Complaints stream in over New Years Eve assaults - and more 11am Zedlines:

Women have faced the brunt of the assaults in Cologne on New Years Eve with migrants due to face the fall. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

No pants Sunday?:

Commuters received a little more for the price of their fare on Sunday afternoon as 150 people ditched their pants in a planned stunt on the city’s rail network.

Organiser Adam Spencer was pleased with the turnout and called the event a celebration of silliness and a way to make people smile and relax during what is a stressful time of year.

Police and Queensland Rail were notified in advance to ensure things ran smoothly.

Bush tucker garden educates Mount Isa's Indigenous youth:

A bush tucker garden in Mount Isa is helping young Indigenous students connect with their culture.

The garden was created at the Central State School a year ago, and despite the ongoing drought remains thriving.

In addition to the garden, staff also take children into the surrounding bushland to learn about the environment and their culture.

Skilled migrant women struggle in the workforce:

Skilled migrant women in their thousands are being forced out of careers into low-level jobs or struggling to find work at all, a new labour force study has found.

Researchers from migrant agency AMES say the skills of these women are being underused, as they were often regarded as trailing spouses and not seen as valuable assets to the nation.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which provided funding to conduct the research, said women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds faced unemployment at a level two times that of those born in Australia.  

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition faces closure:

The national peak body for Australian youth defunded by the Abbott government has called for a meeting with the Prime Minister saying it is facing closure without  financial aid.

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition works in advancing the interests of Australians aged 12 to 25 through advising Federal Government departments and appearing at Senate inquiries.

The organisation used to run with eight people researching and talking to young people as well as running programs, however now there is only one person working one day a week trying to attend high-level meetings and make policy recommendations.

Considering the high levels of political apathy among young Australians and the importance of issues directly involving them it is seen as imperative that the group remains active.

Barack Obama will not offer public endorsement of any candidate:

US President Barack Obama will not offer public endorsement for any candidate in the lead up to the 2016 Democratic primary election.

In a New York Times op-ed last week President Obama said the nation’s gun violence demanded a national response, and he would not campaign or support any candidate who opposes common-sense gun reform, even if they are from within his own party.   

According to the not-for-profit Gun Violence Archive there have already been 208 deaths to gun violence this year.

Complaints stream in over New Years Eve assaults:

The number of complaints filed over assaults during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne has reportedly reached 516, with 40 per cent relating to sexual assault matters.

Police are alleging asylum seekers and illegal migrants from North Africa made up the majority of suspects causing allegations to rise saying that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy has backfired.

The violent attacks have sparked protests around the city from both women’s rights groups and supporters of the anti-immigration Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident.