Mental Health

The mental health plight of asylum seekers

The conversation around asylum seekers and refugees is often a very divisive and politicised one, and with World Refugee Day approaching on the 20th of this months, Samantha Ratnam of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre took some time to talk with Isaac Gregor on the mental health plight faced by those seeking refuge, and what the community can do to support them as the pressures of the October deadline loom ahead.

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Red hot and not so juicy tomato prices...and more Zedlines...

Cyclone Debbie can be blamed for the recent hike in tomato prices.

The cyclone tore through prime growing regions across Queensland, breaking the chain of several national suppliers of the fruit. 
Bowen Gumlu Growers Association president, Carl Walker, said not to worry, however, as over the next week or so, three big growers will be coming back online, so shelf price is expected to halve. 

Labour Party members sought to sanction Ipswich Mayor in 2012

New information has come to light, revealing Labor Party members in Ipswich sought to sanction then-mayor Paul Pisasale in 2012.

Trump Hosts Bizarre Meeting

Donald Trump has hosted a bizarre televised meeting, where he encouraged his cabinet members to comment on his leadership and personal successes.

The spectacle, which is being described as a ‘love fest, for Trump’ is proving to be a field day for journalists and political commentators.   

America watched on as Trump’s cabinet members Praised their leader in front of camera’s and microphones,  while the president basked in their abundance of compliments

Study Finds A Third of the World is Overweight

A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has revealed that a third of the world’s population is overweight or obese.

New Laws Give Peter Dutton Power to Overrule Immigration Decisions

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull plans to call on the Labor Party to back the Coalition’s new citizenship laws in parliament today.

Labor is yet to say whether they will support the laws, which will see a complete overhaul of citizenship requirements. 

Turnbull yesterday confirmed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would be given the power to overrule decisions made on citizenship applications by administrative tribunals.

Reinstated in New Budget

Queensland’s Drug Court, along with the Murri Court and Special Circumstances Court, is set to be reinstated in today’s budget announcement.

Girls breaking stereotypes and gender norms and more Zedlines...

An unlikely music trio has emerged from conservative West Java in the form of three young Muslim schoolgirls who have formed their own thrash metal band known as VoB.- which means ‘noisy’ in their native Sudanese.

Their frontwoman Firddia Kurnia said the group takes inspiration from classics such as Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine and Lamb of God.

The group have since won fame throughout the country and skipped school to travel four hours to the capital to play live on national television.

It was their music teacher turned manager, Erza Satia, who introduced the girls to metal and hopes to continue guiding them to success.


Midwife Abuse

Scottish church allows gay marriage

Same sex couples will now be allowed to marry in selected churches across Scotland, after religious authorities voted to alter texts stating marriage as between a man and a woman, the first such move for a major Christian church in Britain.

Over two-thirds of the general synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, including bishops, clergy and laity, voted in favour of the change, opening the way for same sex couples to marry in Anglican Churches across Scotland.

David Chillingworth, head of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said though the decision is a monumental step, it is not unanimous, and no member of the clergy would be made to preside over same-sex weddings against their will.

Same sex marriage has been legal in Britain since 2014 but churches have not since permitted same sex weddings.

Overcrowding in Brisbane's Women's Jail

Concerns continue over fears of overcrowding and violence at Wolston House - Brisbane’s largest women’s prison.

The institution has added over 500 inmates in eight months despite staff raising issue and the Palaszczuk government promising to amend the problem.

Staff say that the overcrowding creates difficulty in implementing traditional prisoner control methods and that the problem is only getting worse.

These claims arise after a 2016 Queensland Ombudsman report found that Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre was the most overcrowded in the state.



Rural Australian At Risk of Mental Health Problems

North QLD crocodile killer charged and more Zedlines

A North Queensland man has been charged with killing a crocodile and keeping its skull as a trophy after the carcass of a four-metre crocodile was found dead on a creek bed on a private property at Innisfail in April. Image: Pixabay

Whilst the skull of a crocodile was allegedly found during a raid of a Eubenangee home, just north of Innisfail on Thursday, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is still working to confirm if the crocodile skull came from the carcass discovered earlier in the year.

The 60-year-old-man is due to face Innisfail Magistrates Court next month over a number of offences, including taking a protected animal, as well as weapons and drugs offences with the maximum penalty for killing a crocodile without authorisation costing $27,425.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.


Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.