Manus protesters charged

Five people protesting against the treatment of refugees on Manus Island have been charged in Sydney. Photo Source: Flickr

Two men and three women will face court next month for trespassing, after they climbed to the top of the Sydney Opera House on Thursday to hang banners calling for government action.

Police climbed the sails of the Opera House to arrest the protesters.

Activist group Whistleblowers, Activists, and Citizens Alliance claimed credit for the protest on Facebook.

Police defend handgun crackdown resisted by rural farmers

Some farmers and graziers throughout rural Queensland are being ordered to surrender their handguns, despite no change to the Category H classification.

This comes as Queensland Police review farmers’ circumstances to determine if their license is necessary.

Queensland Police Licensing branch manager Adam Guild said new satellite technology has provided insight towards the terrain and size of properties, allowing for new parameters of decision making.

Social media blamed for dangerous use of sports supplements

A former bodybuilder turned academic is warning social media could be responsible for a rise in the dangerous use of sports supplements.

Dr Betul Sekendiz said sport supplement chains promote fitness challenges and unrealistic expectations through ‘influencers’.

But she warns a large social media following does not render someone qualified to give health advice.

She said a lack of consumer awareness has proved dangerous, with six organ transplants needed between 2011 and 2016 due to herbal supplements.

Fed Government pledges to close the gap in NT

The Federal Government will invest more than $12 million into medical research projects in the Northern Territory.

The nine projects will focus on child health and chronic diseases, aiming to close the gap in Indigenous health.

Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said medical research is critical to help address significant challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.

Former Catalan parliament speaker in court

The former speaker of the Catalan parliament has appeared at Spain's Supreme Court over her role in the region's push for independence.

Carme Forcadell and five other former government heads may be remanded in custody on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.

Spain's Constitutional Court ruled the Catalan referendum on independence from Spain on October 1 was illegal.

After the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on 27 October, the Spanish government took direct control of the region and sacked its leaders.