UK sees rise in hate crimes following Brexit vote and more Zedlines

Figures collected by a British news agency have found an increase in hate crimes since the vote for Brexit back in June last year.

The number of hate crimes has risen from ten thousand, 10,793 during the July to September quarter in 2015, to 14,295 in the same quarter last year.

The report from by the Press Association said 33 out of UK’s 44 police forces had witnessed record numbers of such crimes.


Vigil for Dead Asylum Seeker in Planning

A vigil is being planned to mark the coronial inquest into Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death.

Brisbane Northside Traffic Set to Increase and more Zedlines

Traffic on the Northside of Brisbane could increase this Sunday as a $300,000 road upgrade begins on the Sunshine Coast. (Image Source: Flickr)

The project is part of the Palaszczuk government’s road maintenance program aiming to improve road safety in Queensland.

34 intersections on the coast are set to receive the upgrade, with the project focusing on increasing skid resistance on the roads.

Townsville Women and Girls to Receive Mentoring
Young women and girls in care in Townsville will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from female sporting stars as a $50,000 program is announced.

Queensland LNP preferences "second order" for voters as One Nation surges

Tim Nicholls (Image source: Facebook)

The Queensland LNP suggests preferences for the upcoming state election are "second order" for voters after reports the West Australian Liberals are set to break from John Howard's 2001 party order to place One Nation last on how-to-vote cards.

Safety protocols to go under review and more Zedlines

The Australian Film and Television union says it will be taking a new look at the safety protocols of the whole industry after the accidental death of a stuntman in Brisbane on Monday. (Image from: https://www.flickr.com)

Stuntman Johann Offner was on the set of a Bliss ‘N’ Eso music clip being filmed in the Brisbane CBD when he was fatally shot by a prop gun, which police are calling a workplace accident.

The national director of equity with the Media, Entertainment Arts Alliance says there are a number of permits and licenses of firearms to be used when discharged on set, however, is unaware whether the protocols were followed or not.

Blair to Beat World Record

Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild Theme Parks Affected By Dreamworld Tragedy

The Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild theme parks have been affected by the Dreamworld tragedy, ss internal reports show attendance has dropped by more than 12 per cent.

Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild Theme Parks Affected By Dreamworld Tragedy

The Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild theme parks have been affected by the Dreamworld tragedy, ss internal reports show attendance dropped by more than 12 per cent.

A statement by Village Roadshow, which owns both parks, says it would take time for the community to fully recover from the tragedy.

The statement also says the company saw its share price drop by over five percent.

Nurses protest over the closure of ward and loss of beds at Adelaide Hospital and more Zedlines

Patients could be kept waiting in ambulances outside emergency departments, according to proposed industrial action by nurses at two of Adelaide’s public hospitals. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Nurses in Adelaide are planning to limit emergency department admissions at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, in protest against cuts to patient bed, including the closure of a ward.


An urgent injunction will be sought by the SA Government from the state’s Industrial Relations Commission, to stop the staff from taking action.


Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s SA branch chief executive Elizabeth Dabars says the nurses were acting in the patient's’ best interests, calling on the SA Health Minister Jack Snelling to simply reopen the beds.

Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

Greens call for parliamentary entitlements overhaul and more Zedlines

Greens Leader and Senator Richard Di Natale is calling for an overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system.(image: Flicker; Kate Ausburn)

Senator Di Natale joins other minor party politicians calling for the system to be reformed after federal Health Minister Sussan Ley stood aside amid investigations into her expenses.

Specifically, the Senator wants to introduce a national anti-corruption watchdog which will audit entitlements and provide expenses advice to politicians.


Central Queenslanders defy government over ADF land expansion

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.