Refugee death on Manus Island and more Zedlines...

Manus Island police have confirmed that a man has died overnight at the detention centre.

The asylum seeker was a 32 year-old Sri Lankan Tamil, and friends of the man say that he took his own life.

The unnamed man was living in the transit centre near the main town on the island and is the sixth detainee to die in the last four years.

The man had been sent to the hospital three days ago, after a self-harming incident at the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation centre.

Ocsober kicks off this week

Queenslanders are being encouraged to ‘lose the booze’ for the next month as part of Ocsober, a nationwide initiative designed to reduce drug and alcohol related harm.

Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt says that people focus on the short-term effects of binge-drinking but too often ignore that excessive alcohol consumption is a cause of cancer.

More than 3,000 Australians are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers every year, with liver, mouth, bowel, and breast cancer being amongst the most closely associated with binge-drinking.

Queensland Ubers need new license

Queensland Uber drivers will need licenses to operate from 2018, under new regulations announced yesterday.

Ride-share service drivers will need to carry a booked hire service license from January 15 next year, and will also be affected by other changes under government reforms such as the improved signage and security within their vehicles.

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey, says that eligibility tests for Uber drivers will be the same as those for all other forms of personalised transport.

Government under fire for TasTAFE audit

The government has been accused of hiding the results of an audit into Tasmania’s largest vocational education and training provider after refusing to release updates of the audit process.

A union claims they were promised updates throughout TasTAFE’s audit, following a misconduct scandal involving the then-CEO Stephen Conway and his deputy.

President of the Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch Damian Von Samorzewski says he understood that the interim reports from the 12 month audit would be made public, however Government minister Michael Ferguson says the details of the reports will only be made public when the audit is complete.

The audit was ordered after an Integrity Commission report in May pointed to serious misconduct within TasTAFE, and auditors have currently made 25 recommendations.

1400 drugs added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Australians battling a broad range of diseases including Parkinson’s, breast cancer, and psoriasis are set to save hundreds of dollars a year on prescription medicines as 1400 new drugs are added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Australia’s 285,000 schizophrenia sufferers will receive the most help, with a drug that once cost $1700 now available for $38 and just $6.30 for concession card holders.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the new reductions are estimated to save taxpayers $430 million over the next four years.

Red Cross struggling the help the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is set to reach breaking point as conditions worsen and aid is struggling to access the country.

Alexandre Faite, head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, has said the Saudi-led coalition is using disproportionate force resulting in excessive civilian deaths.

Over 10,000 have died in the fighting, and the cholera outbreak is currently affecting an additional 750,000 people, bringing the health sector to their knees.

500 tonnes of rice is scheduled to arrive on October 7th, which will be the first Red Cross shipment to successfully enter the country since February this year.

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