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Low berry prices hurting farmers and more Zedlines

Big supermarket chains blamed for recent drop in strawberry and blueberry prices hurting farmers.

Moreton Bay Council urges State and Federal Government to take over Flying Fox management

Moreton Bay Regional Council has tabled a motion to the Local Government Association of Queensland requesting the State and Federal Governments to take over the management of flying fox colonies.

The region has struggled with flying fox colonies for some time, with the council drafting the same motion last year.

Councillor Adam Hain says State and Federal Government influence would streamline management of the flying foxes, which cause noise and mess concerns.

Queensland state split proposal silenced and other Zedlines

A proposal to split Queensland into north and south has been denied, with MP Rob Katter stating the split would have allowed the north better access to revenue created by mining and tourism. Image credit: Wikipedia.

State split proposal thrown out of Parliament

A bill to split the state into north and south introduced to Queensland Parliament by the Katter MPs has been emphatically slapped down.

Mount Isa MP Rob Katter says splitting the state along a new border near Rockhampton would boost economic opportunities for the north, but Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the economics don’t stack up.

The bill was crushed 82-3, with only Independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne supporting the Katter Party’s proposal.

Refugee Achievements Celebrated And More

Refugees have turned their personal adversity into a positive contribution to their local community via Wesley Mission project that aims to share their stories through art.

Refugee achievements celebrated through artwork and photography

A local photography exhibition will showcase refugee struggles and achievements, and aims to share their stories through art.

The Wesley Mission’s Project - Art From the Margins, began nine years ago and formed off the back of a homeless outreach program.

Woman who tried to stop deportation found guilty of "interfering with a flight crew member"

Last Friday Jasmine Pilbrow faced court in Melbourne charged with "interfering with a flight crew member". Ms Pilbrow, representing herself in court, claimed she was acting out of necessity to stop a greater law being broken - that of "refoulement", or the returning of asylum seekers to a place where they are at risk.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Jasmine Pilbrow about the trial.

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Island being used to test the effects of cane toads and more Zedlines

An island which is called a living laboratory is being used to test the effects cane toads have on native animals and habitats. Image source: Flickr

Island being used to test the effects of cane toads.

A remote island which has been called a living laboratory off the coast of Western Australia is being used to test the threat of a cane toad invasion.

Adolphus Island is being used by the Department of Parks and Wildlife to see what damage the cane toad can do to native animals, and also how they can be stopped from endangering national parks and horticultural areas.

Centrelink workers to strike this Friday and more Zedlines

Thousands of Centrelink employees are set to strike this Friday, with the organisation urging clients not to go into its offices or use its phone lines. Image: Flickr, David Jackmanson

Centrelink workers to strike this Friday

Thousands of Centrelink employees are set to strike this Friday, with the organisation urging clients not to go into its offices or use its phone lines.

The strike is a product of the continued wage dispute between the government and public servants over the past three years.

Hank Jongen, media manager for Human Services said the strike may affect Medicare and Child Support customers, but regular payments should be unaffected.

Permits issued to cull native Hamilton Island wildlife

Video emerges of violent arrest and more Zedlines

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’ The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man. (Image: Youtube)

Video emerges of violent arrest

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’

The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man.

Queensland Police say they are investigating the incident but are unable to give details surrounding charges.

Prison teachers protest amid education cuts and more Zedlines

Teachers at a New South Wales prison stopped work yesterday, protesting cuts to prison education staff.

Prison teachers protest amid education cuts

Teachers at a New South Wales prison stopped work yesterday, protesting cuts to prison education staff.

 

The education staff at Cessnock Correctional Complex protested changes to prisoners education, which will see university qualified teachers replaced with external clerical staff, who will not be required to have a degree.

 

West End's Russell St. closed for the "right to the city"

Last Saturday, a group called Right To The City shut down one end of Russell St in West End for an impromptu street party. The street closure was not permitted or council sanctioned. Rather, it was an act of what one member of the group called "tactical urbanism".

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine was on the scene to find out what it's all about.

image source: Renee Chapman photography

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It's US or them: Americans call for Australia to stand against China and other Zedlines

A US Army official has called on Australia to take a stronger stance against Chinese expansion in the South China Sea, or put our alliance with the United States in jeopardy. Image credit: Wikipedia.

It's US or them: Americans call for Australia to stand against China

The US has placed increasing pressure on Australia to form a stronger standpoint against the military expansion of China into the South China sea.

Assistant Chief of Staff for the US Army Pacific Command, Tom Hanson, made suggestions to Australia saying the country will need to make a choice between the alliance with the US and the economic association with Beijing.

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