Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines
Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland
The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.
Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts.
The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.
Sunshine Coast teen establishes LGBTI school support group, family of child recovery expert protest outside Channel 9 studios, Chinese official visits Hong Kong amidst growing calls for independence, and more Zedlines.
Sunshine Coast teen establishes LGBTI support group at school
A Sunshine Coast teenager has established an LGBT support group at their Noosa high school.
The year 9 student started the ‘Supporters of Queer Adolescents’ group with another pupil in the hopes of creating a safe space to discuss issues and bring about a sense of community for LGBT high school students.
The founder, Samual Bouzanquet, says the group is open for anyone who supports the LGBT community and not just for those who have identified their sexuality.
Gay rights campaigners are using today, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) to increase awareness on their campaign against the “gay panic” defence law still applicable in Queensland and in South Australia (image source: wikimedia)
New study raises concerns for coal shipping in Great Barrier Reef
A new study led by James Cook University out of Townsville, shows coal dust to have deadly effects on corals, seagrass and fish, and raises concerns over the risk of coal shipping to the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists agree the probability of a major spill on a coral reef is low but hopes the research will allow decision makers to understand the threat coal shipping poses to marine life.
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work. (Source: Pixabay)
South African gold miners to sue mining companies
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work.
The decision opens the way for the current and former miners to sue about 30 companies for damages, after suffering silicosis and tuberculosis from dangerous underground working conditions dating back decades.
Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a groundbreaking Scanning Helium Microscope, which could be a game-changer for new discoveries. (Source: Pixabay)
NSW scientists develop groundbreaking microscope
Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a groundbreaking Scanning Helium Microscope, which could be a game-changer for new discoveries.
Rather than light, the microscope uses helium as a source to examine samples in their true state.
University of Newcastle researcher Professor Paul Dastoor says the microscope will allow researchers to examine many surfaces for the first time ever, which could lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the future.