On Sunday Brisbane Line Reporter Jack McDonnell attended the Remember Tyrone rally and listened as the community rallied to support Tyrones family and demand more so that a story like this never happens again.
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On Friday December 2, local organisation Right to the City - Brisbane scheduled a street protest entitled, Right to the Streets. The occupation of Russell St in West End came after a number of protestors were arrested after a similar demonstration the week before wherein the group assumed they had been given permission to protest.
On November 17 Immigration Minister Peter Dutton claimed the Fraser Government made mistakes letting refugees fleeing war in Lebanon into Australia. On November 21 he justified his comments during question time by saying that 22 people out of 33 who had been charged with possible terrorist acts were second- and third-generation Lebanese–Australians. These claims were designed specifically to justify the current government’s harsh stance on refugees fleeing wars and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Sri Lanka.
Queensland politicians have introduced changes to the Australian curriculum as part of a statewide initiative which will see widespread implementation of sexual- and reproductive health-related topics - a first in the country.
Students from Prep to Year 10 will be affected by the changes, which focus on healthy sexual relationships and reducing stigma, discrimination and violence surrounding sexuality.
The Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 is designed to promote access to information pertaining to topics like sexual health, gender identity and to eventually eradicate STI’s such as HIV.
Industrial Relations Bill to impact Queensland Workplaces
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is set to issue a formal apology to the state’s LGBTIQ community, in order to acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by old laws.
South Australia and Queensland are the only states which still allow the so-called ‘gay panic defence,’ where citing unwanted homosexual advances can be used as a partial defence against a murder charge.
While the Queensland Government now says it will abolish that defence, South Australia is yet to commit to such law reforms.
New therapy for Prostate cancer treatments in Brisbane
Queensland prostate cancer sufferers will try a new GPS system therapy, used to track the position of their tumors during radiation treatment.
The Townsville hospital is the first clinic in Queensland to employ 3-D camera technology in treating patients with diabetes. (image source: Wikimedia Commons)
Diabetic ulcers in limbs can lead to amputation of that extremity if untreated - the trial aims to screen 50 patients suffering from ulcers in their feet who live too far away from hospitals to be treated effectively.
Doctors hope that this technology will reduce travel times for patients and allow for quicker response and treatment if ulcers are detected.
Food allergy vaccine in development
Queensland researchers are working on a vaccine that could treat food allergies in people.