Oppostion Environment Spokesman Greg Hunt has called for a royal commission into the Rudd Government’s home insulation project.
The scheme, which caused over 100 house fires, was cancelled in February, following widespread criticism and claims of incompetence.
The government has referred to the Auditor-General for investigation.
A ten-hectare block of land at Woolloongabba has been declared an Urban Development Area (UDA), meaning the Urban Development Authority will take control of planning the site.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said she expects it will provide short term accommodation for those recently discharged from the Mater and Childrens Hospitals but who still need to remain nearby.
Ms Bligh says a planning priority will be to create walkways and bicycle paths, connecting the area to greater Woolloongabba, the Mater Precinct, Southbank and the city.
Global mining company BHP Billiton is being sued by an American environmental group over alledged water contaminations.
Waste from coal combustion is said to have been dumped in the San Juan coalmine in New Mexico, adversely affecting both the health and agricutural interests of local residents.
BHP Billiton has denied the charges saying they are within state and federal regulations, aw well as referring to water monitoring data submitted to the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division.
A New York-style apartment block will be build in South Brisbane for the poor and homeless.
Based on the Common Group concept, first developed in New York in the 1990s, the project will renovate the South Brisbane Gambaro’s Seafood Market into homes for 145 low income people.
Ms Gambaro, daughter of the Seafood Market owner and member of Community Angels, a womens help group for the homeless, supports the proposal and believes it will make a difference.
Queensland Heath is working with the state coroner to determine the death of a two-year-old flu shot recipient, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.Authorities last week suspended seasonal flu shots for children under five. Queensland’s chief health officer, Jeannette Young, said as soon as they were made aware there may be an issue with the 2010 seasonal flu vaccine, they immediately began investigating.
Coal mining has been deemed responsible for the crumbling of dozens of cliffs where Aboriginal rock art has been destroyed, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.
An independent report has found the damage had been inflicted over three decades by five coal mines and is continuing today.
It is caused by subsidence from longwall mining, which now almost surrounds the Gardens of Stone National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Site.
The report, to be launched today by the former premier Bob Carr, documents wide-scale damage, including the destruction of some of the area’s unique sandstone pagodas and rock arches.
Greenpeace activists are set to face the Mackay Magistrates Court, following a protest in North Queensland last year.
The individuals, who were protesting the Rudd Government’s coal export expansion plan, painted messages on the side of coal ships on July 28th. On August 5th, others climbed the rigging of a coal loader, before the Esperanza, a Greenpeace owned boat, blockaded the port.
Charges against Greenpeace as an organisation have been dropped, however the ship’s captain will be trialed in May.
Australia’s anti-discrimination laws are unlikely to be strengthened to tackle racism on the internet.The number of official complaints relating to offensive content has doubled in the last two years.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes says he does not believe extra regulation is appropriate to deal with the burgeoning problem.
Mr Innes advocated a softer approach, including community action, education campaigns and a voluntary code for internet service providers.
This coming long weekend Australian journalists media workers are invited to attend and report on global UNESCO World Press Freedom Day.
The three day conference will feature some of the world’s most courageous journalists, broadcasters and commentators and is to be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.Speakers will share their experiences on informing their people of the freedom of expression and right to know when in the face of government censorship, persecution and murder.