Poverty the real cost of fashion in Australia: Oxfam report and more Zedlines...

As little as two per cent of the price of a piece of clothing sold in Australia makes it to the pockets of workers who are being paid poverty wages by the booming fashion industry, according to a new Oxfam report released today.

The report, What She Makes, shows that while many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying increases in revenue, the workers making our clothes – the vast majority of whom are women - are trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Oxfam’s report argues that it is possible for big brands to pay living wages – wages earned in a standard week that cover essential needs including food, housing, healthcare, clothing, transport, education, and some money for unexpected events.

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke says that even if big companies paid the cost of living wages to all workers, the price of a piece of clothing sold in Australia would only need to be increased by one per cent.

Adani protesters crash Palaszczuk's election campaign

Protesters demonstrating against the Adani coal mine have today disrupted Annastacia Palaszczuk campaigning in Airlie Beach, marking the second day in a row the activists have appeared on the campaign trail.

This comes after a representative from Stop Adani Brisbane stormed the stage yesterday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the November 25th election.

The protesters have vowed to ramp up efforts to stop the government’s $1 billion loan to the mining giant during the upcoming Queensland election.

Stop Adani Brisbane spokesperson Dr Moira Williams says voters are angry and prepared to do whatever it takes from stopping the mining project and its disastrous environmental repercussion from coming to fruition.

Government underestimates public support for Indigenous recognition

A national survey has found the majority of Australians support Indigenous constitutional recognition. 

The survey, which was completed by a diverse group of more than 1500 people, asked respondents whether they supported a change to the Constitution to officially recognise the history and culture of Australia’s Indigenous peoples

This comes after the Turnbull Government last week said that constitutional recognition and a proposed Indigenous advisory body would not garner much public support.  

IVF breakthrough expected to deliver more babies (email)

Success rates of IVF treatment for Australian couples is expected to rise, thank to a breakthrough in new IVF technology.

The new technologies significantly reduce the need for disturbance during the vital stages of an embryo’s development, leading to, on average, more embryos per IVF attempt.

Genea’s Medical Director Associate Professor Mark Bowman says the the results improve fertility treatment and to maximise the chance couples have of fulfilling their dreams of becoming parents in the least number of cycles as possible.

The new treatment has seen an increase of 46.7% in the number of high grade embryos per cycle when compared to past methods used.

Queen’s airport security information left on London street

A USB stick containing confidential information regarding Heathrow Airport security measures has been found on a London street.

The USB contained 76 folders and included detailed information about the security plans used to protect the Queen when she travels through the airport.

The unencrypted data was found by a member of the public and handed in to the Sunday Mirror.

Heathrow Airport security officials say they have launched an internal investigation and are taking steps to prevent similar situations from happening again in the future.

Mexico City’s Day of Dead parade honours quake rescuers

This year’s Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City honours the 228 capital residents killed by an earthquake last month.

Mexico City’s central Zocalo plaza was filled with candle covered shrines and skeletal Catrina figures, where people were invited to place photos of those killed in the two recent earthquakes.

A raised fist to signal silence, used by rescuers, has now become a nation and international symbol for Mexico’s people.

Parade coordinator Julio Blasina says they had an obligation to pay tribute to the fallen, while transmitting the message that the city is still standing.