entering false records into the 7-11 payroll system and forcing employees to pay back parts of their wages.

Kenbi Land Claim to be finalised today and more Zedlines

Title deeds for the Kenbi land claim will be handed to Traditional Owners by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a cultural ceremony in the Northern Territory this morning. (image source: Wikipedia)

Bravehearts call for royal commission into child protection
Child protection advocates, Bravehearts are calling for a royal commission into the nation's child protection system.

The request follows the release of a new report by the Bravehearts organisation which reveals that the Family Court system in Queensland sent children to live with convicted sex offenders.

Founder Hetty Johnston says she understands the cost and magnitude of a royal commission but believes the safety of children and families in Australia warrant such a response.

Coral bleaching at Barrier Reef could cost 1 billion in lost tourism revenue, and more Zedlines

The ongoing coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef could cost Australia one billion dollars in lost tourism revenue as the number of visitors have plummeted by more than one million people per year. (image source: Flickr)

Croc jobs to be announced in Cairns

Minister for Environment Dr Steven Miles is expected to announce new regional jobs for wildlife officers in Cairns later this morning.

The announcement will also include the appointment of a high-level specialist as part of the Government’s 5.8 million dollar commitment to crocodile management in the region.

Dr Miles announcement is scheduled for 10am this morning.

Coral bleaching at Barrier Reef could cost 1 billion in lost tourism revenue

Rome votes in first female mayor and more Zedlines

Rome has elected its first female mayor in it’s two thousand year history (image source: Flickr)

Asbestos concerns on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast authorities are investigating whether residents have been exposed to asbestos in the wake of the storm system that tore through the city on Sunday night.

Roofs were torn off and strewn all over streets in Mooloolaba, and Inspector Matt Wilson from the Police District says his team is investigating whether or not there was asbestos in any of the roofs.

Fiona Simpson, member for Maroochydore says she understands there is a genuine concern.

QLD Youth Law amendments passed

Queensland's final storm warnings eased and Zedlines

Queensland residents are being warned to remain cautious after the Bureau of Meteorology's severe thunderstorm warnings were lifted. (Image source: Flickr)

Queensland's final storm warnings eased
Queensland residents are being warned to remain cautious after the Bureau of Meteorology's severe thunderstorm warnings were lifted.

While power has been restored to many homes, Energex is still working to rectify connections to more than 6000 properties in South East Queensland.

The bureau said conditions could still be hazardous in the aftermath of the severe thunderstorms, particularly on the roads.

When is a trigger for an election not really a trigger

When Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull announced the 2016 Double Dissolution federal election he said: "The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform. The time for playing games is over."

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