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Pro-abortion rally underway in Brisbane and more Zedlines

A rally is currently taking place outside of Parliament House in Brisbane to decriminalise abortion in Queensland (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The rally has speakers from the Labor, Greens and Independent parties, as well as various community and lobby groups.

The rally is continuing the campaign to decriminalise abortion after the Women’s Right To Choose bill was rejected in October.
 

Majority of recession victims are Queenslanders

A recent report by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed a mass two thirds of the national population living in recession are from Queensland.

Australian education results slide further down international ranks and more Zedlines...

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

Australian education results slides further down international ranks

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Australian students dropping from 12th to 17th in both Year 8 maths and science and plummeting ten spots from 18th in Year 4 maths.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing and more Zedlines

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing

Shannon Fentiman has announced a new mandatory drug test plan for parents of at risk children.

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

The system is a mutual agreement between parents and the Child Safety Department, where parents engage in safety planning.

NT child abuse rate increases and more Zedlines

The Northern Territory children’s commissioner, Colleen Gwynne, has released her annual report, finding that rates of child abuse have skyrocketed in the region. (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The report shows the number of notifications of potential harm to children has more than doubled in the past five years, with a 20 per cent spike in reports last year alone, and found Indigenous children are extremely over-represented in the statistics.                                            

Ms Gwynne says there needs to be pre-court, pre-offending strategies in place in order to prevent kids from entering into child protection and the youth justice system in the first place.

 

Research into allergy vaccine

Record low sea ice in Arctic and more zedlines

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected. The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Record low sea ice in Arctic

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected.

The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 

 

Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.

Concerns mount over fake-news’ impact on democracy and more zedlines

Concerns are growing about the effect fake news has on the democratic process after Hillary Clinton’s shock election loss. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Concerns mount over fake-news’ impact on democracy

Concerns are growing about the effect fake news has on the democratic process after Hillary Clinton’s shock election loss.

Social media is at the centre of the controversy by enabling the hoax news to be spread around the world at a rapid pace but it’s not the only offender, with Google also being caught in the crossfire.

Google and Facebook have responded to the controversy by announcing they will ban fake news sites from using their advertising services.

Police excavate the Royal National Park in the search for Matthew Leveson's body, and more Zedlines...

An excavator and the dog squad joined police forces searching for the bush grave of Matthew Leveson in New South Wales. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Excavator being used to search for the body of Matthew Leveson

Police brought in an excavator to dig in a remote section of the Royal National Park in New South Wales, where the search for the body of Matthew Leveson continued.

Leveson’s former partner, Michael Atkins lead police to a possible burial site in the early hours of Thursday morning. The pair were last seen together leaving a Sydney nightclub in September 2007.

10-year-old Aussie girl NASA bound and more zedlines

A 10-year-old girl from Melbourne is preparing for a trip to NASA after inventing a new adhesive bandage dispenser whilst recovering from leukaemia. Bridgette Veneris trip comes after her invention won her the littleBIGidea competition. (source: littleBIGidea competition website

A 10-year-old girl from Melbourne is preparing for a trip to NASA after inventing a new adhesive bandage dispenser whilst recovering from leukaemia.

Bridgette Veneris trip comes after her invention won the littleBIGidea competition.

The young inventor says she came up with the idea for the invention after seeing her nurses and parents struggle with unwrapping bandages.

Rude bumper stickers could soon be illegal

Safe recreational drug use at festivals

by Eliot Rifkin

Rapid feedback testing of illegal drugs at festivals is being considered in Queensland for health harm reduction.

● Can you feel secure having your drugs tested without the police busting you after?
● How does this program work in other parts of the world like the Netherlands?
● What is the most important thing in guarding your health and safety when taking drugs at a festival?

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