R U Okay? Day and more Zedlines...

As part of “R U Okay Day?” Australians are being encouraged to check in and start a conversation with the people around them by using four simple steps: ask, listen, encourage action and check in. (image source: Wikimedia commons)

With suicide being the leading cause of death for Australians aged between fifteen and forty-four, the national organisation hopes by starting a conversation with those that may be struggling can help prevent suicide.

If you, or you know someone that is struggling, call Beyond Blue at 1300 224 636.

Fraudulent claims made to government jobs program

163 applications made to the Back-to-Work program are being referred by the application processing staff to the compliance team for investigation.

50 matters of potential fraud have been connected to the program, allegedly involving applicants falsifying documentation in order to gain funding they are not entitled to.

Industrial relations officer Grace Grace says that the allegedly fraudulent cases are 2.25 per cent of the total 7324 applications received, and is an extremely small percentage of the overall program, and is happy with it’s exceptional success.



Ipswich City to host Queensland Fine Food Showcase

Ipswich city is hosting a Queensland Fine Food Showcase for key buyers from China and Hong Kong. The buyers are representing supermarkets, ecommerce platforms, importers and food servicing companies.

Businesses in Ipswich specialising in goods ranging from bakery products to desserts and drinks will present their goods for their potential share in export opportunities into China and Hong Kong.

The last of the two Hong Kong mini-showcase events will finish up today.



Tasmanian Aboriginal Artefacts Stolen and Sold in Sydney

More than one hundred and fifty Aboriginal artefacts have been found in a Sydney home that were allegedly stolen from Tasmania.

Officers from Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment said the artefacts have been sold online.

Many of the relics are seen to be cutting tools that originated from Tasmania.



Spain Summons Catalan Mayors Over Independence Vote
Spain's state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of all seven hundred plus Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum.

Madrid seeks to block the separatist vote it deems illegal, with the country's prosecutor office ordering 712 mayors, who have agreed to help stage the October first vote, to be summoned to court as official suspects.

Spain's state prosecutor has vowed to present criminal charges to members of the Catalan parliament who voted in favour of the region holding a referendum on independence.


Protesters in Charlottesville cover statue of Former US President
Approximately 100 students, faculty and community members reportedly took part in the demonstration, which mimicked the decision by Charlottesville's authorities last month to shroud Confederate statues.

The protesters marched and chanted slogans against US President Donald Trump and the Ku Klux Klan, and carried Black Lives Matter posters.