Labor claims 47th seat but is yet to officially claim government

Labor claims to have won the 47th seat it needs to form a majority in parliament but has not yet officially claimed government.

On Tuesday night Meaghan Scanlon won the Gold Coast seat of Gaven from sitting Liberal National Party member Sid Cramp.

Labor is yet to claim victory overall and LNP leader Tim Nicholls has not accepted defeat meaning both sides may wait until the Electoral Commission of Queensland declares a result.

As of Tuesday more than 30 seats have been declared late; 17 for Labor, 13 for LNP and one for Katter’s Australia Party.

Barking dog complaints website to be developed

Common drug found to stop skin cancers and more Zedline

Queensland researchers have found regular use of certain common anti-inflammatory drugs, to be the key to stop skin cancers from turning into deadly ulcerated melanomas.


Aspirin, ibuprofen and statins, a popular cholesterol lowering drug, are among those found to lower the risk of the condition.


Lead researcher Lena von Schuckmann said although the findings were really exciting, furthers studies are required.


Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillian applauds the finding, and also advised everyone to visit a GP if any changes on the skin is detected.


Streamlining of barking dog complaint process


RSPCA executes warrant in relation to flying fox slaughter

The RSPCA, in a joint effort involving the Queensland Police, yesterday executed a warrant in relation to the slaughter of flying foxes. Image source: Flicker/wwarby.

Evidence was seized at a Conandale property which relates to what the RSPCA are calling "an inhumane slaughter of grey-headed flying foxes."


RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty says most of the flying foxes endured ‘extreme suffering’.


Grey-headed flying foxes are currently listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species in Queensland.


Brisbane City Council rejects plans for high-rise aged care building

Brisbane City Council has rejected a development proposal in Brisbane’s south-west from aged-care provider, TriCare.


Release of secret whaling footage after five-year legal battle and more Zedlines

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Australia has released graphic footage of a Japanese whaling operation in the Southern Ocean that the Australian Government refused to make public.

The footage which was shot by Australian Customs personnel in 2008 has only now been released, following a five-year Freedom of Information battle, during which the Australian Government expressed concerns that the media release would harm diplomatic relations with Japan.

Sea Shepherd Australia’s Managing Director Jeff Hansen hopes the release of the footage will get more people to support an end to whaling, and result in stronger political pressure for Japan to be taken to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Activists shut down calf slaughterhouse and more Zedlines

More than 20 activists entered and shut down Highchester slaughterhouse in Gleneagle, near Beaudesert, this morning.

This took place after activist groups Animal Liberation Queensland and Aussie Farms released undercover footage showing what happens behind the scenes in the dairy industry.

Local forces are negotiating with the activists and no further statement has been released.


Upcoming State election welcomes young blood

In exciting news for the youth of Queensland, the upcoming State election will feature at least five candidates aged in their early 20s. 

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Melbourne abattoir remains open despite evidence of abuse, and more zedlines...

Animal rights activists have released footage of Star Poultry Supply abattoir in Keysborough, Melbourne boiling chickens alive. Photo source: Flickr

The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victoria’s abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.

The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABC’s 7.30 saying they were “satisfied” with the company’s handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.

Aboriginal painting breaks record of highest selling painting by female Australian artist and more Zedlines

Earth's Creation, painted by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, has sold for 2.1 million dollars at Fine Art Bourse auction, setting the record for a female Australian artist. Photo source: Fine Art Bourse

Earth's Creation broke its own record set in 2007 when it sold for 1.05 million dollars.

The auction was held on Thursday at Cooee Art, Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery.

Auctioneer Tim Goodman believes the sale will revitalise the Aboriginal art market.

The artwork has been granted an export permit to be displayed to further international audiences.

Traditional adoption practices to be acknowledged under Labor government

Biocontrol for Australian fauna employs South American bugs and more Zedlines

Biocontrol bugs from South America are battling the cat's claw creepers plants that smother natural Australian fauna.

Gympie Landcare biological technical officer, Yvonne Hennel, has stated using bugs is necessary because of the manpower, time and cost of maintaining the plants by hand.

Cat’s claw creepers have the potential to tear down trees and kill off vast areas of vegetation, posing a major threat to local flora and fauna.


Queensland One Nation Leader apologises over wording on safe schools program

Queensland One Nation leader, Steve Dickson, has apologised over his wording of the safe school’s sex education program.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia’s detention centres more than a week ago.


NSW shark net trial extended to 2019, despite environmental concerns

Federal Government Environmental Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has granted the NSW Government a two year extension for their exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Photo Source: Wikicommons

The extension was given despite the Environmental Department’s own advice noting the negative impact the nets have on the marine animals.

The Humane Society International has called the trial an ecological disaster, which has killed and injured endangered species.

The shark net trial will be extended to October 2019.

Labor promises $15 million in Sunshine Coast broadband project

The Labor party has promised an investment of $15 million into the Sunshine Coast’s international broadband submarine cable project if re-elected.