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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.

Workers Fear Losing Jobs By Speaking Out On Safety Issues

Workers on one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest construction projects fear losing their jobs if they speak out on safety issues, according to a peak trades union.

Workers fear losing jobs by speaking out on safety issues

Workers on one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest construction projects fear losing their jobs if they speak out on safety issues, according to a peak trades union.

Organisers for the Electrical Trades Union say worker’s concerns were highlighted to them after they investigated two safety issues at Downer’s Solar Farm construction site on Friday.

Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

Medicare-Funded Doctor Home Visits Under Threat

After-Hours doctors visits, funded by Medicare, may become a thing of the past, according to the National Association of Medical Deputising Services

Medicare funded Doctor’s visits  after-hours, are under threat, despite a new report that says they could save the health system hundreds of millions of dollars.

Doctor Spiro Doukakis, from the National Association of Medical Deputising Services says it's a vital option for many patients, especially for regional patients.

Dr Doukakis said:

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 

 

Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.

Panama fungus infected banana plants destroyed and more Zedlines

Australian Banana Growers Council chairman Doug Phillips says a team had already begun injecting infected plants with herbicides and that killing the plants was the industry's best chance of containing the fungus.

Panama fungus infected banana plants destroyed

The Australian Banana industry has begun destroying plants at the Tully Valley Farm, the only known farm in the state to be infected with the Panama fungus.

Australian Banana Growers Council chairman Doug Phillips says a team had already begun injecting infected plants with herbicides and that killing the plants was the industry's best chance of containing the fungus.

Will the ABCC address deaths on construction sites?

Malcolm Turnbull has resumed the battle to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission, including leaking an expletive-laden video of a CFMEU delegate confronting a workplace safety advisor on the Gold Coast.

But worker safety on construction sites is still an issue, as the death of two men on a building site at Eagle Farm this month demonstrates.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to CFMEU Qld workplace health and safety co-ordinator Andy Ramsay.

(image source: CFMEU)

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