Human Rights

Deaf Woman Loses Bid to Become Juror and more Zedlines

A deaf woman from Queensland has lost in the High Court, battling for her right to sit on a jury. The woman, Gaye Lyons, was excluded from a jury in Ipswich four years ago and claims she was discriminated against. (Image: Wikimedia)

BREAKING: Deaf Woman Loses Bid to Become Juror

A deaf woman from Queensland has lost in the High Court, battling for her right to sit on a jury.

The woman, Gaye Lyons, was excluded from a jury in Ipswich four years ago and claims she was discriminated against.

The High Court today found that under Queensland law, an Auslan interpreter was not permitted to assist while the jury were together, thus Ms Lyons would be incapable of performing the role of a juror.

Aboriginal ranger restoring gravesites

Canada to Introduce National Carbon Tax and more Zedlines

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that his government will introduce a national carbon tax scheme by 2018. Under the new laws, provinces and territories would have to choose between adopting a federal carbon price or implementing a comparable cap-and-trade system. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Canada to Introduce National Carbon Tax

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that his government will introduce a national carbon tax scheme by 2018.

Under the new laws, provinces and territories would have to choose between adopting a federal carbon price or implementing a comparable cap-and-trade system.

Mr Trudeau says the measures are necessary to meet Canada’s commitments made at the Paris Climate Summit last year.
3 year old found at bottom of slide passes away

One in two Australians hiding their sexual identity at work and more Zedlines

The figures are a significant improvement on data collected six years ago, which estimated that the vast majority would hide their identity.

Indigenous children nine times more likely to be under protective care orders

The Queensland Department of Child Safety’s annual report has found that indigenous children are nine times more likely to be under a protective care order than non-indigenous children.

For indigenous kids, the rate that are under protective orders, has jumped from forty per thousand to forty-five per thousand.

Infrastructure Victoria calls for CBD levy to reduce congestion and more Zedlines

In a detailed 30-year plan, Infrastructure Victoria is calling for a $5 congestion tax on motorists entering Melbourne CBD, as well as new tolls on existing freeways.

Brisbane lashed by severe thunderstorm

A severe thunderstorm and strong winds tore the roof off a home in Brisbane’s south, damaged a building in Kelvin Grove and left 10,000 properties around the city without power last night.

The storm was first detected at 5:30pm last night and a severe thunderstorm warning was then issued for 90 minutes.

In that time, Brisbane city recorded 15 millimetres of rain and winds of up to 75 kilometres per hour.

Services begin on the Moreton Bay Rail Link

We Have Rainbow Families 3

In September 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced a bill into
parliament to enable a marriage-equality plebiscite in February 2017. Plebiscites do not have any legal force in Australia. The 1961 Marriage Act was arbitrarily amended by John Howard’s Government in 2004. To better appreciate how allies can support LGBTIQ+ people, here is the third in Brisbane Line's Rainbow Families interview series. 4zzz speaks with Robyn, who understands these issues intimately. One of her children is transgender. For safety reasons surnames have not been used and names have been changed.

Work for the Dole leading to less full-time jobs and more Zedlines

New figures show just over 90 per cent of Work for the Dole participants will not find full-time work after their first three months on the scheme. (Image Source: Flickr - Flazingo Photos)

Work for the dole participants struggle to secure permanent employment

New figures show just over 90 per cent of Work for the Dole participants will not find full-time work after their first three months on the scheme.

Employment Department figures show that just over 10 per cent of job seekers will find full employment, down from just over 16 per cent from the July 1 2015 and March 31 2016 period.

Despite these figures, Employment Department Secretary Renee Leon, says work for the dole has had very positive outcomes.

 

Doctors request the government to end Medicare freeze and more Zedlines

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have asked the government to end the freeze on Medicare. Image source: commons.wikimedia

Doctors request government to end government freeze

A request has been submitted by doctors to the government to partially lift the Medicare freeze, alleging bulk-billing rates have fallen since July.

The bulk-billing rates are said to have fallen 10% as a result of the freeze, with doctors asking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to form a compromise.

The doctors hope the government will lift the freeze for GP consultations, claiming it will cost the budget around $150 million per year.

 

Blogger sentenced to jail in Singapore and more Zedlines

Blogger Amos Yee has been sentenced to 6 weeks in jail for wounding religious feelings. Image source: Wikipedia

Blogger sentenced to jail in Singapore

A 17 year old blogger from Singapore has been sentenced to 6 weeks in jail after he pleaded guilty to wounding religious feelings.

Amos Yee was arrested in March of 2015 for a video on YouTube which criticised Christianity and Singapore’s first Prime Minister after his death.

Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, Phil Davison, said by prosecuting Mr Yee for his actions Singapore has doubled down on a strategy that violates freedom of expression. 

 

Pangolin trade banned by United Nations and more Zedlines

(Image source: flickr.com, Ruslan Rugoals)

The United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has voted to ban the trade of Pangolins, a small scaled mammal found in Asia and Africa.

The animal, which has eight subspecies, has the misfortune of being the world’s most poached creature due to its popularity in Asia, where its meat is a popular delicacy and its scales are an ingredient in traditional medicine.  

The Convention also voted to extend the ban to the barbary macaques, the only primate living north of the Sahara.

 

Smoking in Australia on the decline and more Zedlines

A new report shows smoking rates are on the decline in Australia with daily smokers accounting for less than 13 per cent of people, one of the lowest smoking rates in the world. Image: Pixabay

Smoking in Australia on the decline
A new report shows smoking rates are on the decline in Australia with daily smokers accounting for less than 13 per cent of people, one of the lowest smoking rates in the world.

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found fewer young Australians are experimenting with cigarettes however for indigenous Australians and people living in remote areas, improvements in smoking rates were recorded as being less dramatic than those living in major cities.

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