Gucci pledges to go fur free in 2018 and more zedlines...

Luxury fashion brand Gucci has announced it will go fur free from next year and auction off all remaining fur items, following rival Armani’s decision last year. (Image source: Wikipedia Commons

During talks at the London College of Fashion, Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri announced the move was a commitment to “sustainability” and being “socially responsible” by doing better for the environment and animals.

The changes will come into effect for the 2018 spring/summer collection, and all proceeds from the fur auction will go to animal rights organisations the Humane Society International and LAV.

Animal rights organisations are celebrating, with the Humane Society International saying the decision is “huge game-changer” and will have “a ripple effect throughout the world of fashion.”

Scientists make space for meteorite

Queensland scientists have got their hands on a meteorite they say may help us understand how planets like Earth are formed.

The meteorite weighs in at more than 15 kilograms and has been valued at $100,000.

Scientists believe it is one of only five in the world, and say it most likely came from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Part of the meteorite is currently in Toowoomba, and will head to Ipswich and Townsville to be viewed by members of the public.

Wasabi crop mastered by Queensland farmer

A far north Queensland chef has managed to grow a potentially lucrative wasabi crop in a tropical rainforest.

The feat is notable as wasabi japonica has been infamously difficult to grow even in its preferred, cool climate in Japan.

Jamie Ah Gee and his wife Annie currently have 80 plants growing within a shade-cloth greenhouse at their home in Kur-randa, west of Cairns.

Mr Ah Gee said they have successfully grown the wasabi, and propagated it so the future looks favourable for wasabi in the rainforest.

Australia has one of the fastest rising income inequality rates

The International Monetary Fund says Australia is among countries with the highest growth in income inequality in the world over the past 30 years.

IMF’s director of fiscal affairs, Victor Gaspar, said income inequality growth in Australia has been similar to the US, South Africa, India, China, Spain, and UK since the 1980s.

Last month treasurer Scott Morrison said inequality was not getting worse in Australia, as Australian wages were growing slowly across most industries in the economy.

But Mr Gaspar said income inequality has increased in nearly half of the world’s countries in the past three decades, and excessive inequality could “erode social cohesion, lead to political polarisation, and ultimately lower economic growth”.

Centrelink program worth $50m to cut call waiting times

The government is spending $50 million on a program they claim will slash Centrelink call waiting times.

Human Services Minister, Alan Tudge, has announced private company Serco, will take on outsourced call centre duties from Centrelink.

In 2014, 22 million calls to Centrelink were met with engaged signals, which increased to 42 million in 2016.

Canada to pay $600 million to indigenous forcefully adopted

The Canadian Government will pay a total of $600 million in legal settlements to indigenous people who were forcibly adopted between the 1960s and 80s.

Following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vow to bring a better quality of life to the country’s 1.4 million indigenous people, those eligible could receive up to $40,000, while a further $40 million will establish a survivor’s healing foundation.

Children who were adopted out across Canada and the world were given new names, losing their culture, language and identity in the process.