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Brisbane #Slutwalk will be broadcast on 4ZZZ News’ Ustream channel from 2pm today

The Slutwalk movement will hit Brisbane streets today – there’s a rally at 2pm at King George Square in town. If you can’t make it, you can watch the rally live online on the 4ZZZ Ustream channel from 2pm Eastern Australian time.

Slutwalks started in Toronto, Canada after a police officer said women shouldn’t dress like sluts if they didn’t want to be raped.

You can follow the Slutwalk Brisbane Twitter account, and you can hear an interview with one of the organisers here.



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Tuesday Zedlines, April 5th

 QR National will offer 115 voluntary redundancies to Ipswich workers next week, as part of a state-wide redundancy program.

The company, which was privatised from the state run Queensland Rail last year, had previously deferred speculation that jobs would be cut.

Around 75 million dollars are expected to be spent on the program, which is planned to offer redundancies to a total of 600 employees across Queensland.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have called for public debate on legalising the sale of hemp seed and oil.

Hemp, which contains little of the psychoactive chemical found in cannabis, is already used in Australia as animal feed.

The FSANZ said there are no associated risks with eating hemp foods, however a previous attempt to legalise hemp was rejected by ministers on the grounds it would increase acceptance of marijuana.

The US has called for the president of Yemen to step down, following the death of 17 protestors at the hands of presidential security forces.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has resisted calls to resign immediately, as anti-government protests today continue into their third month.

White House spokesman Jay Carney warned Al Qaeda could exploit a power vacuum in Yemen if conflict was not soon resolved.

A Beenleigh man has been found guilty of murdering his former flat mate, in what has been described as a “brutal slaughtering”.

Robert Ian Logan, a self-confessed cannibal, pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to murdering Bun Huntingford in 2006.

Logan has been sentenced to life in prison.

A climate change specialist has warned the Great Barrier Reef will be lost if greenhouse gases aren’t drastically cut.

The announcement is a preface to the GREENHOUSE conference, which begins today in Cairns.

The event will run until Friday.

The Centre for Resource and Environmental Management have warned the Northern Territory would face substantial risk from an Indonesian nuclear reactor fallout.

The Indonesian Government have announced plans to build four nuclear generators by 2022. The planned site for the build is close to an earthquake fault line.

Spokesmen have denied the sight is in danger, and said the site would be considerably more modern than the currently damaged Japanese reactors.

Fijian engineers are still working to restore water to thousands of residents after a planned maintenance shut down went wrong.

A new pipe system to improve supply lines was meant to be installed, but ran over schedule, allowing air to disrupt the system.

The system must now remove all air before it can function properly. Water supply is expected to resume by the end of today.

The Gillard government has been criticised for moving too slowly in providing vital infrastructure to remote communities around Australia.

Remote Indigenous Services Coordinator Brian Gleeson says the government should move faster to deliver acceptable facilities for remote communities, with many key promises brought to a standstill.

High on the agenda is an increase in the number of “safe houses”, which support community members suffering from abuse and violence.

Queensland Speaker of the House John Mickel has refused to allow Lord Mayor Campbell Newman to speak in parliament until he is elected to a seat.

Although Mr Newman is the chosen leader of the Liberal National Party, MP Jeff Seeney is the official party leader.

Mr Newman plans to contest the seat of Ashgrove. Premier Anna Bligh has refused to comment on when the next election will be held.

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Tuesday Zedlines, March 29th

Homeowners in flood-affected areas will be allowed to raise their houses and build a metre beyond the current roof line limit, say new Council guidelines to be finalised today.

The rebuilding effort for thousands of homes that were damaged or destroyed in the floods will allow houses with a height of up to nine and a half metres.

Brisbane developers will also be forced to protect infrastructure for water and electricity in preparation for another flood.

Newly elected NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has started an independent audit of the state’s finances, after claiming a four and a half billion dollar deficit was left by the Keneally government.

The former government was voted out of power over the weekend, with O’Farrell’s Liberal National Party taking more than two thirds of parliamentary seats.

However, Greens MP John Kaye has accused the LNP of overstating the deficit in order to cut back on state spending. Mr O’Farrell denied he would back out of any election promises.

The Australian Dollar has hit one dollar and three cents US, it’s highest since 1982.

Investors are predicting a boom for the Australian iron ore and natural gas industries in the wake of Japan’s earthquake disaster.

BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto both rose point five of a percent yesterday.

One of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets, The Elizabeth Street Laneway, will be shut down to make way for a driveway for a new one hundred and eighty million dollar office tower.

The cultural hub, home to cafe The Coffee Suppliers and popular gig space The Alley, is the first victim of the Council’s pause on the Vibrant Laneways Project.

The sixteen-storey tower will be home to the new Australian Tax Office. The Coffee Suppliers will shut its doors today.

Government representatives have refused to comment on speculation that hackers have accessed the computers of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other government ministers.

Allegedly hackers found away into the Parliament House email network, but not the departmental accounts used for sensitive communication.

News Limited reports this morning suspect foreign intelligence agencies may be behind the unconfirmed breach.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has faced court for the first of four criminal charges brought against him. Mr Berlusconi claims they are political ploys.

The controversial billionaire media giant and politician is alleged to have embezzled and fraudulently represented prices of television stations his company, Mediaset, acquired.

Mr Berlusconi faces another two charges of corruption as well as a charge for having sex with an underaged prostitute.

The Australian Defence Force have announced an investigation into soldier drug abuses in Townsville.

The Australian Defence Association, who oversee the ADF, said allegations of serious drug abuse were misleading.

Investigations have also been carried out in Cairns and Sydney, but an ADA spokesman said they were not related.

Julia Gillard’s suggestion for a regional processing centre has been rejected by East Timor, who deem it ‘unimportant’ to the solution for people smugglers.

Diplomats and senior officials have gathered in Bali to discuss solutions for processing asylum seekers.

While they expect to come to an agreement at the conference tomorrow, it will not be binding on anyone’s government.


The Brisbane Coroner’s Court this morning heard a girlfriend of a convicted paedophile lied to police about his whereabouts on the day of Daniel Morcombe’s abduction.

The woman says she was blinded by love and agreed when her boyfriend told her to tell the police he had spent the day at home with her.

She now admits the man left for most of the day, and drive a car similar to the suspected abduction vehicle. She says she didn’t know he was in jail for offences to children. The inquest resumed today.

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Tuesday Zedlines, March 22nd

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is expected to announce this morning he is quitting Council to run for a seat in State Parliament.

The announcement will come after four days of speculation that Newman will soon replace John-Paul Langbroek as leader of Queensland’s Liberal National Party.

Newman is expected to contest Dr Bruce Flegg for the seat of Moggill.

Emergency services have concluded their nine week body search of the Lockyer Valley.

Three people are still officially listed as missing, although police have said periodic searches of surrounding areas would still be maintained.

The Lockyer Valley was one of the worst affected during the Queensland floods, with the majority of flood related deaths occurring in the region.

The Fijian Ministry of Health have announced a previous virus outbreak has been contained.

The virus, which was identified as a strain of influenza, infected roughly fifty Fijian students, leading to six hospitalisations.

A spokesman for the Ministry said better understanding of basic hygiene was needed to prevent future outbreaks.

A prominent Queensland mining identity has told the Brisbane District Court he made a payment of sixty thousand dollars to former Beattie Cabinet Minister Gordon Nuttal.

The court heard yesterday the minister approached Harold Warner Shand about cash to buy houses in April 2002 and the payment was made over a two-month period.

Mr Shand is on trial on charges of making a corrupt payment.

Prime Minister Gillard has given her support for the new draft national curriculum.

Parliament Question Time was given over yesterday to discussion of the draft’s coverage of culture as a complex system of concepts, values, norms, beliefs and practices”.

Ms Gillard, who identifies as an atheist, said she supported the right of children to choose their own values.

Western air strikes on Libya are said to have made impact on Moamar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound and Southern strongholds.

The air strikes, led by the United States, France and Britain are coming under some international criticism for going beyond the United Nations no-fly zone resolution.

US President Barack Obama said the ultimate goal of Western air strikes is to force Gaffafi from power.



Protests are continuing in the Victorian region of Lake Tyers. A small group of Indigenous women are currently blocking the region’s administrator from entering from the town.

The protesters are demanding to be allowed elect their community leaders. Currently, the government appoints an administrator, after it disbanded the previous council for a breakdown of authority.

Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell said she will not talk with the community until the protest is disbanded.

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has announced that he will run for LNP pre-selection for the state seat of Ashgrove.

After days of speculation, Newman has formally contested a switch to state politics, although many expected him to run for the seat of Moggill.

