Refugees on Nauru forbidden to be present at the birth of their children and more zedlines

Australian immigration authorities have refused to allow an Iranian refugee to travel to Brisbane to be with his sick and heavily pregnant wife.

Iranian Kurd Mohammad Fa-rahi is currently held by Australia on Nauru, while his wife is in detention in Brisbane, being treated for dengue fever.

Australian authorities have allegedly told Mohammad that he will not be allowed to support his wife as she gives birth, or see his baby.

Mohammad is 1 of at least 5 fathers on Nauru who have not seen their infant children, another one of whom was encouraged to give up custody of his daughter so he could be resettled in the US.


Twilight Markets promote local produce

The food Connect Foundation invites the Brisbane community to buy local at a series of Twilight Hub Markets this year.

The Markets will feature local food makers as well as other local and talented sellers, offering food, gifts and music.

Chair of the Food Connect Foundation Robert Pekin says the beauty of buying locally is that you’re contributing to the health and viability of our local community.

The first Twilight Hub Market is held November 2nd from 4-8pm at Food Connect’s Community Hub on Commerce Street, Salisbury.


New funding to support Far North Queensland families of ice users

New funding for the Ice and Other Drug Related Information, Education and Support Services will help far North Queensland families of ice users be better equipped to help their affected loved ones.

Cairns and Cape York are two of the Queensland locations selected as part of a $5.4 million program to fund non-government organisations to deliver accessible and flexible support and information to families of ice users.

In Far North Queensland in the year to June, there were 74 children found in need of protection where one or both parents were using ice, a 14 per cent increase in just six months.

Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman says the new funding will support a local organisation to help family members of ice users to get the facts, develop strategies and find out where to access help and support for their ice affected family members.


Anti same-sex marriage campaigns damaging to kid's mental health

Child health researchers are warning that it’s homophobic discrimination that is causing harm to children of gay parents, rather than their sexuality.

Thirteen child health experts wrote a review of international research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, which found that campaigns against same-sex marriage have led to a “dangerous mis-representation” of evidence about the welfare of children of same-sex couples.

The review also found that an increased public health risk exists due to homophobic campaign messages, including mental health risks for same-sex couples and their children.


New funding goes towards research into new vaccine to treat head and neck cancer

Support from the Advance Queensland’s Ignite Ideas Fund has aided the investigation into the use of a new HPV vaccine which treats head and neck cancers.

Ad-me-dus Immuno-therapies is working on demonstrating clinical proof of concept that the vaccine could potentially be used to treat the 600,000 new cases of HPV-associated cancers recorded globally each year.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch says that the project has enormous potential, from saving lives around the world to reinforcing Queensland’s reputation as a place to conduct and invest in research and clinical development.

Workers killed in Malaysian landslide.
Eleven workers have died following a landslide at a construction site situated in North-West Malaysia.

The workers have been identified as being from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar and were working at a site where two 49-storey towers were being built.

The cause of the landslide is still unknown, but local media reported that many residents and local activists had heavily protested against the ongoing development of hillslopes in the area.