QUT Radio News – Thursday 25 May 2017

The headlines, noisy protesters call for the Adani mine to be given the heave-ho.

A food charity says it could help 10 times as many people – and still not reach everyone.

And scientists say chocolate’s good for you, but is it?

QUT Radio News is brought to you by Tamika Seeto and Zarisha Bradley.

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Innovation and enterprise key to future jobs

By Megan Dennis

Produced for online by Lily Nothling

Will robots be taking over our jobs? Will the period of retirement be longer? What is the changing face of capitalism?

These are just some of the questions experts will answer at a State Library of Queensland panel focusing on the way we work and the future of digital innovation.

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Uluru summit to address constitutional recognition

Produced by Kurravi Piggott

Uluru will provide the backdrop for a convention of hundreds of Aboriginal leaders.

The First Nations summit will address the question of constitutional recognition and other reforms ahead of National Reconciliation Week.

It has been 50 years since the 1967 referendum in which Australians voted to include Aboriginal people in the census.

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Queensland has become home to Australia’s first poo-powered car

If you live in Brisbane’s south or west, every-time you flush the loo or use your shower and sink you will be helping drive Australia’s first poo-powered car.

The Mitsubishi electric vehicle will use the human waste gas from around 300,000 Brisbane residents across 40 suburbs.

Written by Annie Pullar

Produced for online by Kurravi Piggott

24 May, 2017

Australia’s first poo-powered car. Photo: Queensland Urban Utilities/Facebook.

 

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QUT TV News – Wednesday 24 May 2017

QUT TV Lindt police

In the bulletin, the Lindt Cafe Siege in December 20-14 has been labelled ‘an act of terror’.

Queensland police will closely monitor the global terror status as preparations continue for the Commonwealth Games.

More people in Queensland are living closer to the bread line than ever before.

A road project in East Brisbane has residents seeing red.

And Johnathan Thurston is expected to know whether he’ll be fit enough to play in next week’s Origin opener by Sunday.

This edition of QUT News is brought to you by Samantha Cheney, Lily Nothling and Reece D’Alessandro.

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Security to be stepped up at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Queensland police will closely monitor the global terror status as preparations continue for the Commonwealth Games.

But it it appears people aren’t letting the latest attack affect their travel plans.

Jesse Gentle reports.

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One in four families are struggling to feed their children

More people in Queensland are living closer to the bread line than ever before.

A new Salvation Army report indicates some families are struggling even to put food on the table.

Lexy Haggard reports.

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Protesters outraged over Lytton Road upgrade

A road project in East Brisbane has residents seeing red.

They say the Council is forcing dozens of families out of their homes.

Sarah Cawte reports.

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Queensland Parliament introduces legislation targeting ride-share services

By Tamika Seeto

Online production by Joseph Lam

The State government is set to unveil new ride-sharing laws in a further crackdown on the growing industry.

The legislation follows 16 recommendations made by a parliamentary committee earlier this month.

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Queen Street bus station set for multi-million dollar makeover

Photo: George Blanco

By Harrison Bain

Online production by Joseph Lam

One of Brisbane’s busiest bus stations will undergo renovations this Friday beginning a $3 million makeover.

The renovation comes after the station was forced to temporarily close in April due to extensive flooding.

Translink says an upgrade to the 29-year-old station is vital, to provide a better, brighter and more comfortable place for passengers and staff.

Lauren Ritchie from the RACQ agrees and says upgrade to the station could provide incentives for more people to use public transport.

“Public transport is vital in a busy, congested city like Brisbane so anything that we can do to improve that, to make it easier, to make it more convenient, is a good thing,” she said.

She says the number of people passing through the station each week is enough to justify the makeover.

“More than 80,000 people use the bus station every single week, so it’s great to see a multi-million dollar improvement getting underway and they’re due for completion early next year.

“So it’s still a little while away as we see those upgrades, but anything that can improve the flow of commuters and to make sure it’s an enjoyable experience,” she says.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says alternative stops and platforms will be available during construction, adding the upgrade will make travel easier and more accessible.

However some public transport advocates question the decision to upgrade the bus station while the Brisbane Metro is also being planned.

Robert Dow from Rail Back on Track says the government may be overextending itself.

“The question that must be asked, though the Brisbane metro is going to probably do some significant redevelopment of the Queen Street bus station, does this justify expenditure when the outcome of the Brisbane metro is not really known?

“It could be only a short-term thing.”

He acknowledges upgrades to the bus station are important but says the timing is off.

“Oh, it certainly needs to be done cosmetically and improving access, but we also need to look at in the longer term: how is the Brisbane metro going to impact on the Queen Street bus station?”

“It’s not a good thing to be doing major overhaul or renovations at this stage until [it’s known] what’s going to happen to the Queen Street bus station is clear in terms of the Brisbane metro.”

The Department of Transport says signs will be in place throughout the upgrades and staff members will help passengers deal with the changes.

Construction is set to be completed by early next year.

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