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Former UK prime minister calls for compensation for forced child migrants and more zedlines

Former UK Prime minister Gordon Brown has called for compensation for victims of mass forced transportation of children from Britain to countries like Australia and Canada between 1940 and 1970, saying that the scale of abuse suffered is now clearer. Image source: Flickr.

Brown spoke at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse in London and described the forced transportation of over 130,000 children from the UK over more than three decades ago as “government enforced trafficking”.

Serving as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, he issued a national apology to victims in 2010, but said he was not aware of the scale of the abuse at the time, now saying that the apology is only half the story, and that the consequences of the other half needs to be dealt with.

New research indicates humans reached Australia at least 65 thousand years ago and more zedlines...

A new excavation of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicates humans reached Australia at least sixty five thousand years ago, which is nearly eighteen thousands years earlier than experts had believed. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

The discovery was made after archeologists conducted sophisticated dating of sediments and confirms the historical and cultural importance of the archaeological site.

Chris Clarkson from the University of Queensland says the new date would have a big impact on our understanding of when humans left Africa and moved through what is now called South-East Asia.  

 

Pig's head left outside Islamic Primary School 

Brisbane Students Come Together to Sing for Change and More Zedlines....

Students across Brisbane will be uniting their voices for the “You’re the Voice” choral project at Sunnybank’s Queensland Music Festival to help raise awareness for domestic and family violence. (Image Source: Pixabay)

QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan says over one hundred students from MacGregor State School, Beenleigh State High School and St Thomas More College will be singing at next week’s event.

Queensland Music Festival is set to come to Sunnybank this coming Tuesday and continue bringing music across Queensland until the end of July.

 

Water Supply for North West Queensland

Over ninety-two thousand megalitres of water will be made available in the Flinders and Gilbert River catchments by late August.

Report reveals 500 choir boys abused over 60 years and more Zedlines

A new report was released in Germany yesterday accusing 49 members of the Catholic Church of physically and sexually abusing more than 500 children over a 60-year period beginning in 1945. (Image: Wikimedia/Michael Vogl)

The victims, all from Bavarian boarding school and all-boys cathedral choir Regensburger Domspatzen, likened their experiences to that of prison, hell and even a concentration camp.

Lawyer Ulrich Weber who investigated and wrote the report, stated that he was unable to contact additional former students and believes the number of victims is more realistically up to 700.

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Cassowary Lady Turns Life Around and more Zedlines

A woman from Mission Beach dubbed, “the Cassowary lady” has rebuilt her life after being forced to leave her home due to wild dogs.

Ingrid Marker lived alongside a family of seven cassowaries for two decades in her far-north Queensland home, but the birds were distressed by the arrival of the dogs a few years ago and eventually left the area.

Marker was then herself harassed by the dogs, forcing her to also leave due to trauma.

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.

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.

Oyster recycling for Moreton Bay

Moreton Bays’ Pumice Stone Passage is getting a new lease on life with the introduction of an oyster recycling station.

The program, headed by Dr Ben Diggles is designed to use clean oyster shells to restore and rebuild the shellfish reef on the passage. Diggles says that recycling oysters is a practical and productive way to protect shellfish reefs while combating the increasing numbers of jellyfish and algae in the bay.

The station is a replica of the traditional Indigenous midden practice used in the area and so will be a good fit for the eco system.

Local restaurants have already offered their used oyster shells and the program is scheduled to begin in April.

 

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.

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