Snap protest held at the Department of Immigration and more Zedlines

People gathered at the Department of Immigration today calling on the government to act on the men stranded on Manus Island. Image credit: Grace Pashley

A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.

This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.

A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.

For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.

Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast

On Wednesday the 15th of November, Australian Marriage Equality will be hosting an event broadcasting the results of the postal survey.

The event starts at 8am at Queens Garden in the CBD, and the results will be broadcasted from 8:45am.

Australian Marriage Equality said regardless of the result, it is a time us to come together.

 

PNG give final warning to the men on Manus Island

The 421 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have been told by the Papua New Guinea government they must leave today or be forcibly evicted.

The men left in the camp have been living without any essential resources for 13 days, and are refusing to leave because they feel unsafe in the Lorengau community they are being told to settle in.

International pressure for Australia to intervene is mounting, with the United Nations calling it an international emergency.  

 

Australian women urged to undertake cervical cancer screening.

Australian women are being urged to make sure they’re up-to-date with cervical cancer screening, ahead of new changes to come into effect next month.

Figures show nearly 50% of Australian women aren’t being screened as often as they should, and 90% of cervical cancer deaths are because of this.

The issue is being highlighted as part of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and Doctor Ginni Mansberg is urging women to take action.

 

Earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has struck the Iraq-Iran border, sparking panic and injuring hundreds.

Iranian news says at least 61 people have been killed and a further 300 injured in Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border.

Damage has been reported in 8 villages, and was felt as far as Turkey and Israel.

 

Yemen's health system in crisis due to ongoing war

The Saudi-led coalition have imposed a blockade on Yemen, shortening their medical supplies.

The country’s health system has collapsed after two years of war, and patients have no way of leaving the country to receive treatment abroad.

The United Nations warn that if Saudi Arabia does not allow aid access to Yemen, it could lead to the largest famine the world has seen for many decades.