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Triple M under fire - and more 10am Zedlines:
Compensation offers, a slap in the face:
Compensation offered to unpaid or underpaid Indigenous workers in Queensland is being called a slap in the face.
Pauline Hannam was put to work cleaning the Cherbourg girls dormitory she lived in as a child, and is among a group of Indigenous people whose wages and savings were heavily controlled by successive Australian governments until the 1970s.
Under Queensland’s stolen wages reparations scheme new claimants can recieve up to $9,200, a figure which Ms Hannam describes as a joke, adding the payments do not come close to what is necessary.
Mandatory prep for QLD from 2017:
Prep attendance will be mandatory for Queensland children from 2017 under proposed legislative changes.
The changes have been made in a bid to ensure that no child is left behind and aims at providing the same educational start for all children in the state.
However the opposition believes this is a move made by a Government merely adding more red tape and bureaucracy to an already successful system.
Triple M under fire:
Radio network Triple M is facing criticism after former Labor leader Mark Latham aired comments on his podcast with the station taking aim at Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and labeling male violence against women as a coping mechanism.
During the podcast Mr Latham decried feminists for demonising men and making perpetrators of domestic violence feel worse about themselves.
Triple M is an official partner of domestic violence awareness charity White Ribbon Australia, whose chair John Rosewarne says Mr Latham’s comments show his lack of understanding and knowledge of the complex issue.
Dick Smith employees feel the sting:
Over 180 Dick Smith workers will lose their jobs after the electronics retailer decided to close its retail outlets.
The chain went into receivership earlier this month, owing approximately $400 million to creditors and the receivers have said the 27 concessions at David Jones stores throughout Australia must be closed to restructure the business and try to sell it.
These stores currently employ two full-time employees, 78 part-timers, and 101 casuals and are set to close on Wednesday.
Noway struggles to uphold asylum seeker clampdown:
Norway is struggling to uphold a clampdown on asylum seekers entering the country amid security concerns raised by Russia and criticism from human rights groups.
The program, which involves deporting asylum seekers back across the border into Russia, was rushed through parliament last November in response to the 31,000 people who applied for asylum in the country in 2015, 5,500 through the Arctic route alone.
Human rights groups have condemned the move, citing Russia’s policy of returning asylum seekers to their country of origin if they lack the funds or visa for travel to a third country.
Genetics effect lithium users in the fight against bipolar:
A study has found that people's genetics determines their response to popular bipolar treatment, lithium.
A group of international scientists investigated how a patient's genetic make-up impacts the effects of lithium and found the drug to only be effective in a third of people using it, while it was moderately effective on another third and had absolutely no effect on those remaining.
The study is important for the medical world to understand how best to treat the difficult condition and will hopefully aid future research.