Human Rights

EU cuts funds to Turkey over 'deteriorating democracy'

Many EU member states openly condemn the Turkish Government's arrests of tens of thousands of people after a failed coup last year. 

The EU states that they will cut funding to Turkey in the wake of their deteriorating situation in relation to democracy. 

Both local and international human rights groups have accused Turkey of using the coup as an excuse for silencing political opposition within the country. 

Turkey is currently denying the accusations. 


QLD government looks for ways to remove dying Ibis colony.

InternationalTransgender day mourns those lost to violence

The day is a culmination of Transgender Awareness week, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender people and address the issues trans people face.

Today is the international Transgender day of remembrance, dedicated to honouring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti transgender violence. 

The day was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.  

A 2014 report on hate crime from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows that, of the victims murdered, 80% were people of color, 55% were transgender women, and 50% were transgender women of color. 

130 Children Die Daily from Saudi-backed Blockade

Seven million people are on the brink of famine and nearly 900,000 have been infected with cholera since the Saudi-backed coalition closed all air, land and sea ports.

Reports from an  international aid group say approximately 130 children die each day in Yemen, due to the ongoing Saudi-led coalition.

According to the Save-the-Children report, more than 50,000 children have died from extreme hunger and disease as a result of the coalition closing all ports to stop the flow of arms from Iran last November.

The UN is also calling for the blockade to be lifted, and said it could lead to the largest famine the world has seen in decades.


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.

Australia says YES to same-sex marriage

61.6 % per cent of participants in the same-sex marriage postal vote have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry (image:wiki).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the results at 9am local time with the final count being 7.8 million supporting the move and 4.9 million against the move.

Statistician David Kalisch says it shows how important this issue is to many Australians.

18 and 19 year old voters had the strongest participation with around 78 per cent participation in the postal survey.

Brisbane brain researcher awarded Strömgren Medal

No Jab, No Play crackdown

Victorian children will no longer be able to use an exemption letter from doctors, excusing them of immunisation as the Government puts into place it's No jab, No Play laws (Image:Max Pixel).

This means only statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted and it must show evidence of the child’s medical history which prevents them from receiving immunisation.

Victorian Minister For Families and Children Jenny Mikakos says this change is in response to a few dodgy doctors who have been providing people with letters of exemptions and putting the community’s health at risk.

Queenslanders speak out in support of smoke-free places

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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.


Snap protest held at the Department of Immigration and more Zedlines

People gathered at the Department of Immigration today calling on the government to act on the men stranded on Manus Island. Image credit: Grace Pashley

A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.

This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.

A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.

For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.

Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast

Meningococcal quad vaccine set to roll out in December

A meningococcal quad vaccine is set to replace the current C strain vaccine in the NT by December. Photo Source: Flickr.

The quad vaccine will inoculate against strains A, C, Y and W of the disease.

The change came after a young boy died from meningococcal strain B, but the quad vaccine doesn’t inoculate against that strain and may not until 2019.

The quad vaccine will roll out in other states and territories by mid-2018.

Murwillumbah group aims to make fresh fruit accessible

A Murwillumbah group is aiming to make fresh fruit more accessible by planting a trail of fruit trees throughout parks in the town.