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Language Warning: Your bad language can get you fined.

Swearing some would argue is a part of Australian life. What some consider as bad language, is becoming more accepted and used in contemporary society. While Australia is seen internationally as a very laid back country, most would be surprised with how strict our laws are in terms of swearing in public. All states and territories in Australia have some law that criminalises bad language in public. This may seem like a trivial issue until you start to see how disproportionately these laws affect some of the most vulnerable in society.

Queenslanders lose $215 million to Pokies and more Zedlines

Queenslanders lost a record 215 million in one month to casino and hotel gambling, which equates to an average loss of more than $280,000 every hour per day (Image Credits: Pcb21).

The figures were revealed by a Fairfax Media analysis of open data published by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

 

Over the 12 months to July, that figure ballooned to $2.28 billion, a marginal increase on the previous year's $2.27 billion.

 

Queensland nursing exchange program links city and country

 

Four nurses have exchanged jobs for three months as part of the State Government's Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program.

 

Greens: taxpayers should fund international expansions of media organisations...and more zedlines

Image credit: Wikimedia The Greens have accused the Turnbull government of double standards, saying Australian taxpayers should subsidise the expansion of multinational media companies by extending a new fund for regional media outlets to the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian.

As part of the media ownership reforms, a $60 million fund has been promised to boost independent and regional publishers and young rural journalists.

Currently, the program is restricted for Australian run outlets with a turnover of between $300 thousand and $30 million a year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young says that journalists investing in Australian journalism, regardless of the country the outlet is from, deserve backing as much as anyone else.

School urges community to vote no in SSM survey

R U Okay? Day and more Zedlines...

As part of “R U Okay Day?” Australians are being encouraged to check in and start a conversation with the people around them by using four simple steps: ask, listen, encourage action and check in. (image source: Wikimedia commons)

With suicide being the leading cause of death for Australians aged between fifteen and forty-four, the national organisation hopes by starting a conversation with those that may be struggling can help prevent suicide.

If you, or you know someone that is struggling, call Beyond Blue at 1300 224 636.
 

Fraudulent claims made to government jobs program

163 applications made to the Back-to-Work program are being referred by the application processing staff to the compliance team for investigation.

Third Melbourne Council Abandons Australia Day Celebrations and more Zedlines...

A third Melbourne council has voted to abandon official Australia day celebrations. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreland city council has now passed a motion stating that the “council believes it is not an appropriate date for an inclusive national celebration, as January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Moreland city council has now joined neighbouring councils Yarra and Darebin in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.

Kevin Rudd’s Godson Physically Attacked Over Defending Marriage Equality Posters

Calls to offer school girls the option of pants and more zedlines...

Groups are pushing for a national reform into school uniforms for girls following the West Australian Government’s decision to make it mandatory for schools to offer girls the option of pants, ABC reports. Picture source: Wikimedia commons.

Research shows girls are less likely to perform physical activities at school when required to wear skirts or dresses.

Other states allow the individual schools to decide on their dress codes.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse discussed at BIGSOUND

Australia’s largest music conference BIGSOUND, is wrapping up today with discussions on substance abuse and mental health issues of musicians.

Half-mast better than half-arsed for January 26th and more Zedlines...

A respected Wurundjeri elder says she would like to see flags flown at half mast on January 26th to commemorate fallen Aboriginal warriors. (Image Source: Flickr)

The City of Darebin Council this week became the latest to scrap Australia Day celebrations after neighbouring Yarra City Council did so last week.

On Monday, Darebin, which has one of the biggest proportions of Aboriginal residents of the Greater Melbourne council areas, voted for a series of changes including scrapping Australia Day citizenship.

 

Tweed Heads left out 

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Malcolm Turnbull Urges Aussies in North Korea to Leave and more Zedlines...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is considering evacuating Australians from the Korean Peninsula. (image source: Flickr)

The prime minister says the threat of war is the greatest it’s been since the Korean War but confident the global community can bring North Korea “to it’s sense.”

He urges Australians in that region to register their details with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

Queensland Childcare Workers to Strike Over Pay

Working parents will have to find alternatives for their children today as childcare workers go on strike across southeast Queensland at 3:20pm.

WW2 bomb defused in Frankfurt

German explosives experts have defused a large World War II bomb in Frankfurt, following the evacuation of approximately 60,000 residents.

The bomb was found on a building site within the city district, leading to police setting up a cordon around the evacuation area, which covered a radius of 1.5 kilometres.

More than 1,000 emergency service workers helped to clear the evacuation zone and direct people into temporary shelters in Frankfurt.

This is Germany’s biggest evacuation since the war, with fire chiefs stating that the bomb had the capabilities to flatten a city block.

Majority of St Lucia residents oppose Adani mine and support transition to renewable energy

QC calls on Federal Goverment to comment on two year old Native Title Review

A prominent human rights lawyer has called on the Federal Goverment to immediatley comment on a two year old report on the Native Title Act.

Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC said the report, 'Connection to Country: Review of the Native Title Act, 1993' was made public in 2015 and made over 30 recommendations that would profoundly affect Native Title claimant's ability to access their rights.

According to Dr Keon-Cohen, these reforms would bring the Act in line with the spirit of the Mabo ruling, which brought about its establishment.

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