Wedding and tourism businesses set to invest from same-sex marriage legalisation

Australia’s wedding and tourism industry are set to benefit once the same-sex marriage bill has passed, with the boom potentially profiting Queensland’s economy. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the move will impact a large number of businesses in both industries, from wedding planners to food and beverage services.

Wedding campaigns are being redesigned and rolled out between now and mid-next year, in a bid to encourage gay couples to choose a region for their venue.

Protestors calling for Canstruct to reject Nauru contract

Mums 4 Refugees and the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) is protesting outside Canstruct, in Yeerongpilly this morning.

Canstruct, a Brisbane civil engineering company, is attempting to obtain the Nauru contract to maintain the refugee detention centre.

Mums 4 Refugees and RAC is calling for the company and all others to reject the government contract.

The protesters are using #NoBusinessInAbuse and #BringThemHere to spread awareness.

Deforestation around Great Barrier Reef set to increase by 75%

A recent analysis of the Queensland Government’s 2016-2017 vegetation clearing notifications have revealed a 75% increase in deforestation in Barrier Reef catchments.

This increase in land marked for deforestation comes despite the assurances of intervention made by the Turnbull government to the UN in their 2016 update on the Reef 2050 plan.

Deforestation in Reef areas causes more erosion, leading to muddy and polluted waters which further damage coral and sea grasses, according to Wilderness Society National Nature Campaigner Jessica Panegyres.

Panegyres has labelled the federal government’s lack of intervention a ‘national disgrace’.

Gender pay gap still yet to be narrowed

The pay gap between both genders is narrowing, however men are still earning more than women in across majority of working industries and occupations.

Financial services are seen to have the greatest pay gap at 31.9%, with a lack of female positions across board and management positions.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Director, Libby Lyons, said the data suggests that boards are not engaging with gender equality issues.

American man to undergo world's first gene-editing treatment

An American man with a rare genetic disorder has become the first human patient to trial a gene-editing treatment inside his body.

Brian Madeux, a 44-year-old with the inherited metabolic disorder Hunter syndrome, has had 26 surgeries to treat his symptoms.

Gene editing has been around since the 1980s, but the new procedure has been able to target specific genes in a patient.

Genomics expert at the University of Queensland, Professor Peter Koopman said the case is unique because the procedure is taking place inside the patient’s body, trying to repair the gene without removing the organ first.

Cambodia court considers dissolving opposition party

Cambodia’s supreme court has dissolved the country's main opposition party in a case brought by the governing party of leader Hun Sen.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party is accused of plotting to topple the government - charges it denies, and says are politically motivated.

Half of the party’s MPs have already fled the country, after their leader Kem Sokha was arrested, accused of conspiring with the US to overthrow the government, and charged with treason.