Third Melbourne Council Abandons Australia Day Celebrations and more Zedlines...

A third Melbourne council has voted to abandon official Australia day celebrations. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreland city council has now passed a motion stating that the “council believes it is not an appropriate date for an inclusive national celebration, as January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Moreland city council has now joined neighbouring councils Yarra and Darebin in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.

Kevin Rudd’s Godson Physically Attacked Over Defending Marriage Equality Posters

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s godson has been left with a bloodied face following an altercation with a man at a bus stop on Oxford Street in Bulimba.

Nineteen year old Sean Foster was attempting to stop his attacker from removing banners supporting the YES campaign for the upcoming marriage equality vote.

Mr Rudd took to social media posting a picture of Mr Foster’s bloodied face including the hashtags #voteyes and #marriageequality, as well as a warning to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on what this postal vote could unleash.

Safe Schools Program Fails to Gain Continued Support by Queensland Government

If elected, the Liberal National Party would want the Safe Schools program in Queensland gone.

After it was accused of being "ideologically-driven", Opposition education spokeswoman Tracy Davis says the LNP want to withdraw from Safe Schools and create an alternative anti-bullying program.

Federal funding for the program runs out in October, and Queensland Labor has not committed specific funding for it after then.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Report Underlines Crucial Role of GPs in Mental Health Care

A significant report was released on general practice today highlighting that the most frequent visits to GPs are for psychological care.This demonstrates that the sector is vital in helping patients with both their mental and physical health.

However, it has been noted that there is a current shortage of psychological and other mental health professionals in rural and remote areas, and that the role of doctors providing mental health care is absolutely critical.

President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Dr Ewen McPhee mentioned that medical graduates, training as Rural Generalist doctors, will be able to undertake advanced mental healthcare as a key element of their training.

UN calls for violence to end in Myanmar - But is it too late?

The United Nations security council has called for the Myanmar government to end its military action against Rohingya Muslims.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his concerns of the escalating violence in the Buddhist-majority country and said the government’s actions towards the Rohingya have been completely unacceptable.

Since 1982 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been denied citizenship and permission to leave, yet this is the first time the UN security council has made a statement about the violence in Myanmar in nine years.

At Least 25 Dead in Central African Republic

At least twenty-five have been killed and more than fifty injured in a series of clashes between rival militias of Bria and Yokapi in the Central African Republic.

During the violent confrontation between the two communities, around eighty houses were torched.

Researcher with the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch says one of the main reasons violence has risen in CAR is the exemption of past crimes.