Protesters call for detention center detainees to be settled in Australia and more Zedlines...

Sydney’s city district was filled with protesters on Sunday, to demand that refugees being detained on Pacific Islands be allowed to settle in Australia as the resettlement deadline approaches.

The Manus Island center is to be closed on October 31 and refugees with a negative status are being pushed to return to their country of origin, while those with a positive status are forced to settle in Papua New Guinea.

A Kurdish journalist, Behrouz Boochani, says detainees do not feel safe being settled in PNG as there are limited opportunities to work and provide for their families.

Art meets Science in an exhibition for Fraser Island

UQ senate faces the music on fossil fuels

Students at the University of Queensland have been campaigning for some time to get the university to cut its investments in the fossil fuel industry.

Last year the university senate voted against divestment; but in the last couple of weeks students have discovered that more than half the senate who voted on the motion have direct financial ties to the fossil fuel industry. This has led to a step up in campaigning from the students. 

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Hannah Schich from Fossil Free UQ at the uni on Thursday.

Sisters against coal

On September 21st, seven climate activists stopped coal trains getting to the Port Of Brisbane for three hours while they occupied a stationary train. Yesterday the seven faced trespass charges in Wynnum Magistrates Court.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine was there speaking to "sisters against coal" Ruaela and Rumali Rusch.

UQ students protest fossil fuel divestment +more Zedlines

Ten students are protesting at the Chancellor’s office of the University of Queensland, the student-run group Fossil Free UQ are protesting for UQ to vote on fossil fuel divestment. (Image credit: Fossil Free UQ)

Seven of the 22 members of the senate for UQ have conflicting interests in the fossil fuel industry, having ties with fossil fuel companies previously or currently.

The group have promised not to leave the office until UQ agree to vote at the senate meeting on Thursday the 12th of October.

Defence admits to 3 year delay in warning public about toxic foam danger and more zedlines...

The Department of Defence has admitted to a delay in warning the Australian public about a chemical contamination scandal that occurred at 18 Defence bases across the country.

The Defence is now tackling perfluorinated chemical pollution from the widespread use of firefighting foam which contaminated local drinking water across several communities.

It’s revealed that the public should have been warned three years earlier than it did, with the cost to clean up the nationwide contamination to reach the hundreds of millions of dollars.

National Day of Action sees huge anti-Adani protests

Gay sauna raided in Indonesia and more zedlines...

A gay sauna in Indonesia has been raided, and 58 have been arrested, in what some say is another sign of the country’s anti-LGBT backlash.

Police raided the sauna late on Friday, after allegations from the public that it was being used for prostitution, and Indonesian police spokesperson Argo Yuwono says seven people will be charged under the country’s pornography laws.

Senior Indonesian researcher at Human Rights Watch, Andreas Harsono, says the raid is part of an anti-LGBT campaign in Indonesia.

Homosexuality is not illegal in the country, but the small LGBT community faces growing hostility from police and the community.


Galillee Blockade targeting Downer organisation

Union Plans Boycott of Streets Ice Cream

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and Unilever, the company that owns Streets ice creams are currently embroiled in an increasingly bitter dispute over a new enterprise bargaining agreement at the Streets factory in Minto, Sydney. The union claims that this agreement means workers would suffer a 46% pay cut as well as changes to working conditions. In a statement Unilever wrote that “The suggestion by unions that Unilever will or may reduce employee wages by 46% has no basis in

Mixing sport and politics

Grand finals of Australia's two most popular football codes is likely to dominate the news this weekend. But it has been a very interesting year in sport, where the nation's sporting attention has been brought to issues of race, gender, sexuality, and whether politics has any place in sport.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine has been following the sports pages to find some of the recent debates and protests taking place.

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Calls for New Abortion Laws in Northern Ireland and more zedlines...

Women and girls in Northern Ireland were facing outdated abortion laws that place their health and lives at risk. The country held one of the strictest abortion bans in Europe, and has made it illegal for women to end their pregnancies in almost every case, including cases of incest and rape. Though women were now able to travel to other parts of the UK to access free abortions, this may not always be an option, due to the emotional and physical costs of travel. Campaign leader of abortion law reforms Grainne Teggart said such laws force women to look for alternative ways to terminate their pregnancies, which could potentially endanger their lives and health. Image from Flickr.

Neo-Nazi group recruits in Toowoomba

A socialist group resembling a Hitler Youth organisation have placed posters throughout Toowoomba as part of a new recruitment drive.

The group, known as Antipodean Resistance, placed posters featuring the Nazi swastika and recruitment messages around the city, including Queens Park, the Tafe campus and St Mary’s College.

This was followed by a series of seemingly ‘prank’ campaigns in Sydney and Hobart.

Electoral Roll Discrepancy Causes Issues for Some Wishing to Vote In SSM Survey and more Zedlines...

An electoral roll discrepancy has barred two 18 year old twins from voting in the same-sex marriage survey. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The Labor party and the LGBTI rights group, Just Equal, have raised concerns that Australians will miss out on a vote due to discrepancies between the state and federal roll.

An Australian Electoral Commission spokesman says they will not comment on individual cases but “ It is the responsibility of every eligible elector to ensure that they are enrolled for electoral events.”

University Responds to Confederate Signs Posted on Campus