Newman says if successful he will resign as Lord Mayor. The announcement was made from Suncorp Stadium this morning at ten thirty.

High levels of radioactivity have been found in seawater near the Fukushima plant in Japan, leading to further concern about food contamination.

Vegetables and milk exports from Fukushima have already been recalled, although government spokespeople claim it is just a precaution.

There are also concerns over radioactive substances in local tap water.

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Zedlines, Tuesday 15th

Protestors have rallied in the Queensland town of Tara against a planned sixteen kilometre pipeline by the Queensland Gas Company.

The QGC said more than half of the pipeline, which begins construction later in the week, will run through their own land, and that compensation deals had already been made with other landowners.

Premier Anna Bligh noted the opportunity for economic growth from gas mining, but said the protestors had the right to voice their opinion.

Floodwaters in Cardwell, south of Cairns, are expected to drop today as torrrential rain finally eases in the region.

Cassowary Coast Mayor Bill Shannon said that many towns in far north Queensland were still isolated, with many roads either blocked or washed away completely.

The state of the roads cannot be assessed until floodwaters ease.

Christmas Island administrator Brian Lacy has assured local residents the protests on Christmas Island have been peaceful and are under control.

The detention facility saw two mass break-outs and a riot over the weekend, with police being forced to use tear gas to restrain around three hundred detainees.

Queensland’s Deputy Commissioner has ruled six officers involved in the Palm Island death in custody investigation will not face disciplinary action.

Last year the Crime and Misconduct Commission called for charges against police involved in a flawed investigation.

The 2004 death of Mulrunji Doomadgee while in custody has been the subject of three coronial inquests and elicited comments about a culture of self-protection within the Queensland police.

Electrical Trades Union Secretary Peter Simpson has been granted a twenty four hour reprieve from his expulsion from the Labor party.

Mr Simpson has been among those opposed to the Queensland Asset Sale for the last two years. An ALP disputes tribunal recommended expelling Mr Simpson a fortnight ago.

However, an Administrative Committee was unable to enforce this last night following a dispute over voting. A second meeting has been scheduled for tonight.

A motion has begun to increase the penalties for animal cruelty following a recent spike in Queensland.

The proposed revisions broaden the scope of the protection laws, as well as tripling the maximum jail time for those found guilty.

The motion is expected to be introduced around June, with the law passed by the year’s end.

The Transport Workers Union will today meet with the Transit Australia Group, following five protest strikes since last December.

The meet is to settle a pay dispute over the Sunshine Coast Sun Bus service, which recently undertook a new bargaining agreement.

Negotiations are expected to be finalised by today’s end.

The Federal Coalition Energy Spokesman has warned Australia shouldn’t be intimidated by nuclear power because of multiple Japanese meltdowns triggered by Friday’s earthquake.

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian MacFarlane said he is still in support of nuclear power, and the country needs an honest, science-based discussion of the issue.

The crisis in Japan had intensified debate about nuclear power plants, with supporters noting its relatively clean by products, and detractors noting its risk of contamination.

The Fijian Government have announced plans to provide electricity to the island nation’s northern region.

Fiji’s north, which is a strong source of sugar cane and pineapple farming, is being developed as part of a plan to open the region to foreign investors.

Further infrastructural developments, including improving roads and communication, is also planned.

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Zedlines, Thursday 17th Feb

Whaling Season Ends Early

The Australian Greens have expressed approval of the news that Japan will end their Antarctic whaling season early due to constant harassment from Sea Shepard

To ensure the safety of their crew, Japanese whalers have suspended their annual hunts in the region, a result which Greens leader Bob Brown says, “will have Australians putting champagne on ice – coast to coast.

Indigenous Police Program

NSW Police have introduced a fresh program to see more Indigenous Australians enter the police force.

As a way to address the imbalance between the Aboriginal population of Australia and the percentage of those in prison compared to the police force, a training program has been developed to put Aboriginal students from regional towns on the path to a career in the force.

An 18-week course run by NSW Police and TAFE helps students from regional communities prepare for the grueling training of the academy. Steve Bradshaw, Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Police says, “If we can produce role models of police from these communities, that is going to encourage other young people to join the police.

Flood Looters Face The Music

Brisbane flood looters faced court yesterday with three men appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with looting during last month’s floods.

