A leading dust diseases lawyer has called on the mining industry to focus on stronger preventative safety measures for workers, following the re-emergence of black lung disease in Queensland. Slater and Gordon lawyer Martin Rogalski said there is now an opportunity to not only eradicate black lung but also reduce the occurrence of other respiratory diseases in the industry.
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are supporting the state government Human Rights Inquiry recommendation that the Queensland government introduce a Human Rights Act. ALHR President Benedict Coyne says the recommendation is a positive step forward, however he has some concerns about how the Act might be implemented.
QUT is set to ban smoking from all three campuses from July 1.
The announcement was made to coincide with World No Tobacco Day, and would see QUT banning smoking of all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes. Continue reading QUT goes smoke free
With the state-wide trial of the minimum passing distance laws coming to an end, Bicycle Queensland is reiterating the need for bikeway infrastructure and stronger enforcement of dangerous driving to keep bike riders safe. An evaluation of the two-year trial of the new rules is due to be released soon as the trial period comes to an end on Thursday April 7. Bicycle Queensland says the passing laws make cyclists feel safer on the roads.
http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/sites/default/files/alp-greens_enoggera_kara_080316.mp3 Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.
The Lock the Gate alliance is calling on the Liberal Party to return what it’s calling ‘tainted donations’ from resources company Linc Energy, which is currently facing legal action from the Queensland Government for one of the largest contamination events in Queensland’s history. Carmel Flint is Lock the Gate Alliance’s National Campaign Coordinator, and she spoke to us about the details of this issue.
2015 saw the NBN almost double the number of premises ready for service in Queensland, while 2016 is being billed as the construction ramp up year. I spoke to State Corporate Affairs Manager for Queensland Kylie Lindsay about the state of the NBN in Queensland, and what we can expect in the coming year.
The state government has announced an early release of the NDIS in far north Queensland, where it will be accessible for young people with a disability in Townsville and Charters Towers, and people under 65 on Palm Island. Paige Armstrong, a spokesperson for the Queenslanders with Disability Network, says it is a significant move which has the full support of the QDN.
Last week saw the introduction of a new mental health bill, which is currently before the state parliament. The bill, which replaces the previous 15 year old act, has been applauded by mental health officials for its consumer-focused changes and commitment to community based care. I spoke to Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck about the bill, and just what it means for Queenslanders. This October 10 during Mental Health Week, head down to Musgrave Park for Sanity Fair, an event to raise awareness, promote open conversations about mental illness and break down stigma. There’ll be live music, activities, information stalls, a conversations tent and free food, clothing and toiletries so check it out.