Women's Issues

Australians feel Turnbull is not doing enough for kids in prison

The majority of Australians feel the Turnbull Government isn’t doing enough to protect children from abuse in the prison system, an Amnesty International poll has found. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

The poll was commissioned ahead of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT, showing only one out of three felt the Federal Government is doing enough.

77 per cent of respondents said independent inspectors should have full access to monitor and report abuse in children’s prisons.

The Turnbull Government claimed youth crime and justice is a state issue, not federal.


Queensland dairy farmers potential pay rise

Wedding and tourism businesses set to invest from same-sex marriage legalisation

Australia’s wedding and tourism industry are set to benefit once the same-sex marriage bill has passed, with the boom potentially profiting Queensland’s economy. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the move will impact a large number of businesses in both industries, from wedding planners to food and beverage services.

Wedding campaigns are being redesigned and rolled out between now and mid-next year, in a bid to encourage gay couples to choose a region for their venue.

Protestors calling for Canstruct to reject Nauru contract

Mums 4 Refugees and the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) is protesting outside Canstruct, in Yeerongpilly this morning.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia’s detention centres more than a week ago.


24-hour Manus Vigil Begins tonight... and more Zedlines

A 24 hour vigil and protest for refugees on Manus Island will begin outside of Peter Dutton’s electorate office in Strathpine tonight. (Image: Getup)

Protesters will remain camped in front of the Gympie Road site from 6pm today, until 6pm tomorrow.

Refugee Action Collective, organisers of the vigil, say it is time the minister and the government face up to their responsibilities as a part of the United Nations and its refugee conventions.

Want to get there? Peter Dutton's office is 350 meters from Strathpine train station, or a 40 minute drive from the CBD.

Severe storm hits Bundaberg

The worst non-cyclonic storm in a decade has hit Bundaberg and left the region without power overnight.

Criminals selling fake dogs before Christmas and more Zedlines

Queensland Police are warning that scammers are using reputable trading websites, social media, and local newspapers to sell fake dogs in the lead up to Christmas.

The culprits are claiming they have recently moved interstate or overseas and are forcing buyers to pay for transport and medical expenses before the dogs can be delivered.

Police are urging Queenslanders not to trust an ad just because it appears in a legitimate newspaper or website, saying that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

LNP electricity policy raises concerns about solar power

Uber and Taxi prices could increase if WA passes proposed reform and more zedlines...

Taxi and Uber prices will increase in Western Australia if the proposed industry reforms pass through parliament. Image from Núcleo Editorial

The reforms include a ten per cent levy on total fare revenue, which will raise $120 million over four years for a buy-back taxi plate scheme.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti told APP the industry reform is necessary to reduce costs on operators, but customer fees would only increase if the companies decide to ‘pass on the costs.’

Groups rally to oppose Sunshine Coast development

Opponents of the proposed Sekisui House resort and residential development at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast have combined to ramp up community awareness of the project.

Behrouz Boochani wins Amnesty International award and more Zedlines...

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian Kurdish journalist and refugee, who has been detained for more than 4 years on Manus Island, has been honoured at the Amnesty International Australia media awards. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Mr Boochani has won the award in the print, online and multimedia category for publishing a vivid and remarkable diary on the closure of the Manus camp and for his work last year.

Boochani has been persisting tirelessly in his reportage from the Australian-run detention centre, believing that it is his job to bear witness to the injustices, the violence and the privation of offshore detention.

Farmers angry over Labor wanting to reintroduce land-clearing legislation

Thousands of regional apprentices are dropping out... and more Zedlines

Almost 2000 apprentices in regional Queensland have quit their training, as shown by figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. (Image: Pexels)

Currently, the dropout rate for Brisbane and inner-regional areas like Toowoomba are at 5%, but that figure doubles to 10% as we move further away from the capital.

According to regional economic expert Mark McGovern, young people do not feel confident in their trades because of the lack of infrastructure projects, and a general depression in the rural economy.

Cyclist killed in head on collision

A cyclist has died outside an Indooroopilly school after a head on collision with a car this morning.

Poverty the real cost of fashion in Australia: Oxfam report and more Zedlines...

As little as two per cent of the price of a piece of clothing sold in Australia makes it to the pockets of workers who are being paid poverty wages by the booming fashion industry, according to a new Oxfam report released today.

The report, What She Makes, shows that while many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying increases in revenue, the workers making our clothes – the vast majority of whom are women - are trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Oxfam’s report argues that it is possible for big brands to pay living wages – wages earned in a standard week that cover essential needs including food, housing, healthcare, clothing, transport, education, and some money for unexpected events.

Gympie Woman’s Podcast Gives Sexual Abuse Survivors A Voice and more Zedlines...

Gympie woman, Abbey Wake, is set to launch the first installment of a series of podcasts she has created, called Awaken the Voice. (Image Source: Flickr)

The podcast series is designed to help survivors of sexual abuse find a voice and gain confidence, serving as a platform for them to share stories anonymously.

Ms Wake said she hopes the podcasts will bring some amount of healing and closure to participants and listeners.

Awaken the Voice will be launched on the 4th of November, shedding light on issues such as motherhood, self harm and ways of coping with children who’ve been sexually abused.

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