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Parliamentary review into black lung disease announced and other Zedlines

Following the re-emergence of cases of black lung the Palaszczuk Government has announced a parliamentary review into the disease. Image credit: Wikipedia.

Black lung to receive parliamentary review

The Queensland Government has announced it will set up a parliamentary review into the re-emergence of black lung disease.

After new cases were announced this year an ABC investigation found 4 compensation claims of black lung made between 2007 and 2012.

Black Lung cases rise in Queensland and more Zedlines

Three new cases of the disease were confirmed in Queensland. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Black Lung cases rise in QLD 

The total number of cases of Black Lung disease in Queensland have risen to fourteen.

Three new cases of the disease were confirmed in Queensland recently. The new cases were identified after the death of a retired miner back in July.

Seize and destroy warrant and more Zedlines

A Brisbane family hid their golden retriever after observing a seize and destroy warrant to have their dog put down for excessive barking. The dog has been the subject of complaints over the course of the last 2 and a half years. Councilor Matthew Bourke told 9News the dog barked for 11 minutes straight on one occasion. Image: (Fiona Banwell)

Seize and destroy warrant

A Brisbane family hid their golden retriever after observing a seize and destroy warrant to have their dog put down for excessive barking.

The dog has been the subject of complaints over the course of the last 2 and a half years. Councilor Matthew Bourke told 9News the dog barked for 11 minutes straight on one occasion.

The family has put the dog in a kennel in the hopes that a petition will save the dog’s life.

More than 55 thousand people have signed the petition.

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Australia: ‘top three for illicit drugs’ and more Zedlines

A new study has found that Australia has the third highest number of illicit drug vendors world-wide. Despite the FBI crackdown on illegal drug websites, Australia remains a hotspot for drug sellers who are able to sell their drugs on secret cryptomarkets online.

Australia: ‘top three for illicit drugs’

A new study has found that Australia has the third highest number of illicit drug vendors world-wide.

Despite the FBI crackdown on illegal drug websites, Australia remains a hotspot for drug sellers who are able to sell their drugs on secret cryptomarkets online.

Australia contributes 10.6 per cent of vendors to the online drug trade worldwide with cannabis remaining the most sought after substance.

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Kombucha debuts as vegan leather and more Zedlines

Kombucha, a fermented tea drunk for its apparent health benefits, is now being made into cruelty free clothing. Image source: Wikimedia commons

Kombucha debuts as vegan alternative to leather

Design students from Queensland University of Technology have created clothing from fermented tea otherwise known as ‘vegan leather’.

QUT partnered with State Library’s The Edge who have been brewing kombucha, a fermented tea for the last two years to establish how the harvested curd could be utilised as a workable bio-textile.

CSIRO to benefit from $37 million over next decade

Science body CSIRO to receive 15 climate science researchers and $37 million over the course of ten years. Image source: Wikimedia commons

CSIRO to benefit from $37 million over ten years

The CSIRO will receive $37 million dollars over the next ten years and 15 new climate science researchers.

This follows news from earlier in the year announcing massive job cuts to the CSIRO and the slashing of climate change research programs.  

International refugee team debuts at Rio Olympics and more Zedlines.

The ten person Olympic Refugee team is set to make its maiden appearance at the Rio de Janeiro games beginning this week. Image source: Pixabay, diema.

International refugee team debuts at Rio Olympics

The ten person Olympic Refugee team is set to make its maiden appearance at the Rio de Janeiro games beginning this week.

The squad includes athletes that were originally from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Congo that have immigrated to live in new host countries.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the team will be a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis.

 

Measures to prevent health professional abuse and more Zedlines

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Measures to prevent health professional abuse

Queensland Health has announced a trial of new measures to help prevent violence against health professionals.

To improve the worker’s safety, repeat violent offenders could be banned from hospital visits and health workers could be fitted with body cameras and duress alarms.

Queeensland urged to ban greyhound racing and more Zedlines

Animal Liberation Queensland has urged Queensland to follow New South Wales' and ban greyhound racing after animal cruelty was found in the sport. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Queeensland urged to ban greyhound racing

Following New South Wales’ decision to ban greyhound racing, Animal Liberation Queensland (ALQ) has called for the sport to be banned in Queensland as well.

The ban came after a commission of enquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry showed systemic animal cruelty present in the sport.

ALQ President Chay Neal said the same issues uncovered in NSW also exist in Queensland, including widespread live baiting, regular track injuries and deaths as well as mass killings.

 

Unregistered guns in QLD and more Zedlines

Figures retrieved from Fairfax Media reveal there are nearly 200,000 registered gun owners in Queensland sharing 800,000 weapons, but according to Professor Grantham, the real problem is the many that are unregistered. Image: Wikicommons

Unregistered guns in QLD

Figures retrieved from Fairfax Media reveal there are nearly 200,000 registered gun owners in Queensland sharing 800,000 weapons, but according to Professor Grantham, the real problem is the many that are unregistered.

At the end of the last financial year, only 143 of the 184,000 gun licencees in Queensland were found to not meet gun license requirements.

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