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Blogger sentenced to jail in Singapore and more Zedlines

Blogger Amos Yee has been sentenced to 6 weeks in jail for wounding religious feelings. Image source: Wikipedia

Blogger sentenced to jail in Singapore

A 17 year old blogger from Singapore has been sentenced to 6 weeks in jail after he pleaded guilty to wounding religious feelings.

Amos Yee was arrested in March of 2015 for a video on YouTube which criticised Christianity and Singapore’s first Prime Minister after his death.

Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, Phil Davison, said by prosecuting Mr Yee for his actions Singapore has doubled down on a strategy that violates freedom of expression. 

 

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop slams Wyatt Roy's Iraq travels and more Zedlines

Former assistant minister, Wyatt Roy was caught in conflict between IS and Kurdish Peshmerga on Thursday. Image source: Flickr.com

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop slams Wyatt Roy's Iraq travels 

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned former assistant minister for innovation, Wyatt Roy’s decision to travel to Iraq.

This comes after information detailing Mr Roy had been caught in a clash between Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State forces on Thursday.

Mr Roy spoke to the ABC, stating he was not expecting to be in the crossfire as he traveled north to Kurdistan.

Employment rates for graduates declining and more Zedlines

A new study has revealed that Australian graduates are finding it harder to gain full time employment after completing their studies. Image credit: Flickr

Tough luck for Graduates 

A new study has found job prospects for university graduates are declining.

The study conducted by the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University revealed full time employment rates between 2008 and 2014 dropped from 89% to 67%.

Adjunct Professor Tom Karmel says as more students graduate, they will struggle to find full time employment, as the labour market has not yet adjusted.

 

Chief auditor sacked over fraud occured on watch

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply and more Zedlines

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Fluoridation will continue in 24 of the state's 77 councils as an increasing number of councils have acted on the decision by the LNP government to make fluoride optional after Labor made it compulsory in 2007.

Health Minister Cameron Dick says the current Labor Government would not revisit the issue.

 

 

Findings reveal job taking toll on midwives

Many South Australians still suffering from blackout and more Zedlines

Approximately 70,000 South Australians are still suffering from a loss of power following what the Bureau of Meteorology has labelled a once-in-a-50-year storm. image source: wikimedia

Many South Australians still suffering from blackout

Approximately 70,000 South Australians are still suffering from a loss of power following what the Bureau of Meteorology has labelled a once-in-a-50-year storm.

The storm’s gale force winds destroyed 22 transmissions towers which in turn tripped the inter connector linking South Australia to Victoria, which led to a statewide blackout.

Live cattle boats in anchor limbo and more zedlines

While Indonesian live cattle importers negotiate terms with their government, at least six Australian export ships remain in limbo, anchored outside northern Australian ports. Source: (commons.wikimedia)

Live cattle boats in anchor limbo

While Indonesian live cattle importers negotiate terms with their government, at least six Australian export ships remain in limbo, anchored outside northern Australian ports.

The negotiations come as Indonesia has changed their requirements for importers, allowing importers to conduct their business provided they commit to the nation’s cattle breeding program.

Baroque Festival under fire and more Zedlines

The Queensland government continues to evade questions surrounding controversy at the Brisbane Baroque festival. The festival has been partially funded by taxpayer money and has been accused of neglecting the wages of up to 40 performers, suppliers and organisations. (Image Source: Choosebrisbane)

Baroque Festival under fire

The Queensland government continues to evade questions surrounding controversy at the Brisbane Baroque festival.

The festival has been partially funded by taxpayer money and has been accused of neglecting the wages of up to 40 performers, suppliers and organisations.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls says it’s time the government fully discloses the details of the Baroque situation and whether or not the event will continue in 2017.

Segregation in prisons to be less tight

We Have Rainbow Families 2

In September 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced a bill into parliament to enable a plebiscite on marriage equality in February 2017. Plebiscites do not have any legal force in Australia. The Marriage Act 1961 was arbitrarily amended by John Howard’s Government in 2004. In March 2016 a federal government investigation, some say a rushed investigation into the Safe Schools Education Program led to federal funding being made contingent on changes to the Program. Many community members believed these changes to be unworkable, so some state governments have bridged the funding shortfall.

Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fix backpacker gap and more Zedlines

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Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fill backpacker gap

Federal Labor MP Brian Mitchell is requesting for unemployed Australians to fill the backpacker gap by working on Tasmanian farms.

This comes after the confusion over the Government’s planned backpacker tax.

Family and Child Commission requested to investigate foster carer approvals and more Zedlines

Following the murder of Tiahleigh Palmer, the government has put forward a request to the Family and Child Commission to include assessment into foster carer approval processes. Image source: Flickr.com

Family and Child Commission asked to investigate foster carer approvals 

The Family and Child Commission has been asked to include assessment and approval processes for foster carers.

Opposition child safety spokeswoman, Ros Bates spoke to the ABC, saying an independent inquiry not linked to the government is needed.  

Acting Queensland Premier, Curtis Pitt says suggestions from the Carmody Inquiry into child safety will be implemented over the next ten years.

Ms Bates says immediate action to improve issues is needed.

 

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