Worldwide cancer experts to gather in Brisbane for Melanoma conference and more Zedlines

More than 1500 cancer experts will converge in Brisbane later this month for the 9th World Congress of Melanoma (Image credits: Datarecov).

The event will focus on bringing together world-class researchers and clinicians to discuss the current and future challenges for skin cancer prevention and control.


Australia has one of the highest cancer rates in the world with around 13,300 Australians diagnosed every year.


The event will take place from October 18 to 21.


Adani tax ties uncovered through latest investigation

An ABC four corners investigation has uncovered previously unknown tax haven ties for Adani group’s Australian operations, including assets in the Cayman Islands.


The Adani group promised a $22 billion windfall in taxes in mining royalty payments over the life of the Carmichael mine, but experts say the company has ample opportunity to avoid taxes.


Financial analysis and critic of Adani, Tim Buckley, says there could be a national security issue as Adani owns one of the biggest ports in the country and holds a large stake in the mining industry.  


Illegal firearms surrendered under amnesty in WA

More than 1200 illegal firearms have been surrendered to the WA police during a 3-month amnesty.


The amnesty from July 1 to September 30 encouraged Western Australians to hand in unlicensed guns or ammunition without fear of prosecution.


The haul included a range of shotguns, rifles, handguns and more than 65,000 rounds of ammunition.


Police Minister Michelle Roberts says the high turn-in was unexpected given the most recent firearms amnesty was only in 2013.


Legalising same-sex marriage could create economic boom

The Queensland Department of Tourism says Legalising same-sex marriage could create a significant economic boom for the wedding and tourism industry.


The department says the legislative change could increase spending relating to honeymoon expenditure, wedding planning, hospitality services and out-of-state wedding guests.


It further claims additional jobs will be generated from the spending of same-sex couples.


An economic evaluation of same-sex marriage, conducted by ANZ economists in 2015, estimated benefits worth $1 billion could result if half of the 34,000 same-sex couples - recorded in the 2011 census - chose to marry within one year.


The 2016 Census counted 46,800 same-sex couples, an increase of 39% on the 2011 figure.


Investigation into effective fake drug testing technology following fake drugs increase

Following an increase in fake vaccines, field-screening technologies on offer are being evaluated as part of an investigation by the World Health Organisation.


Head of the falsified medicines group at the WHO, Mick Deats, has promoted the importance of screening equipment in countries unlikely to have easy access to laboratories.


Currently, Veripad is one of the few field-screening technologies used to make quick decisions concerning the quarantine of vaccine shipments on the ground.


Las Vegas tragedy leaves 59 dead and more than 500 injured

At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded after a mass shooting in Las Vegas last night, The shooting is the largest US mass shooting in modern history.


The 64-year old gunman targeted the Route 91 country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.


President Donald Trump has condemned the attack calling it an act of pure evil.


The shooter was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor, US authorities have found no motive for the shooting at this time.