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Former UK prime minister calls for compensation for forced child migrants and more zedlines

Former UK Prime minister Gordon Brown has called for compensation for victims of mass forced transportation of children from Britain to countries like Australia and Canada between 1940 and 1970, saying that the scale of abuse suffered is now clearer. Image source: Flickr.

Brown spoke at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse in London and described the forced transportation of over 130,000 children from the UK over more than three decades ago as “government enforced trafficking”.

Serving as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, he issued a national apology to victims in 2010, but said he was not aware of the scale of the abuse at the time, now saying that the apology is only half the story, and that the consequences of the other half needs to be dealt with.

Cassowary Lady Turns Life Around and more Zedlines

A woman from Mission Beach dubbed, “the Cassowary lady” has rebuilt her life after being forced to leave her home due to wild dogs.

Ingrid Marker lived alongside a family of seven cassowaries for two decades in her far-north Queensland home, but the birds were distressed by the arrival of the dogs a few years ago and eventually left the area.

Marker was then herself harassed by the dogs, forcing her to also leave due to trauma.

Guide Dog Brogan Records 300th Flight

An Australian guide dog, Brogan, is believed to be Australia’s most-travelled guide dog, and on Monday he recorded his 300th flight. (Photo Source: New Daily)

Cancer Council Offers Free Wigs to Cancer Patients
The cancer council is offering free wigs and turbans to Brisbane women and girls undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer council CEO Chris McMillian says that offering this service is a way of showing support for the distressing side-effect of cancer treatment.

The wig and turban service is a part of the practical support services offered by the cancer council, which also offers counselling and accommodation assistance.

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.

70% of Mosul IDPs to return home

The Iraqi minister for immigration predicts that at least 70% of internally displaced persons from Mosul will be returning home by the end of this year.

Immigration minister Darbaz Mohammed says more than a quarter of the IDPs have already returned home, and is hopeful that there will be no more camps housing refugees by the end of the year. 

Mosul was declared liberated from ISIS this month, but Mohammed says they will consider it a victory when large numbers of refugees return home. 

Public Housing to cost $34 million

Over the past five years close to $34 million has been spent repairing Queensland public housing due to vandalism, damage and uncleanliness.

Get on your bike Sydney! And more Zedlines...

Sydney has finally followed in the footsteps of other capital city counterparts and organised the first bike share system with a total of 160 red bikes cropping up across town ready for public use.

The rideshare system was purchased by local mortgage broker Donald Tang, after he sought out a more convenient way to travel to meetings in the city with patrons being able to access an app to both unlock and lock the bike wherever they wish to ride it and pay for it.

Similar ride-sharing operations are available in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Beijing but University of Technology transport researcher Michelle Zeibots said the scheme has had less success in Australia partly due to our strict helmet regulations.

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

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.

XXXX Closure Rumours Swirl and more Zedlines

United Voice Union claims the XXXX Brewery in Milton is shutting down, but management of the brewery say they are actually looking to hire new staff.

The union is currently in discussion with XXXX over new pay agreements and hire of casual workers, causing rumours and doubts about the future of the brewery.

United Voice coordinator Damien Davie claimed workers received threats the plant would close if negotiations to replace full-time positions with part-time and casual positions were unsuccessful.

 

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