Tuesday, 18 May Zedlines

 

Queensland State School expulsions are expected to rise following new laws giving greater power to principals.

Premier Anna Bligh said principals would no longer have to seek departmental approval before excluding students under new legislation.

Ms. Bligh announced the laws were expected to come into effect by third term this year.

The Greens Party have questioned the need for a welfare quarantine system instituted by the Rudd government.

These criticisms follow a report from the Menzies School of Health that found quarantining half of individual welfare payments did not decrease tobacco sales or increase sales of helthier foods.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has defended the system, with planned income management of welfare continuing nationally.

A survey has found 65 per cent of Queenslanders are unaware hepatitis B and C viruses can cause cancer.

The survey also found 53 per cent do not know effective hepatitis B treatment is available, and 82 per cent aren’t aware both treatment and a cure for hepatitis C is available.

CEO of the Hepatitis Council of Queensland Clint Ferndale, says the statistics are alarming and Australia is now on the brink of a viral hepatitis crisis.

Construction projects applying for commonwealth contracts in regions with significant indigenous populations will be required to employ and train local indigenous people.

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib will launch public consultation on the new rules and says the new policy will drive the way businesses contribute to indigenous employment.

Mr Arbib said if an organisation takes on a contract and fails to meet criteria, it will be penalised.

The Greens Party have questioned the need for a welfare quarantine system instituted by the Rudd government.

These criticisms follow a report from the Menzies School of Health that found quarantining half of individual welfare payments did not decrease tobacco sales or increase sales of helthier foods.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has defended the system, maintaining planned income management of welfare nationally.

Nestle announced yesterday it would stop using products from rainforest destruction, following an international Greenpeace campaign.

The campaign exposed Nestle’s use of palm oil in products through supplier links who have been responsible for destroying rainforest’s and pushing orang-utans toward extinction.

Under its new policy Nestle will identify and exclude companies from its supply chain that own or manage high risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation.

Deputy Premier Paul Lucas has been attacked over the death of an 87 year old man in a Nambour Hospital emergency department.

Union spokesman Kroy Day criticised Mr Lucas for not providing adequate funding for emergency services. The man in question died after waitng over four hours for treatment.

CEO of Sunshine Coast Health Service Kevin Hegarty said a review will be held, but proper protocol was observed at the time.

Meat and Livestock Australia have criticised the NAPLAN tests, claiming a certain question is

biased against their industry.

A question for year seven suggests methane gas emissions from beef are more than the coal industry, and that kangaroo meat is a better alternative.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard dismissed concerns, saying the question was simply one of many in a variety of tests.

The World Internet Project has found a seven percent increase in Australian internet use from 2007.

However, a survey has found 71 percent of Australians are unwilling to pay for online news and other informational materials.

Only 7 percent are willing to pay a print news price of $1.50 for web based content, with those under 24 even less likely to do so.

The proposed daylight saving zone in south-east Queensland is being resisted in the states regions, the states Labour party says.

Labor spokesman Robert Schwarten says regional Queensland is against splitting the state, and even in Brisbane there are misgivings.

A vote on holding a referendum on the issue is expected in Parliament later this year.

Thousands of protesters in Bangkok defied a deadline to leave their camp as their leaders offered a truce after five days of street clashes which have left 38 people dead.

Protesters were ordered to leave by 3pm yesterday as authorities dropped leaflets from a small plane asking people to evacuate the area, which remained calm by late evening.

Australia became the latest country to close its Bangkok embassy to visitors. The two-month crisis has now left 67 people dead and about 1,700 wounded.

Two new independent members will today sit Queensland Parliament for the first time.

The current parliament distribution now sits at 32 for the Opposition, 51 for the state and six independents.

Premier Anna Bligh has said the change will affect the parliamentary dynamic.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says he will do everything he can to protect the Great Barrier Reef from contamination.

A Construction company is facing 38 charges after allegedly releasing contaminated material in north Queensland and plan to defend the charges.

Mr Garrett says he is satisfied with the State Government’s response and he will take note of any activity that could affect waterways of national significance.

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  1. Tracey

    oh poo….. all in the one post.

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