Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha

Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha, 45 000 people with disabilities to stay in unsatisfactory housing and Germany to see 500 000 more refugees this year as EU migrant crisis talks stall (Image source Wikicommons)

Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha

The rally to keep an asylum seeker infant in Australia received the support of over 15 unions last night, who pledged their support to staff at the Lady Cilento Hospital where baby Asha is treated for burns.

Queensland Nurses Union Secretary, Beth Mohle, says federal border control policy is compromising the ability of medical staff to do their jobs.

Solidarity events facilitated by the Refugee Action Collective Queensland will be held at the South Brisbane hospital over four nights beginning tomorrow.

Competition extended for Wynnum Central mural redesign

Local artists have the chance to enter a competition to redesign the Wynnum Central Train Station mural, with the closing date extended to March 18.

With more than 1000 trips starting or finishing at the train station each day, the mural will be seen by thousands every day.

The competition was launched before Christmas and the mural’s theme is ‘Brisbane’s seaside’ which artists must convey in their design.

45 000 people with disabilities to stay in unsatisfactory housing

The Disability Housing Futures Working Group says that 45 000 people with disabilities will remain in unsatisfactory housing ranging from nursing homes to homelessness under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

It is estimated by housing experts that 110,000 people need suitable housing which means that 40% will miss out on accommodation, despite the insurance scheme’s goal of providing participants with independent living options.

The DHFWG wants the government to participate in shared equity arrangements so that people with disabilities are able to live independently and buy their own home.

National Party deputy leader Fiona Nash urges rural women to take up politics

Deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash is calling on regional women to put their hand up for political and leadership positions following her recent promotion.

Senator Nash labelled her appointment a milestone in the party’s history as their first female deputy leader.

As part of her expanded rural health, development and communications portfolio Ms Nash vowed to improve internet access and education outcomes in regional Australia.

Donald Trump threatens to sue Ted Cruz over presidential eligibility

Republican candidate Donald Trump has threatened to sue Ted Cruz over his presidential eligibility due to his Canadian birth, unless he stops allegedly telling lies.

Trump was beaten by Cruz in the Iowa caucus in early February and in a recent press conference, Trump called his rival a basket case whose campaign is failing and is making false statements which he is hoping won’t be checked until after the election.

Despite signing a pledge to stay with the Republican Party, Trump implied on Monday that he may run independently for president.

Germany to see 500 000 more refugees this year as EU migrant crisis talks stall

Germany could see as many as half a million refugees enter the country in 2016, according to a government official.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has hit out at her European Union partners for a lack of unity in addressing the crisis in the region, with disagreements stalling the resettlement process.

The projection follows the nation’s intake of over one million people seeking refuge in Germany in last year.