Indigenous affairs


China launches unhackable communications network

Hacking of private and public technologies is as sophisticated as it ever has been, leading China to launch a new “unhackable” communications network (Image: Flickr).

China has utilised quantum cryptography for the new network; a radical break from the traditional method of encryption.

The project has been credited as a milestone, maintaining China’s lead in technology worldwide.

Expulsion rates of Qld school students on the rise

Over the past three years, more than 3000 Queensland students have been expelled or suspended due to being caught with illegal substances.

Duterte Claims Critics ‘Trivialising’ War on Drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed critics are ‘trivialising’ his war on drugs campaign at his first annual state of the nation address.

He defended instating martial law, stating that while he valued human life, he needed to crackdown on drug dealers, referring to them as “beasts and vultures,” and claiming they were preying on helpless people.

Several thousand protesters gathered outside the venue as Duterte gave his address on Monday, however Duterte argued his detractors should join the fight against drugs.

Cheaper Costs for Proof of Age Cards Recommended

Moon dust sample expected to sell for up to $5 million and more Zedlines

A collection bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong on the first manned mission to the Moon in 1969 is expected to be auctioned for up to 5 million dollars.

The sample, collected during the Apollo 11 mission, is 30 by 20 centimetres in size and contains traces of moon dust, giving it an estimated worth of 2.52 to 5.05 million dollars.

The item was misidentified and sold at an online government auction in 2015 for $1,255.

NASA fought to recover the sample but in December, a federal judge ruled that it legally belonged to the Chicago-based woman who purchased it at the auction.

Ipswich lawyer charged with extortion

Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.


He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.


Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

Canberra is on Ngunnawal Country

Canberra is on Ngunnawal Country. The neighbouring peoples are the Gundungurra to the north, the Ngarigo to the south, the Yuin on the coast, and the Wiradjuri inland. The first European settler was Joshua John Moore who established a stock station called ‘Canberry’. It’s thought the name Canberry is based on an Indigenous name for the area ‘Kamberra’ or ‘Kambery’. The middle of Moore’s property is approximately where the city centre is today.

Oyster recycling for Moreton Bay

Moreton Bays’ Pumice Stone Passage is getting a new lease on life with the introduction of an oyster recycling station.

The program, headed by Dr Ben Diggles is designed to use clean oyster shells to restore and rebuild the shellfish reef on the passage. Diggles says that recycling oysters is a practical and productive way to protect shellfish reefs while combating the increasing numbers of jellyfish and algae in the bay.

The station is a replica of the traditional Indigenous midden practice used in the area and so will be a good fit for the eco system.

Local restaurants have already offered their used oyster shells and the program is scheduled to begin in April.


Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

Women's Association to help rural girls access sanitary pads and more Zedlines

A Queensland Country Women’s Association on the Gold Coast is sewing reusable sanitary pads for girls in remote Indigenous communities, after a report arose revealing some girls felt forced to skip school and resort to stealing sanitary items during their period. (image: flickr - Tim Gillin)

A University of Queensland Global Change Institute report discovered a number of schools throughout Australia had no access to sanitary bins, which has prompted Joanne Hubner from the Queensland CWA branch in Coomera to take action.

Ms Hubner had been sewing the washable pads for girls in Nepal before discovering Australian girls were dealing with the same problem, and now the CWA are seeking help to send their pads to remote communities in rural Australia.

China establishes first international military base and more zedlines

Chinese soldiers are on route to Djibouti to establish the country’s first overseas military base. Picture source: Daily Travel Photos

The Chinese government said the East African base is being set up to provide better humanitarian support and peacekeeping efforts in the region, but will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions.

The move comes after years of increased Chinese interest in the region, culminating in a 2015 agreement in which China pledged to invest sixty billion dollars in Africa's development and China’s first peacekeeping mission.

Brisbane bids to host future Olympic Games

Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 3

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.