Gympie Woman’s Podcast Gives Sexual Abuse Survivors A Voice and more Zedlines...

Gympie woman, Abbey Wake, is set to launch the first installment of a series of podcasts she has created, called Awaken the Voice. (Image Source: Flickr)

The podcast series is designed to help survivors of sexual abuse find a voice and gain confidence, serving as a platform for them to share stories anonymously.

Ms Wake said she hopes the podcasts will bring some amount of healing and closure to participants and listeners.

Awaken the Voice will be launched on the 4th of November, shedding light on issues such as motherhood, self harm and ways of coping with children who’ve been sexually abused.

Combining Child Care and Aged Care Benefits

A central Queensland project is providing young children and seniors an opportunity to come together, in an effort to have fun and learn from one another.

Red Cross social support officer, Fiona McPhail, said the idea was well-received, as older people can become socially isolated when they move into aged care.

She said not all elderly people have family around, so these events gives them something to look forward to.

On the other hand, children get their own elder role model, while learning about community values.

Cabinet Rejects Proposed Indigenous “Voice to Parliament”

The Turnbull government has knocked back the idea of an Indigenous “Voice to Parliament”, based on fears it would be seen as a third chamber of Australia’s parliament.

Cabinet said the recommendation is neither “desirable or capable of winning acceptance in a referendum”.

They also expressed the inclusion of an Indigenous representative assembly would defy the foundational principles of Australia’s democracy, where all citizens have “equal civic rights.”

Former PM, Tony Abbott, supports the government, saying they made the correct decision in not moving forward with the proposal.

Remote Indigenous Housing Scheme Lacking Transparency

A review into the national $5.4 billion Indigenous remote housing scheme has been criticised for lacking transparency, being poorly governed and hindered by constantly changing policies.

The scheme’s aim was to address overcrowding, poor housing conditions, and severe housing shortages in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

The Government said its first priority is to protect investments and increase the longevity of houses through ongoing maintenance and repairs.

An increased emphasis on planned cyclic maintenance, with a focus on health-related hardware will be further invested on.

Women are Safest in These Countries

Iceland and Norway are the best countries for women, and Syria and Afghanistan the worst, according to the recent Women and Peace Security Index report.

The Peace Research Institute Oslo said measuring and improving women’s lives is key to peace and security of nations as a whole.

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) Executive Director, Melanne Verveer, said the condition of women and denial of their rights indicates future instability and conflict in a country.

She adds countries will not bode well if women continue to be highly marginalised and beaten down.

Assad Behind Sarin Attack

Syria’s government was responsible for a deadly chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing more than 80 people on April 4.

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, and the Russian government have repeatedly said the incident was fabricated, while Syria's opposition and Western powers believed the Syrian government was responsible.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said independent sources confirm the Assad regime continuously uses chemical weapons, yet Syrian allied governments still protect the regime.