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In local news…
Rate of Queensland cancer cases more than triples
The Cancer Council says the rate of Queensland cancer cases has more than tripled over a 30 year period.
A rise in the state’s general and aging population are attributed to the increase in cases with half of Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with a form of cancer before reaching 80.
Professor Jeff Dunn from the Cancer Council says to reduce the risk of preventable cancers, people should attend cancer screening which has been attributed to improved survival rates, along with living a healthy lifestyle, and not indulging in smoking or excessive drinking.
Katter MPs plan to make last minute decision on lockout laws
Katter’s Australian Party MPs Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter won’t make a decision to vote for or against the Labor Government’s lockout law proposals until the parliamentary debate takes place this week.
Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk needs just one of three crossbenchers, including former Labor member Billy Gordon, to support the measures for them to pass.
The KAP MPs say they will continue to talk with their electorate to gauge public opinion before deciding their vote on the controversial laws.
In national news…
One in seven teens experience homelessness: Mission Australia
The CEO of Mission Australia, Catherine Yeomans (YO-MENS), is calling on all levels of government to implement long-term funding to combat youth homelessness after a report found one in seven teens had left home at some stage in the last three years.
Ms Yeomans says it will take a coordinated strategy to halve rates of young people on the streets by 2020, and organisations working towards this goal need funding certainty.
The survey of 19 000 young people around the country found kids are leaving home due to family conflict and stress, leading to a hidden at risk group of couchsurfing teens with no solid housing.
Western Australian GM farmers renew bid to repeal laws banning practice
Momentum is rising among pro-genetic modification farmers in Western Australia to have legislation banning the practice repealed in the state.
WA Agriculture minister Ken Baston vowed to wind back the laws last year after granting farmers an exemption to grow some GM crops, voicing concerns of a GM moratorium being enforced if the opposition take power next year.
The state has the fastest growing rate of GM crops in Australia, with cotton and canola grown using genetically modified material since 2008.
In international news…
Syrian hospitals and school air strikes
23 people in Syria have been killed and eight are missing after air strikes in Azaz and Idib which targeted a school and hospitals, one of which was run by Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Mego Terzian, the MSF French president, says he believes the perpetrator of the attacks is either the Syrian or Russia Governments.
Jean-Marc Ayrault, France’s foreign minister, says that the attacks on the country are war crimes.
Four American journalists arrested in Bahrain
Reporters Without Borders are calling for the release of four American journalists who have been arrested in Bahrain for alleged charges of entering the country illegally and joining protests.
The journalists were arrested on Sunday while reporting on clashes between locals and security forces in a Shia village.
The demonstration being covered marked the anniversary of protests held five years ago by Shia muslims.
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