25 year old Nick Jarrod Barbeler, and his 26 year old brother Brendan David Barbeler, are accused of stealing a variety of items including a fire extinguisher and chair at Pinkenba.

A warrant has been put out for the arrest of Brendan Barbeler after he failed to show in court while his brother was granted bail and remanded to a further court appearance next month.

Two more men, Bradley James Deacon, and Neil Stephen Petterson, also appeared in court, each charged with stealing a boat at Pinkenba. They have also been remanded to further court appearances next month.

Good Vibrations Slash Ticket Prices

In music news, the Good Vibrations Festival has yesterday announced a ticketing deal that is going to help fill the remaining Gold Coast and Perth shows.

The price of tickets to the events has been slashed by to half-price while if you already have a ticket, you can now bring a friend for free by arriving together at the gate.

Good Vibes CEO Justin Hemmes says that with additional capacity, they want to share the festival with as many people as possible. However much like the poor ticket sales for the second Sydney Big Day Out in January, this very much could be a sign of festival congestion and the fact that punters simply don’t have enough money to sustain all the events now offered on the party calendar.

The Gold Coast festival will go ahead on Saturday the 19th where a solid line-up including the likes of Phoenix, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Erykah Badu will take to the stage.

South Bank Bouncing Back

South Bank is returning to its former glory after the devastating floods that ripped through Brisbane last month.

Although the pools and beaches are still closed, most retailers and restaurants have reopened as well as parts of the Parklands. And as of yesterday, The Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and the State Library of Queensland are all re-opened.

However please be advised that the Cultural Centre Car Parks, including the Queensland Art Gallery and State Library car park remain closed. As such, public transport is recommended to visit the Galleries with both the CityCat and CityFerry back up and running again

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Zedlines, Tuesday Feb 15th


Telstra has announced upgrades to its wireless service which may put it in direct competition with the government’s planned National Broadband Network.

Liberal Party spokesman Malcolm Turnbull said the move undermines the need for a federal broadband system.

However NBNCo, the company behind the NBN, said the network will ensure a single internet provider will not monopolise the country.

Funeral ceremonies for victims of December’s boat wreck off Christmas Island will be held today in Sydney.

The Federal Government has organized the services, which will include both Christian and Muslim ceremonies.

Some families are upset traditional Muslim rituals will not be followed. The Federal Government deemed it inappropriate for the bodies and that to explain why would be traumatic for the victims’ families.

Leaked documents have revealed three of Britain’s largest energy companies have hired private investigators to monitor activist organisations.

This comes after it was revealed last month an undercover police officer spent seven years as an undercover environmental activist.

A spokeswoman for one of the security firms denied spying on any group, saying all the information gathered came from public sources, such as group emails and announcements.

A statewide fishing ban will come into effect today and run until the end of March, in a government effort to regenerate snapper numbers.

The government is also consulting with the industry to introduce more concrete laws in the future to ensure long-term sustainability.

The ban does not apply to traditional owners catching fish for personal consumption.

The Bligh government has approved a petition to lower the Wivenhoe Dam levels to seventy five per cent over the next month to avoid future flooding.

However, concerns have been raised over the effect the release may have on the Brisbane River.

No state predictions for how the move will affect Queensland water ways have yet been released.

A Syrian blogger has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, charged with spying for a foreign country. Tal al-Mallohi has been held since December 2009, after allegedly leaking state secrets.

It is uncertain whether her arrest was associated with her blog, which focuses on Palestinian suffering.

Both the United States and international human rights groups have called for her immediate release.

Dozens of Iranian protesters have been arrested in Tehran for participating in a banned rally supporting the recent uprisings in Egypt, despite government support for the Egyptian revolt.

Police in riot gear fired teargas at thousands of protestors, while security militia surrounded the houses of opposition leaders, preventing them from joining the march.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the Iranian regime as being hypocritical and said the US supports universal rights for Iranian people.

Australian wool exports have hit a twenty year high, following a strong global demand.

Recent economic factors have led many farmers to switch to meat production, but shortages are expected to increase suppliers.

Currently, Queensland only produces roughly seven percent of Australia’s total wool exports.

The Australian Human Rights Commission have found long-term detention in remote facilities may have a particularly bad effect on children.

A report released today focuses on the Leonora immigration detention centre in Western Australia and highlights effects to mental health and other specialised medical needs of detainees.

The Commission is urging governments to begin the use of community detention as quickly as possible.

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