Plea for government to fund dialysis models that could have saved Dr G Yunupingu’s life and more Zedlines...

Kidney Specialist Dr Paul Lawton says the premature death of world famous Indigenous Musician Dr G Yunupingu could have been prevented if the correct funding models for kidney dialysis services were in place.

Dr Lawton is calling for swift government action to implement dialysis services in remote communities.

Reports from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation have shown that in remote areas of Australia, the incidence of Kidney Disease is around 18 to 20 times higher for Indigenous persons, in comparison to the non-indigenous population.

Brisbane priest calls for marriage equality and more Zedlines...

One of Brisbane’s leading priests says it’s time for Australia’s government to hold a free vote on marriage equality.

St John’s Anglican Cathedral Dean Dr Peter Catt will attend Brisbane’s marriage equality rally on Saturday as one of many speakers to call for Australia’s politicians to legislate in favour of equal rights.

Catt says marriage has become more and more of a celebration and a commitment of the love between two people, and society is more than ready to embrace equal marriage rights.

Despite encountering opposition from conservatives within his own church, Catt says it makes no sense to withhold marriage rights from same-sex couples.


Putin expels 755 diplomatic staff and more Zedlines...

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to expel 755 American diplomats in retaliation to last week’s vote in Congress to develop sanctions.

Putin has demanded the Unites States cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and declared he would confiscate two US diplomatic properties after the US House of Representatives and the Senate passed new sanctions on Russia.

The sanctions were partially a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, and to continue to punish Russia for its 2014 seizure of Crimea.

The 755 US diplomatic and technical staff must leave Russia by September 1.


Petition calls for Royal Commission into abuse of disabled people and more Zedlines

Jules Anderson, a disabled woman suffering from cerebral palsy, has created a petition on Change.org, calling on the Australian government to conduct a Royal Commission into the abuse of disabled people.

Ms Anderson alleges she was raped and sexually assaulted by her care worker and says fellow residents at her share accommodation house in Yooralla were as well, and many other people with disabilities have been sexually assaulted by staff in care homes.

Ms Anderson said previous complaints were made by other staff about her care worker, including reports of misconduct at other houses, but Yooralla management “did nothing” to protect her and other victims.

You can help by signing the petition at www.change.org.

0.0048% per cent of People Scanned with ID Scanners on Ban Orders and more Zedlines...

Almost half a million IDs that have been scanned at licensed venues in Queensland’s safe night precincts, since the Palaszczuk government introduced mandatory ID Scanning laws earlier this month. (Image Source: Pexels)

Out of the IDs scanner, only 0.0048% of IDs or one in every twenty thousand have raised red flags for security and safety.

Queensland's Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath says  these figures give the government a real picture of how many people are going out which will help safe night boards and police with their initiatives in the future.  


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Calls for reforms to Disability Service Provider and more Zedlines

National disability service provider Lifestyle Solutions has been under scrutiny recently, with New South Wales’ Ombudsman’s office monitoring the company following concerns of mismanagement and abuse claims. (Image: Pixabay/klimkin)

Lifestyle Solutions were subject to an investigation earlier this year following a series of patient deaths. The investigation undertaken in March by the Victorian Government and the NSW Ombudsman resulted in calls for sweeping reforms directed at the organisation.

Deputy NSW Ombudsman Steve Kimmond has stated that monitoring will continue in the near future, in addition to the appointment of an external consultant to review the imposed reforms.

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Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Research shows the bond between humans and animals is beneficial to both species, and there is no better way to celebrate that love than by bringing your furry friend to work. (Image Source: Pexel)

Friday the 23rd of June marks international take your dog to work day where businesses are encouraged to open their doors to all furry friends, great and small.

Clinical psychologist Dr Samantha Clarke studies the benefits of owning a dog, finding dog owners generally report a lower rate of depression and deal with grief better than non-dog owners.


Brisbane City Council removes hedges used as storage by homeless

Refugee week food ration challenge and more Zedlines...

More than 10, 000 people across Australia are completing the ‘act for peace ration challenge’ this week, where they survive on the same food provided to Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan.

The initiative is a part of world refugee week, aiming to raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster. 
Participants are given a small amount of rice, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. 
So far, the Challenge has raised over 2 Million dollars - enough to feed over 8, 000 refugees for an entire year. 


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Girls breaking stereotypes and gender norms and more Zedlines...

An unlikely music trio has emerged from conservative West Java in the form of three young Muslim schoolgirls who have formed their own thrash metal band known as VoB.- which means ‘noisy’ in their native Sudanese.

Their frontwoman Firddia Kurnia said the group takes inspiration from classics such as Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine and Lamb of God.

The group have since won fame throughout the country and skipped school to travel four hours to the capital to play live on national television.

It was their music teacher turned manager, Erza Satia, who introduced the girls to metal and hopes to continue guiding them to success.


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Scottish church allows gay marriage

Same sex couples will now be allowed to marry in selected churches across Scotland, after religious authorities voted to alter texts stating marriage as between a man and a woman, the first such move for a major Christian church in Britain.

Over two-thirds of the general synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, including bishops, clergy and laity, voted in favour of the change, opening the way for same sex couples to marry in Anglican Churches across Scotland.

David Chillingworth, head of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said though the decision is a monumental step, it is not unanimous, and no member of the clergy would be made to preside over same-sex weddings against their will.

Same sex marriage has been legal in Britain since 2014 but churches have not since permitted same sex weddings.