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Approximately 50 women have gathered in West End to bring the #freeTheNipple campaign to Brisbane. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)


A group of around 50 women gathered in West End’s Orleigh Park on Sunday afternoon in an event aimed at desexualising the nipple.

Women, children, non-binary and transgender people of all ages joined the picnic to share their stories and create a safe space where they did not feel sexualised or shamed.

Created as an event on Facebook, the page drew aggression and criticism from some and calls for the event to be more inclusive, unintentionally highlighting the difference between gender and sex.

Fraudulant plum sales:

The Queen Garnet Plum, a variety developed by the Queensland Government to tackle obesity is becoming a source of uproar in the states market with claims producers are illegally growing and selling the fruit.

The license to market and produce the plum was exclusively given to Nutrafruit in 2010 meaning that fruit could only be planted and grown by growers with a sub-license, and it could only be sold through agents who were appointed by Nutrafruit.

However, director of Nutrafruit, Hugh Macintosh said it has become evident some orchardists were illegally growing and selling the variety.

The fruit has been seen to successfully reduce the impact of poor diets on lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, and fatty liver in rats, with the effect currently being studied on humans.

Calls for fast tracking a Stolen Generations reparation scheme:

The death of prominent South Australian Aboriginal elder has prompted renewed calls for the fast tracking of a Stolen Generations reparation scheme.

Dawn Trevorrow, who had previously said she thought she would die before receiving any compensation, passed away last week at the age of 80.

Her son, Mark Elliott, said money was not the focus for his mother, but the simple fact that such a compensation could be paid to others still out there.

Applications for the South Australian scheme open next month, while New South Wales investigates the idea.

Racial profiling denied in the US:

US Customs and Border Protection has denied racial profiling after Pakistan-born New South Wales MP Mehreen Faruqi was interrogated about how she got an Australian passport as she entered the US.

The Greens MP has criticised immigration procedures at Los Angeles International Airport saying she and her husband were asked how they actually got their Australian passport before being split up for questioning.

She claims the process pointed towards racial profiling, an allegation US Customs and Border Protection are denying saying it is part of its critical national security mission to check the validity of travel documents on all travellers regardless of nationality, race, religion, or belief system.

Missing Hong Kong bookseller appears on TV:

A Hong Kong man missing since October who has published books critical of Beijing has appeared in a state TV interview telling of his surrender to Chinese police.  

During the interview Gui Minhai said he fled the mainland after receiving a two-year suspended sentence for a fatal drink driving incident and was taking his legal responsibilities by returning, though no explanation was given by either Mr Gui or the state broadcaster’s report as to how he arrived in police custody.

Mr Gui failed to return from a holiday in Thailand last year in the first of a spate of four disappearances involving employees of the publishing company, Mighty Current.

Work permits for Syrian refugees in Turkey:

Work permits will soon be introduced by Turkey for its millions of displaced Syrians, however, the move has been criticised for its inability to address Syrian child labour in the country.

According to Human Rights Watch there are over 400,000 Syrian children in Turkey who are of school age but are not receiving formal education, a situation that has led to a thriving informal labour market, with an estimated 300,000 Syrians illegally employed.

There are about 1.2 million Syrian children in Turkey a number that accounts for more than half the Syrian total in the country with the vast majority living outside the refugee camps dotting the Syrian-Turkish border.