Student sued in discrimination scandal confronts Gillian Triggs and more Zedline

Former Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs was confronted live on Q&A last night by a QUT student involved in the 18C discrimination scandal.

 

The scandal began in 2013 when the students made comments on Facebook after being asked to leave an indigenous-only computer lab, but they did not learn of the legal action until 2015.

 

One of the sued students, Callum Thwaits, said his life had nearly been destroyed by the long running legal saga, and that he could not accept Trigg’s handling of his case.

 

Triggs apologised, but claimed the HRC’s handling of the case was excellent, despite admitting they never told the accused students they were being investigated because the commission didn’t have their contact details.

 

CCC executed search warrant on Logan City Council

 

Officers from the Crime and Corruption Commission have executed a search warrant on the Logan City Council.

 

The warrant comes as a part of an ongoing investigation by the Commission into the conduct of some candidates in the 2016 Gold Coast, Moreton and Ipswich Council elections.

 

Logan Councillor Darren Power says the Crime and Corruption Commission officers addressed a meeting of councillors yesterday to inform them they were executing a six-page search warrant.

 

ANZ has become the latest corporation to recognise workers with autism for their unique skill set

 

ANZ has become the latest major company to deliberately employ people who have autism.

 

Nine new employees are set to begin working with the corporation as early as next year, taking on roles in both cyber-security and test analysis.

 

Autism researcher from La Trobe University Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, said cyber security is recognised as a good fit for people with autism as the attention to detail and ability to look for information and variations in code is critical.

 

While ANZ is starting out with an intake of nine employees, Director of the ANZ program Matt Ormiston says they hope to expand this number significantly across a variety of platforms within the company.

 

Groundbreaking spinal cord injury treatment coming to Sydney

 

A breakthrough in reversing spinal cord injuries is being trialled in Sydney next year, giving Australians with all sorts of mobility issues hope for the future.

 

The groundbreaking treatment was created by Professor Reggie Edgerton from the University of California, and has already helped 20 paralysed people move their limbs again.

 

Electrical currents are used to stimulate the spinal cord below the point of injury in a process called neuromodulation, allowing limbs to act upon messages from the brain.

 

Participants in the study have also benefited from flow on effects like control of bladder and bowels, and lowered blood pressure.

 

Millions of dollar found wasted in Nelson Mandela's funeral scandal

 

South Africa’s corruption watchdog revealed more than $300 million was taken from a development fund to help with Nelson Mandela’s funeral cost four years ago.

 

Instead of using it for initial plans to improve sanitation, replacing mud schools and refurbishing hospitals, the authorities spent it on items like T-shirts that cost $24.

 

The country’s public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane has shown her concern on the situation, and urged that necessary actions be taken.

 

Supreme Court approves Trump’s new travel ban

 

The US Supreme Court have allowed Trump’s revised travel ban to go into full effect, despite legal challenges in lower courts.

 

The travel ban targets people from six Muslim-majority countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

 

Supreme court challengers say the latest ban violates the US constitution as it discriminates against Muslims, while lower courts say travellers with a relationship with someone in the US should not be kept out of the country.