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Manus Island detention centre scheduled to close tomorrow and more Zedlines...

Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island is scheduled to be closed tomorrow, after being declared illegal and in breach of human rights in April 2016.

There are 600 residents currently residing on Manus Island, who will be resettled according to whether or not their claims to asylum are seen as valid.

If their claims are deemed valid, asylum seekers will be resettled in Papua New Guinea, but if they are deemed invalid, they will be repatriated, transferred to another offshore detention camp, or be resettled in a different country, such as the US.

Plans for redevelopment of Keperra quarry... and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council has given the go-ahead for the re-development of a quarry in Keperra. (Image: Courier Mail)

A developer's proposal aims to transform the almost depleted granite quarry on Settlement Road into a site for housing.

Current plans show provision for 700 dwellings on the 49 hectare site, with work scheduled to commence in two years.

“No” poster saga in local member’s office

The wife of Coalition MP, Mark Robinson, has been caught putting up Vote No posters on the office windows of a rival Labor MP in the Redlands.

In what has become a convoluted saga, the Labor MP in question, Don Brown, has labelled the actions as childish.

Thailand orders donation halt for monks and sale of holy objects at temples...and more zedlines

Image source: Pexels In an attempt to overhaul a religion recently marred by controversy, Buddhist in Thailand monks are launching reforms to impose tighter checks on the finances of the thousands of temples in the country.

There have recently been a host of rape, drugs, and embezzlement charges laid against Buddhist monks, which prompted the government to devise a smart ID card that would carry information of drug and criminal offences for monks instead of paper documents.

Townsville and Rockhampton councils to pay over $31 million for Adani coal mine airstrip...and more zedlines

Image source: Lock the Gate Alliance/Flickr Townsville and Rockhampton councils are paying $31 million for an airstrip for Adani’s Queensland coal mine hundreds of kilometres away from both towns, and could see costs rise if a deal between the energy giant and traditional land owners fails to be met.

Townsville and Rockhampton have agreed to spend $15.5 million each on the airport in a deal to secure Adani’s guarantee of 2200 jobs for residents.

Townsville has also agreed to pay up to $18.5 million if the airport is shifted to a location outside Wangan (wang-gern) and Jagalingou land, where a traditional owners group is currently battling Adani’s plans to build Australia’s largest coal mine.

Queenslanders to benefit HIV Drug Trial and more zedlines...

An extra 1000 Queenslanders will be given access to a potentially life-saving HIV medication trial. (Image Source: Flickr)

Announcing the increase today, Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the extra places would mean 3000 Queenslanders could now have access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a drug which dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission in HIV negative people.

The announcement came after 80 clinicians and community leaders gathered in Cairns earlier this week to share insights on ways to improve sexual health within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Panama Papers journalist killed in car bombing and more Zedlines

A car bomb in Malta has killed the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption outside her home on Monday afternoon.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who has been described as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”, fell victim when her car was destroyed by a powerful explosion, blowing the vehicle into several pieces.

Ms Caruana Galizia often garnered more readers to her blog than the circulation of the country’s newspaper, with her latest findings connecting Malta’s prime minister and his two closest aides to offshore companies linked to the illegal sale of Maltese passports.

Perth’s home compost trial...and more zedlines

Image credit: Pixabay The Perth council is allowing a select group of 7,000 residents to throw food scraps into their green waste bins, traditionally reserved for leaves, lawn clippings and branches.

Residents are encouraged to put fruit, veggies, meat, dairy, coffee grounds and pet poo into the bins as part of the home compost pick up trial which, if successful, may be offered to all residents.

Manager of resource recovery and waste at the City of Melville, Steve Wacher says 60 per cent of all waste is organic, and the trial is aimed at reducing household waste sent to landfill.

The council say they are trying to make the process as easy as possible by providing residents with small bins and compostable liners to help them separate organic waste from other rubbish.

Union Plans Boycott of Streets Ice Cream

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and Unilever, the company that owns Streets ice creams are currently embroiled in an increasingly bitter dispute over a new enterprise bargaining agreement at the Streets factory in Minto, Sydney. The union claims that this agreement means workers would suffer a 46% pay cut as well as changes to working conditions. In a statement Unilever wrote that “The suggestion by unions that Unilever will or may reduce employee wages by 46% has no basis in
fact.

Calls for New Abortion Laws in Northern Ireland and more zedlines...

Women and girls in Northern Ireland were facing outdated abortion laws that place their health and lives at risk. The country held one of the strictest abortion bans in Europe, and has made it illegal for women to end their pregnancies in almost every case, including cases of incest and rape. Though women were now able to travel to other parts of the UK to access free abortions, this may not always be an option, due to the emotional and physical costs of travel. Campaign leader of abortion law reforms Grainne Teggart said such laws force women to look for alternative ways to terminate their pregnancies, which could potentially endanger their lives and health. Image from Flickr.

Neo-Nazi group recruits in Toowoomba

A socialist group resembling a Hitler Youth organisation have placed posters throughout Toowoomba as part of a new recruitment drive.

The group, known as Antipodean Resistance, placed posters featuring the Nazi swastika and recruitment messages around the city, including Queens Park, the Tafe campus and St Mary’s College.

This was followed by a series of seemingly ‘prank’ campaigns in Sydney and Hobart.

State-wide video conference to support young women in business and more zedlines...

A state-wide video conference held next week will allow Queensland’s young female entrepreneurs to discuss their challenges and needs.

The conference, held via video in 6 locations, will see guest speakers such as Pip Russell of Network 10 and Juiced TV, sharing their experiences as female entrepreneurs.

Cairns businesswoman Petina Tieman says networking groups for entrepreneurs typically do not discuss the unique challenges faced by young women in business.

Discussions held in the session will be used to help the government to support and enable young female businesswomen.

Queensland Government to spend millions on greyhound racing

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