Human Rights

No pride in Nauru - and more 8am Zedlines:

Over the weekend Sydney came to life for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, however, one float in particular drew attention to the plight of refugees beaten in alleged homophobic attacks on Nauru. (Image Source - Flickr Creative Commons)

South Bank turns pink:

Around 10,000 people painted the town pink on Sunday morning for the annual International Women’s Day Fun Run to help breast cancer support services.

The five-kilometer event is in its 25th year and raises funds for services, including mastectomy bras, wigs, and art therapy programs for women undergoing treatment at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane.

The event continues to grow and there are high hopes for its ongoing success.

Sand mining clousre spells chaos:

Coffee companies admit slave labour could be in production line and more 11AM Zedlines

Nestle and Jacob Douwe Egberts hold almost 40% of the global coffee market, and have admitted slave labour may be involved in their plantations. (Source: Freestock photos)

Barrett inquiry told centre "badly handled" closure

A leading Australian adolescent psychiatrist has found the closure of Brisbane’s Barrett Adolescent Centre was incorrectly handled.

Professor Patrick McGorry has told an inquiry the closing of any mental health facility, without adequate transitional support, is an issue that has plagued mental health reform on a global scale.

Federal sources say negative gearing reform could be completely scrapped and more 9AM Zedlines

Mounting pressure from LNP backbenchers may see negative gearing policy reform completely dropped from government agenda. (Source: Flikr)

Alleged one-punch partner attempts second bail application

One of the two young men accused of the alleged one-punch death of Brisbane teenager Cole Miller claims he is not a violent person, as he seeks a second-chance at bail.

Activst comments on baby Asha and #LetThemStay

Due to the recent coverage on baby Asha, and the #LetThemStay campaign, 4ZZZ interviewed Alex Kelly, an international campaigner and artist. She believes momentum is growing surrounding activism and the inclusion of refugees in Australian society.


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Students instigate an online reporting system for cyber bullying - And more 10am Zedlines...

AN anonymous online reporting system will make it easier for students at a Brisbane private school to speak up about their concerns in regards to Cyberbullying. (Images source: creative commons)

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Students instigate an online reporting system for cyber bullying

An anonymous online reporting system will make it easier for students at a Brisbane private school to speak up about their concerns in regards to Cyberbullying.

Moreton Bay College sports captain Amelia Brown said the Big Sister system had three bright pink faces representing levels of concern measured as unsure, worried and deeply concerned.

Queensland missing out on $40 million opportunity and more 8AM Zedlines.

The Australia Sex Party claims the state economy could be boosted by tens of millions of dollars, should the government introduce just one nude beach. Source: Wikipeida Creative Commons

Catholic schools shut-down over wages, working conditions

More than 200 Catholic Queensland schools will be affected by teachers protesting over unfair conditions today.

Over 8000 Catholic school staff will go on strike on Thursday morning, bartering for better pay and fairer working conditions.

Still Banking on Land Grabs

Australia's Big Four Banks (ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac) continue to make profits in the billions, but after recent controversies surrounding manipulation of the Bill Swap Rate (the rate at which banks lend to each other) and the CBA’s multi-million-dollar financial planning scandal I began pondering where these profits come from and the ethics behind the Big Four’s investment strategies. 4zzz's Craig Garrett speaks with Shona Hawkes (Oxfam’s Sustainable Food Advocacy Coordinator) about the report Oxfam launched on February 15 titled Still Banking on Land Grabs.

Mental health unit closure deaths were predicted - and more 10am Zedlines

The deaths following the closure of a mental health unit in Brisbane were 'probable' according to a senior psychiatrist. Image: Flickr

Deaths could have been avoided

The closure of a mental health unit in Brisbane last year was likely to result in deaths, according to a senior psychiatrist.

An inquiry into the former LNP government’s decision to close the Barrett Adolescent Centre in January 2014 is underway after three former patients died in the eight months following the centre’s closure.

QLD lockout laws approved - and more 8am Zedlines

New lockout laws for Queensland have been approved and will come into effect in July.

Lockout laws approved

New lockout laws for Queensland have been approved by State parliament, and will come into effect in July.

Proposed by the Labor government, and backed by Katter’s Australian Party MPs, the legislation calls for a ban on alcohol sales from 2am in nightclubs and pubs.

Vigil continues for refugee baby Asha

The Refugee Action Collective started a vigil outside Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on Friday night, in support of the doctors there who refused to release a baby girl called Asha. Asha is an asylum seeker baby who was on Nauru before she was injured, and was to be returned there. Collective member Mark Gillespie caught us up on what’s been happening with the vigil, as well as reiterating its importance.