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Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

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.    

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions and more Zedlines

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981, however, hundreds remain listed in official government records as having a criminal history.

Prominent members of the state’s LGBTI community have welcomed the prospect of the apology, saying it is a significant step forwards in the acceptance of homosexual people.

Suspicious fire at Geelong mosque - and more Zedlines

Geelong's only mosque burned down in a suspicious fire (source: pexels)

 

No Struggle Street for Brisbane

Brisbane City Council has refused permits for controversial SBS documentary Struggle Street to film its second series in Inala, after the first series was accused of exploiting residents.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the production of the film could damage the reputation of the suburb and its people.

Councillor Jonathan Sri said while the first series was not perfect, to completely deny the film-makers permission to film on public land is a poor way of handling the issue.

 

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal - and more Zedlines

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal, Struggle Street denied permit to film in Brisbane, Bombings in Baghdad leave dozens dead and more Zedlines

UN Ruling on Australia’s Asylum seeker policy

The UN has ruled that Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees on secret security grounds is arbitrary and illegal. 

The Australian government has been told by the UN human rights commision that they should offer compensation to five people who were illegally incarcerated between 2009 and 2015.

The five people were recognised as refugees, but were not granted visas as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation deemed them a security risk.

Sunshine Coast teen establishes LGBTI school support group - and more Zedlines

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 panic still applicable in Queensland, and more Zedlines.

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.

Australian gender pay association warns against new study and more Zedlines

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce. Image: wikicommons

Australian gender pay association warns against new study

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce.

The study claims women seek out less competitive jobs and suggests their attempts at negotiating tend to be less successful than males’ attempts.

Libby Lyons, Director of Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency has cautioned the study, saying she is not aware of any similar evidence in Australia.

South African gold miners to sue mining companies and more Zedlines

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.

NSW scientists develop groundbreaking microscope and more Zedlines

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.

Queensland Government offers $20 million dementia care boost and more Zedlines

Community groups providing care to Queensland dementia suffers will receive a $20 million funding boost from the State Government. (Source: Flickr)

Queensland Government offers $20 million dementia care boost
Community groups providing care to Queensland dementia suffers will receive a $20 million funding boost from the State Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would provide relief for carers looking after those living with with dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Seven organisations providing services from Toowoomba to Mareeba will receive the funding over three years.

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