Autism biobank opens in Brisbane and more 11am Zedlines

An Autism Biobank opening in Brisbane will be the first in Australia with hopes of a more accurate diagnosis as well as early detection for the disorder. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

More bursaries for high school and tertiary study female students:

A record number of bursaries from the National Council of Women will be made available to female students in high school and tertiary study this year. 

The bursaries each have their own criteria with some targeting women based on what they are studying, others targeting women in different geographical areas, and some provided for students challenged by mental illness, disability, or a family member with cancer. 

The number of bursaries provided by the NCWQ has increased from two in 2009, which is the year the program started, to 26 in 2016. 

Autism biobank opens in Brisbane:

An Autism Biobank opening in Brisbane will be the first in Australia with hopes of a more accurate diagnosis as well as early detection for the disorder.

Almost five thousand samples taken from children with autism as well as their parents will be stored in freezers with the hope of delivering answers to the causes of the condition at an earlier stage.

Samples gathered across Australia will be delivered to the Biobank at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Today is Harmony Day - celebrate our diversity and make a difference:

Red Cross is encouraging Australians to celebrate their diversity and do something practical to make communities more welcoming.

Events have been organised all over Australia, including cultural celebrations, morning teas, classroom activities and sporting events.

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Craig Laundy, says it's about bringing the community together and celebrating what makes Australia great. 

Houses of Parliament recalled to consider bill:

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced both Houses of Parliament will be recalled to consider the Australian Building and Construction Commission bill.

Mr Turnbull says if the ABCC bill is not passed in the senate, a double dissolution will be called on July 2nd.

The Federal Government has been trying to pass the legislation to reintroduce a building industry watchdog but is struggling to secure parliamentary support.

Asylum seekers continue to travel to Greek Islands despite new deal:

Asylum seekers are continuing to arrive on the Greek Islands despite a new deal between Turkey and the European Union which aims to put an end to the influx of asylum seekers in the region. 

There are growing fears the controversial deal, which involves closing down the Greek route, could potentially claim more lives, following reports of a baby drowning off Turkey and two men being reported dead on arrival after their boat sank. 

The closure of the Greek route could encourage asylum seekers to take the much riskier Mediterranean crossing to Italy, exposing them to much more dangerous conditions. 

Tibetans vote to elect political leader:
Exiled Tibetans are voting to elect a political leader as the Dalai Lama looks to establish a democratic system that could outlast him. 

Voting comes amid concerns over the spiritual leader’s health, highlighting need for a leader to continue the struggle for autonomy for Chinese-ruled Tibet.

The vote will elect a leader of the Central Tibetan Administration, the body held by the 100,000 Tibetans living in exile as their legitimate government, currently not recognised by any country, including China.