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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.

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."

Fair Work Commission overturns Coles wage agreement

On Tuesday the Fair Work Commission ruled that an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement signed between supermarket giant Coles and retail union SDA should never have been approved because it did not leave workers better off overall than the award minimum.

The ruling was in response to an appeal launched by Coles worker Duncan Hart. 4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Mr Hart.

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Thousands march through Brisbane for 125 year old tradition

For the first time in three years, Labor Day has been held in May. Ellen Ransley was there yesterday to find out more about what the Labor Day march means to Queenslander’s.

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Caxton Legal Centre Expands Employment Law Advice Service

Recently Caxton Legal Service expanded its Employment Law Advice Service. Caxton provides free legal services, information and referrals to vulnerable employees and workers who have been mistreated or who have been dismissed. 4zzz reporter Craig Garrett speaks with Bridget Burton, Caxton's Coordinating Lawyer - General Practice Team, about the scope of the Employment Law Advice Service, and the ways in which Caxton's team can help.

Funding for Indigenous rangers needed

The Australian Greens have called for continued federal funding for Indigenous ranger groups (source: wikimedia)

Black lung disease reappears

Coal miners and union members rallied outside Parliament House on Wednesday protesting the recent cases of black lung disease in the community. Miners urged the government to start taking action and help prevent the disease from being spread to other members of the coal mining industry. Black lung disease is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust and was thought to have been eradicated 30 years ago, however there have been 5 new reported cases since September 2015.
 

Costly cleanup

Perth to trial female friendly parking bays AND MORE...

The 28-space area will feature better lighting, and closer access to CCTV cameras and lift wells. [SOURCE:compositeglobal]

Redcliffe Crimestoppers campaign ‘Dob in a Dealer’

A new Crimestoppers campaign has been launched in Redcliffe to help deal with growing drug problems.

‘Dob in a Dealer’ was launched at the Redcliffe PCYC last week, where people are encouraged to report anonymously any information that could help police put a stop to those making and dealing drugs.

Birdlife threatened by Moreton Bay redevelopment and more 11AM Zedlines

The critically endangered Eastern Curlew flocks to mudflats in Wynnum, Manly and Redlands each year. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Birdlife threatened by Moreton Bay redevelopment 

Ecology experts warn the $1.3 billion Toondah Harbour redevelopment could affect crucial habitat for Moreton Bay's birdlife.

Queensland Wader Study Group ecologist David Milton said the cumulative effects of development could endanger local wildlife, including the critically endangered Eastern Curlew which flocks to mudflats in Wynnum, Manly and Redlands each year.

Malcolm Turnbull suggests funding cuts to public schools - and more 10am Zedlines

The Labor Party is claiming it will write to every public school principal in response to Malcolm Turnbull’s suggestion of withdrawing funds from the public school system.

Ipswich families invited to participate in quad bike safety studies

Ipswich parents whose children have quad bikes are being invited to take part in a study at QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland.

The research unit wants to talk with parents from Ipswich to find out their beliefs and attitudes towards children riding quad bikes.

This research project follows a rapidly increasing number of quad bike related deaths around Australia - there were fifteen quad bike deaths in 2015, up from twelve the year before.

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Medicines for leukaemia, other diseases to drop in price and more 10am Zedlines

Health Minister Sussan Ley says consumers will benefit from price reductions to more than 400 medicines. (Source: Pixabay)

Palaszczuk’s Government to respond to Anti-Bikie Law Review

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promises a zero-tolerance approach to organised crime.

The Queensland State Government will respond to a review of controversial anti-bikie laws today after cabinet meets to be briefed by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart on the latest intelligence on organised crime groups.

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