Tuesday Zedlines, Jan 25th


Concerns have been raised regarding the mental health of Queensland’s farmers, following recent flooding which devastated hundreds of properties

Mental health expert and 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry visited the town of Theodore, to help cotton farmers deal with the mental impact of the floods.

Professor McGorry says he is concerned the government will direct resources at fixing damaged infrastructure, at the expense of important mental health services.

Community nurses have rallied in Coffs Harbour to protest their exclusion from proposed changes made to hospital nurse working conditions.

The New South Wales Nurses’ Association were recently offered new workload agreements, however the offer only extended to nurses serving in hospitals.

Community nurses, who must travel to their patients, have asked for mandatory patient to nurse ratios, and greater inclusion of travel and administrative times in their schedule.

Retired talk show veteran Sir Michael Parkinson has reignited monarchy debates, following comments made at a Sydney event.

Sir Parkinson said it was only a matter of time before the move to become a republic took form.

The most recent referendum on the matter, held in 1999, defeated the motion with 54 per cent of the country against.

Interstate tourist hotspots have been accused of capitalising on Brisbane’s Flood crisis.

Occupancy rates in backpacker hostels around Brisbane are down up to 60 percent. Industry commentators have blamed deliberate misinformation spread by rival businesses.

The state government announced last week a six hundred and sixty four thousand dollar campaign promoting Queensland tourist destinations unaffected by flooding.

Community television station QCTV has returned to broadcast, following damage from flooding last week.

However the network, formerly known as Briz31, is still only able to broadcast six hours of original programming a day.

No date has been set for a return to full broadcast.

Queensland has introduced an online application form for one-day liquor licenses.

The license, which gives community groups the right to serve alcohol at public events, was made available online in response to increased demand on the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

The move was implemented following a successful trial in Brisbane earlier this year.

Federal Greens Leader Bob Brown has called for low income households to be excluded from a proposed flood levy to assist clean up efforts.

Opposition Treasurer Joe Hockey has criticised the levy, saying the Gillard government could instead cut funding to the National Broadband Network.

Prime Minister Gillard is yet to announce whether the levy will be implemented.

Residents of the New South Wales town of Collector are protesting the installation of 80 wind turbines.

Though the findings of the National Health and Medical Research council saw no adverse health effects from wind turbines, the possibility of noise pollution and aesthetic degradation has been raised.

The proposed wind far is currently waiting on New South Wales Government planning approval.

The internet will run out of IP addresses, which identify computers on the net, in the next few weeks.

Lorenzo Colitti, a Google engineer, says the solution is to switch to another IP system that allows for trillions of internet addresses, compared to the four billion currently provided.

Google, Facebook and other major websites will trial the new system on June 8.


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