May 23 is International Turtle Day. While turtles are wondrous and joyful creatures, they are also vulnerable and endangered in many places across the world. Volunteers up and down Australian coasts work to protect our turtles, each and every year, from land-based and ocean-based predators and dangers. But there are some simple things all of us can do. First of all, stop using plastic bags. Turtles accidently eat them, and I think we can all agree eating plastic bags isn’t good for anyone: animal or person.
NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy, Musicians Recieve Council Grant, Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 5500 Refugees in 48 Hours and more Zedlines. (IMAGE: Wikimedia)
NSW Ranked worst state for renewable energy
NSW has been ranked as the worst state in Australia in terms of supplying renewable sources of electricity in a report by Australia's independent Climate Council.
In the report released this morning, the Climate Council says NSW’s proportion of renewable electricity fell from 7 to 6 percent in 2014, and the state has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities for implementing sustainable energy programs
Over the past 25 years, the bulk of land clearing in Australia has occured in a single state: Queensland. Rates of clearing had dropped from over 700,000 in 1990 to a tenth of that figure in 2010, but environmental experts are now concerned about a recent spike -- an increase they say is a result of legislative changes made by the Newman Government in 2013.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out an appeal in the case of a refugee who was denied an abortion in Papua New Guinea by the Federal Court. (Source: flickr)
Gay panic defense to be amended
Queensland legislation allowing perpetrators to use the homosexual advances of victims as a partial defence to murder it set to be amended after a statement by Attorney General Yvette D’arth.
Maryboroughs’ St. Mary’s Catholic Church priest Paul Kelly, who started an online petition signed by over 240 thousand people demanding the repeal of the defence, said he is concerned by the leisurely pace of change.