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Traditional owners in Mackay are partnering up with WWF Australia to protect marine wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef. Image Source: WikiCommons

Protesters rally against Baden-Clay conviction

Protesters are gathering for a rally today in Brisbane’s CBD to contest the downgraded conviction of Gerard Baden-Clay from murder to manslaughter earlier this month.

The protest is accompanied by a petition urging Queensland’s attorney general to appeal the decision, and has so far accrued more than 100,000 signatures.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged people to be patient and let the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions do its job.

Traditional owners partner with WWF to protect Great Barrier Reef

Traditional owners in Mackay will partner with the World Wildlife Fund Australia to start an Indigenous Conservation Program that will monitor marine wildlife and water quality in the Great Barrier Reef region.

Yuibera elder Gary Mooney said he hopes the new partnership will sustain marine wildlife numbers following a decline in turtle and dugong numbers in recent years.

WWF-Australia said Federal Government Indigenous ranger programs have to a large extent ignored the Great Barrier Reef area.

Government pledges $22m for refugee integration

The Federal government has pledged over $22 million towards a new program aimed at integrating young refugees into Australian communities.

The announcement comes after a second family arrived in Australia as part of the government’s one-off intake of twelve thousand refugees.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the program will benefit refugees, vulnerable migrants, local communities, and the economy.

Pathology services warn they may be forced to charge co-payments

Pathology service providers said they will have no choice but to charge patients a co-payment after the Federal Government announced plans to cut the Medicare bulk-billing incentive.

The Royal College of Pathologists Australasia said the changes will have dire consequence, jeopardising service levels and patient care, and have asked for an urgent meeting with health minister Sussan Ley.

The cuts to pathology and medical imaging services will save the government more than $650 million over four years.

Family of Saudi teen sentenced to death plea for his life

The family of a teenage protester facing execution in Saudi Arabia has come forward publicly to plead for his life.

Abdullah al-Zaher was arrested in March 2012 after participating in a protest, before he was allegedly tortured and forced to sign a falsified confession.

Al-Zaher, who faces beheading and crucifixion, is one of 51 protesters reported to be sentenced to death.

His family is urging human rights organisations to stand against the executions, as ongoing diplomatic action from the UK has been unsuccessful.

2016 predicted to be warmest year on record

A forecast issued by the UK Met Office has predicted 2016 to be the warmest year ever recorded.

Climate change and the peaking of El Nino are expected to drive the global temperature above the record set this year, which beat the record set in two-thousand-and-fourteen.

The forecast comes in the wake of the Paris climate talks which saw one-hundred-and-ninety-five countries pledge to fight climate change and keep the global temperature rise under two degrees.