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Women’s rights activists from around Sydney will be gathering tomorrow as part of World Humanitarian Day to honour the female heroes on the frontlines of natural emergencies. Picture source: Wikimedia commons.

ActionAid Australia is a global women’s rights organisation supporting women around the world to prepare for and respond to emergencies when they strike.

The “She is the Real Hero March” will start at Milson’s Point and finish in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House where activists will celebrate and honour the all too often forgotten women who lead their communities’ in times of disaster and conflict.

ActionAid Australia’s Michelle Higelin said climate change is leading to more frequent and severe disasters around the world and the role of women as first responders will only become more important in ensuring communities are prepared.

Flu outbreak causes medicine shortage in Queensland pharmacies

Queensland pharmacies are facing a shortage of prescription-only antiviral medicine used to treat the flu, as it sweeps through the state in one of the worst influenza outbreaks in years.

Shelves of large pharmacy chains are without the antiviral drug Tamiflu as wholesalers are out of stock, but the shortage is yet to affect hospitals, which Queensland Health say have sufficient supply.

So far this year, there have been more than 19,000 notifications of influenza in Queensland.

Adani accused of fraud

Queensland mega-mine Adani has been accused of ripping off Indian residents after originally claiming it could lift millions of Indians out of poverty.

Details contained in a 2014 file and published in The Guardian shows it allegedly inflated invoices for a project in India, allowing it to shift large amounts of money into offshore bank accounts.

Reports suggest it has siphoned 15 billion rupee, or 298 million dollars, through the project.

If true, this would have not only reduced taxes for Adani, but also increased power prices for Indian consumers.

Australians given paperless vote option on same sex marriage

Australians travelling overseas or living in remote locations will be offered the option of a paperless vote during the same sex marriage survey.

Many Australians have voiced concerns they may not receive a postal ballot before votes are due back on November 7.

The ABS has responded to these concerns, with Deputy statistician Jonathan Palmer saying a number of options are being considered to ensure those who want to vote can do so.

The ABS will clarify what form a paperless vote will take early next week, with current possibilities including an online form, text message or telephone touch-tone.

16 killed in Barcelona attack

At least 16 people have been confirmed dead and 100 injured in a suspected Islamic State attack in Barcelona overnight, with at least one Australian reported to be in a serious condition.

Catalan police have confirmed the attack came mid afternoon Spanish time with local media reports saying the van careened down popular tourist spot Las Ramblas avenue, ploughing into pedestrians.

Two men have been arrested following the incident, which is currently being treated as a terrorist attack.

This is the latest in a series of vehicle attacks across Europe in the past year.

PNG increasing security following election

Papua New Guinea’s government is strengthening its security on the highlands, in a move to prevent fighting following the recent election.

Defence force and police are being sent to the Southern Highlands and Enga, where at least 20 people have been killed as rival tribes clash over disputed election results.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said there will be zero-tolerance for future interruptions to law and order and community safety.

The security move expands on a previous police and military callout months ago to stop unrelated tribal fighting.