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Victoria set to ban fracking and more Zedlines

Premier Daniel Andrews says the risks associated with fracking are simply too high, and the legislation is designed to protect farmers.

Local Vietnamese groups donate to UN

Brisbane’s Vietnamese community has pooled together with fellow Vietnamese communities across Australia to make a sizable donation to the United Nations refugee agency.

Between Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s Vietnamese community pledged a total of five-hundred thousand dollars.

The donation was presented to UNHCR national director Naomi Steer at a Vietnamese community fundraising dinner in Sydney.  

Anti-Israel at the Olympics - Bad sportsmanship or political protest?

Egyptian wrestler Islam el-Shehaby and the entire Lebanese team were criticised for openly anti-Israel actions at the Rio olympics. Many said their actions were anti-Semitic or "against the olympic spirit".

The athletes in question though claimed another reason for their actions - a political movement of boycotts, divestment and sanctions that aims to internationally isolate Israel over its treatement of Palestinian people.

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Number of female coalition MPs lowest since 1993 and more Zedlines

The number of women among coalition MP’s is now the lowest since 1993, after the 2016 election saw the proportion of women in parliament fall to 17 per cent. (Image source: wikipedia)

Windorah solar farm breaks down

The Windorah solar farm has broken down, with concerns mounting that the project may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Opened in 2009 by the Queensland Labor Government and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the solar farm was intended to generate 300,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, but according to locals has done little more than offset the cost of diesel.

Black Lives Matter in Brisbane

On July 23rd a Black Lives Matter rally was held in Brisbane. The Black Lives matter movement started in response to police violence in the US, but it is a universal message as shown by the local adaptation in Brisbane and the different ethnicities who were part of it.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine was at the rally.

Image source: Mitchell Conlan

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Senator Scott Ludlam to not name his Census form and more Zedlines

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam will not name his census form due to security concerns of the ABS. Image source: Wikimedia

Concerns over Census grow 

Greens senator Scott Ludlam has joined the chorus of senators who have announced they will not be putting their name on their census form.

Senators such as Greens Sarah Hanson-Young and crossbencher Nick Xenophon say they will not put their name on their census form due to the fact it’s now online and the Australian Bureau of Statistics is keeping the information for 4 years.

Farmers march on Parliament House in protest and more Zedlines

New land clearing legislation has angered farmers as they say they feel the government is not working in their interests. Image source:(Wikipedia)

Farmers march on Parliament House

Hundreds of Queensland farmers marched on Brisbane Parliament House yesterday in anger at new land clearing legislation.

The legislation prevents landowners from clearing vegetation on their land which AgForce president Grant Maudsley said is not in trends with science but with Greens politics.

Pete Marney a cattle farmer who spoke at the rally said the labor government are ignoring the science and condemnation from the community and the government remain stubbornly entrenched in enforcing bad policy on good people.

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.

 

New Hendra virus tests to slash wait for results and more Zedlines

New Hendra virus tests to slash wait for results

Missionbeat service launches in Brisbane

A van dedicated to transporting the city’s homeless to and from appointments has begun operating in Brisbane on a full-time basis.

Missionbeat is run by two caseworkers, David McKeown and Matthew Sampson, and costs about $150,000 a year to run.

The service is funded by a donation from the Accor hotel chain and operates on weekdays, for seven hours each day.

New Hendra virus tests to slash wait for results

Palestine activists disrupt Australia-Israel luncheon

Activists for Palestine yesterday disrupted a luncheon organised the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel.

The activists were in support of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign calling for Israel to be economically isolated by the international community. They also came to challenge the guest speaker of the function, former Qld Premier Peter Beattie. Mr Beattie was famously arrested protesting South African apartheid in the 1970's; the group claim that it is hypocrisy for him to now speak at pro-Israel events.

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Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths and more Zedlines...

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas. The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas.

The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

The project has been labelled the biggest Koala killer, with Koalas being killed by wild dogs, illness, or unknown causes since the habitat was cleared in March 2013.

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