Federal Politics

Guide Dog Brogan Records 300th Flight

An Australian guide dog, Brogan, is believed to be Australia’s most-travelled guide dog, and on Monday he recorded his 300th flight. (Photo Source: New Daily)

Cancer Council Offers Free Wigs to Cancer Patients
The cancer council is offering free wigs and turbans to Brisbane women and girls undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer council CEO Chris McMillian says that offering this service is a way of showing support for the distressing side-effect of cancer treatment.

The wig and turban service is a part of the practical support services offered by the cancer council, which also offers counselling and accommodation assistance.

Australia’s Healthcare Ranked Among Best in World and more Zedlines

Australia’s healthcare system has been ranked among the best in the world by a team of American researchers, who ranked their own system as the worst.

Eleven different national health care models were studied, which were compared on their care processes, access, administrative efficiency, equity and health outcomes.

The study concluded that the United Kingdom had the best healthcare, followed by Australia having the second best.

 

Bus Driver Strike

Thousands of commuters have been affected as 200 bus drivers walked off the job in Virginia, Sherwood and Willawong from 4.30 to 6.30am.

Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.

 

He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.

 

Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

Canberra is on Ngunnawal Country

Canberra is on Ngunnawal Country. The neighbouring peoples are the Gundungurra to the north, the Ngarigo to the south, the Yuin on the coast, and the Wiradjuri inland. The first European settler was Joshua John Moore who established a stock station called ‘Canberry’. It’s thought the name Canberry is based on an Indigenous name for the area ‘Kamberra’ or ‘Kambery’. The middle of Moore’s property is approximately where the city centre is today.

Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

At The Coal Face: Hazelwood, Acland, Kingaroy and Adani

‘The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be
coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blackened the entire town’

— The Coal Face by Tom Doig

‘Coal is good for humanity’

— Tony Abbott and Malcolm Roberts
(neither know what they’re talking about)

‘By the time it’s at the stage where it’s quite dramatic, the company’s gone, the mine's gone and the groundwater systems are destroyed’

Women's Association to help rural girls access sanitary pads and more Zedlines

A Queensland Country Women’s Association on the Gold Coast is sewing reusable sanitary pads for girls in remote Indigenous communities, after a report arose revealing some girls felt forced to skip school and resort to stealing sanitary items during their period. (image: flickr - Tim Gillin)

A University of Queensland Global Change Institute report discovered a number of schools throughout Australia had no access to sanitary bins, which has prompted Joanne Hubner from the Queensland CWA branch in Coomera to take action.

Ms Hubner had been sewing the washable pads for girls in Nepal before discovering Australian girls were dealing with the same problem, and now the CWA are seeking help to send their pads to remote communities in rural Australia.

Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 3

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.

Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 2

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.

Why has Australia boycotted the treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons? Part 1

The UN have recently created and passed a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a landmark treaty for the world however, Australia boycotted the negotiations and has refused to get involved. This is a particularly surprising move as Australia has previously been at the forefront of establishing and participating in treaties to prevent weapons that create grevious harm.

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