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Sydney’s city district was filled with protesters on Sunday, to demand that refugees being detained on Pacific Islands be allowed to settle in Australia as the resettlement deadline approaches.

The Manus Island center is to be closed on October 31 and refugees with a negative status are being pushed to return to their country of origin, while those with a positive status are forced to settle in Papua New Guinea.

A Kurdish journalist, Behrouz Boochani, says detainees do not feel safe being settled in PNG as there are limited opportunities to work and provide for their families.

Art meets Science in an exhibition for Fraser Island

A collaboration between 30 scientists and 5 visual artists has resulted in an exhibition portraying the life and environment on Fraser Island.

The Fraser Island Defenders Organisation invited the group to partake in a week long camp to observe the comprehensive habitats and natural resources found on the Island.

Artist Kelli McGregor says the group worked well together, and they all wanted to help preserve and maintain the natural world heritage island.

The exhibition is on display at Hervey Regional Art Gallery until October 22 before moving to the Aspire Gallery in Brisbane.

Queenslanders bear the brunt of skin cancer in Australia.

A recent study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has revealed that Queenslanders are nearly 60% more likely to be affected by skin cancer than any other state in the country.

Berghofer Cancer CONTROL Group leader Professor David Whiteman says that men aged 55 and over are the leading demographic for non-melanoma skin cancer.

Nearly 7 per cent of Queensland men aged over 20 had skin cancer removed between 2011 and 2014, with almost half of these having a second cancer removed within three years.

Professor Whiteman says the magnitude of this issue should not be ignored and wants to remind Queenslanders to take care in the sun in the coming hot summer months.

Report highlights Australia’s major human rights concerns

A UN panel of experts will assess Australia’s human rights record this week, as the country prepares to join the UN human rights council.

A report prepared for the committee states that while Australia has improved in some areas of human rights protection, other areas are of of significant concern, including policies regarding asylum seekers and indefinite offshore detention.

Other areas in which the report claims Australia’s human rights protections have regressed include the increased powers of police to detain Indigenous Australians without charge, drastic metadata retention laws, and systematic abuse of children held in youth detention.

Director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, Emily Howie, says that if Australia wants to be taken seriously on the human rights council, it urgently needs to improve its policies.

California wildfires death toll rises

The deadliest blaze recorded in California’s history has seen thousands of Californians evacuated from their homes as the death toll rises to 40.

It’s estimated that 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as the fires continue to burn for a sixth day, stretching over 160 kilometers of Northern California.

Approximately 300 people remain unaccounted for, and over 5,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed, making this the deadliest and more destructive group of wildfires in the history of the state.

California Governor Jerry Brown says the devastation is unbelievable, and is a horror that no one could have imagined.

Four Rohingya refugees trampled by elephants

Four Rohingya Muslims, including three children, have died after being trampled by elephants in Bangladesh on Saturday morning local time.

Bangladesh is struggling to cope with the influx of people fleeing from the violence in Myanmar, resulting in refugee shelters being set up on elephant walkways.

The incident, which is the second of its kind in just a few weeks, draws attention to the environmental impact that the 530'000 fleeing Rohingya refugees has had on Bangladesh.