Australians feel Turnbull is not doing enough for kids in prison

The majority of Australians feel the Turnbull Government isn’t doing enough to protect children from abuse in the prison system, an Amnesty International poll has found. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

The poll was commissioned ahead of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT, showing only one out of three felt the Federal Government is doing enough.

77 per cent of respondents said independent inspectors should have full access to monitor and report abuse in children’s prisons.

The Turnbull Government claimed youth crime and justice is a state issue, not federal.


Queensland dairy farmers potential pay rise

Queensland will aim to produce more than 30 million tins of baby formula per year, with a new factory hoping to aid dairy farmers struggling with low retail prices.

Toowoomba Premium Milk chairman Steve Laracy, said the new plant will give some hope to farmers, set to process 200 million litres of milk a year.

Many farmers and dairy companies have welcomed the idea, stating the supermarket war of cheap milk would kill the state’s dairies.


Calls for new waste levy ahead of state election

Conservation groups have called for a new levy to prevent around 500 million dollars worth of recyclable material being incorrectly dumped into Queensland landfills every year.

The Queensland government waste avoidance policy shows close to 55 per cent of general waste from homes and businesses, is wrongly dumped in landfill rather than being recycled.

Two conservation groups, Queensland Conservation Council and Boomerang Alliance hope the issue will be debated during the upcoming Queensland state election.


Anti-abortion motions defeated by Senate

A motion to challenge anti-violence organisation White Ribbon Australia’s, federal funding defeated by the Senate 31 to 21.

Senator Cory Bernardi introduced the motion late Thursday saying the organisation advocated for legal abortions, including late term abortions.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young called the motion “misogynistic”, saying White Ribbon supports the access of rape victims to safe and legal abortions.

White Ribbon responded in a statement saying their position is to support women’s reproductive rights and the decriminalisation of abortion.

In a separate failed motion, Bernardi attempted to have medicare funding for abortions based on gender grounds cut.


Final Grenfell tower death toll revealed

The final death toll in the Grenfell tower disaster was revealed, with authorities saying 71 people died in the fire.

Officers said they have recovered and identified the final two bodies from the tower and don’t expect to find any more.

The deceased include at least four families of five, and range in ages from a stillborn baby boy to an 84-year-old woman.

Scotland Yard initially said it thought the final death toll was around 80 people, but the estimate was reduced in September.


Further demands for justice in Burma

President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation, Tun Khin called for further international action in regards to the continued genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

This followed a report released by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Fortify Rights on Tuesday, which indicated there is ‘mounting evidence’ of the genocide.

Khin demanded that Myanmar be referred to the International Criminal Court, as well as having targeted sanctions placed against their military.

Fortify Rights CEO, Matthew Smith, also called for urgent international action to be taken.