Sydney Morning Herald Kate Aubusson 25 May 2015
New evidence has emerged suggesting the monster floods that devastated Grantham four years ago was a man-made disaster that could have been avoided, 60 minutes reports.
Helicopter flight logs from the Nine News chopper add to a growing inventory of evidence that locals say was ignored by the commission set up to investigate the causes of the 2011 Queensland floods.
PS News 21 May 2014
Queensland recorded three times the number of clandestine laboratory detections than any other State or Territory in 2013-14, according to the latest report from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).
The Illicit Drug Data Report 2013-14 also found that, for the tenth year in a row, Queensland accounted for the greatest proportion of clandestine detections nationally.
According to the report, there were 340 clandestine laboratory detections in the State, with a majority of the labs capable of producing amphetamine-type-stimulants (ATS).
The State statistics were drawn from data provided by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services and the Australian Federal Police.
Townsville Bulletin ANTHONY GALLOWAY May 21, 2015
TOWNSVILLE’S biosecurity laboratory looks set to be reinstated after being shut down by the previous LNP Government.
Queensland’s Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne told the Queensland Parliament this morning there was a need to invest in new biosecurity laboratory facilities in North Queensland and he has raised the matter with his Federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Byrne confirmed he had written to Mr Joyce and intended to ask for Federal Government support when they meet at the Agriculture Minister’s meeting in Sydney on Friday.
ABC News Jake Sturmer 15 May 2015
The Federal Government has more than halved the number of fellowships on offer to mid-career researchers, sparking fears talented innovators could be forced to leave Australia’s shores.
The Future Fellowships program, which gives four years of funding to researchers in critical fields, has been slashed from 200 spaces two years ago to just 50 this year.
ABC News 15 May 2015
Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel has been barred from ever practising medicine again in Australia.
Queensland’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down its judgment this morning.
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren said Patel must never be registered as a practitioner in the medical health profession.
Dr Patel served time in prison for killing three patients at Bundaberg Hospital but won a High Court challenge against his conviction and was released from jail in 2012.
The Medical Board of Australia and the Health Practitioner Regulation Agency had argued Patel lied to be registered as a doctor in Bundaberg in 2003, and performed surgeries he knew he was not competent to do.
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The Sydney Morning Herald AAP May 13, 2015
Anyone suspected of having a serious contagious disease such as Ebola could face five years in prison if they defy orders to stay at home.
New human biosecurity control orders enable a health department official to force anyone with signs or symptoms of a listed disease to isolate themselves or face arrest.
The director of human biosecurity can also order someone to be vaccinated or treated.
Government legislation setting up the orders, which can be in place for three months, cleared parliament on Wednesday, creating a suite of new rules aimed at preventing the spread of disease in both human populations and agriculture.
The government expects the human control orders to be “seldom used” but believes they are important to manage serious communicable diseases, especially in light of the recent Ebola epidemic.
Several people have arrived in Australia from Africa with Ebola symptoms since the disease took hold in 2014, however there have been no confirmed cases.
The legislation also allows biosecurity officers to conduct searches without warrants in emergencies related to pests or disease.
ABC News Melinda Howells 14 May 2015
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says jobs will not be cut in health, despite her minister earlier saying he could not rule that out.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said last night’s budget locks in a change to federal funding formulas in coming years.
While overall funding will still increase, it will not rise at the rate promised by the previous federal government.
“The money will start dropping off dramatically from 2017-18 onwards,” Mr Dick said.
He said Queensland would be $11.8 billion worse off over the following decade.
“I cannot rule out a reduction in jobs and services.