Myanmar elects new head of state - and more 8am Zedlines

Myanmar's parliament has elected its first head of state with no military ties since 1962

Queensland MP calls for release of young refugee

Queensland MP Mark Bailey has spoke of the indefinite incarceration of a young refugee, Mojgan Shamsalipoor (Mojan SHAMSALIPOOR). The 21-year old fled her home of Iran in 2012 and applied for a bridging visa which was rejected.

Ms Shamsalipoor is married to Milad Jaffari, a fellow refugee who was granted a visa and will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship later this year.

Mr Bailey has called on Peter Dutton, the Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene.


Victorian government promises LGBTI, multicultural funds

The state government of Victoria says it will make five hundred thousand dollars available over the next four years to fight discrimination and assist LGBTI and multicultural Australians with challenges they face.

The government pointed to research showing higher levels of anxiety and depression within the LGBTI community, and limited support for Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds. The grants will be managed by specialist programs under the of the Victorian multicultural commission.


NSW one step closer to anti protest laws

Yesterday the NSW parliament debated anti protest laws which will lead to increasing fines for illegal entry to mining and coal seam gas sites.

Under proposed laws the police will have greater powers to identify relocate protesters.

The bill is supported by the Shooters and Fishers party and christian democrat Fred Nile.

The Greens and Labor are against the anti protest laws and Labor MP Ryan Park says it’s a community’s right to band together and protest.


Myanmar elects new head of state

Myanmar's parliament has elected its first head of state with no military ties since 1962. Htin Kyaw (HATIN KAYAH) was selected for candidacy by close friend and Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi (AWN(g) SAN SOO CHEE), who became a prominent figure for human rights after being sentenced to house arrest by the Myanmar government in 1989. Suu Kyi (SOO CHEE) lead her National League for Democracy party to victory in November 2015, however she is personally blocked by Myanamar's constitution from becoming president.