Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

News Briefs

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

News Briefs

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Truck Week

FINAL preparations are being put in place around Australia as the trucking industry gets ready to celebrate Truck Week 2010, from Sunday February 21 to Saturday February 27. The week brings all sectors of the industry together to inform the community and politicians about the importance of the trucking industry, the issues the industry will face in the coming years, how to drive safely around trucks, and the great careers that are now available in trucking. Across Australia, trucking companies, both large and small, have organised events as diverse as inviting local politicians to participate in on-road trials, to organising a stall at the local market day to promote sharing the road safely with trucks.

Transplants

A $17 MILLION, three-year program to cover the costs of transplants in Australian Hospitals has been supported by Kidney Health Australia, and the International Transplantation Society. Anne Wilson, CEO of Kidney Health Australia and Dr Jeremy Chapman, President of the International Transplantation Society, said in a joint statement the program, set up under the Federal Government's Organ and Tissue Authority, will improve Australia's level of organ donation, which is among the lowest in the world. This is widely recognised as a positive step for the hundreds of Australians waiting for an organ transplant.

Future of education

THE people of Queensland will have an opportunity to have their say on the future of the education system, during the first online People's Question Time this week. Members of the public can send in their questions ahead of the forum, to be held on Friday between noon and 1pm, via www.qld.gov.au/questiontime (http://www.qld.gov.au/questiontime), or people can watch live and lodge questions online during the event. For more information, or to view the live stream, go to www.qld.gov.au/questiontime (http://www.qld.gov.au/questiontime).

Two Aldridges

OUTSPOKEN Independent Candidate for the Legislative Council Mark Aldridge announced a second Aldridge running on his ticket, with his wife Helen to back his run for the Upper House. Helen ran with Mark for the Senate back in 2002, as independents, where between them they earned the first preferences from all the major players, including Labor and Liberal. …

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