Disadvantaged youth smoking more than peers: survey

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I spoke to Katie Clift, executive manager for the Cancer Council Queensland, about a new survey which has provided an updated picture of the smoking habits of young people. You can call quitline 13 QUIT to get help with quiting. You can also find information on the Cancer Council website here.

Double dissolution: what does it mean?

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It’s on… again. Malcolm Turnbull has set July 2 as a tentative date for the double dissolution, after his ABCC bill was again rejected by senate. Melbourne University’s Professor Sarah Maddison was available to talk about Labor’s gains in the polls and Turnbull’s “D-Day”.

Brazil’s president facing impeachment

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Brazil’s lower house has passed a vote to begin the impeachment processes of their President Dilma Rousseff. The case now passes to the senate, who will also vote on whether the president used money from state-owned banks to cover a budget deficit during her re-election campaign. However the turmoil goes deeper than this issue, as Dr Tom Chodor explains.

Tiger population on the rise

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World tiger numbers have risen for the first time in 100 years, marking a turning point in the animal’s fight against poaching and habitat loss. Figures from national surveys in tiger range states and from the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimate there are 3 890 tigers in the wild, 700 more than the 2010 figure. The World Wildlife Fund Australia’s national manager for species, Darren Grover, says the increase is likely a result of ramped up conservation efforts in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan.

Combating indefinite detention for the intellectually disabled

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Numerous reviews and law reform agencies have recommended reforms to unfitness to plead laws. But changes have been laboured, when they’ve occurred at all. A new research project at the University of Melbourne is investigating support systems that may help prevent disability-based disadvantage and discrimination in the criminal justice system. Dr Piers Gooding is a part of this project, and spoke about what he’s doing.

Bicycle passing laws trial comes to an end

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With the state-wide trial of the minimum passing distance laws coming to an end, Bicycle Queensland is reiterating the need for bikeway infrastructure and stronger enforcement of dangerous driving to keep bike riders safe. An evaluation of the two-year trial of the new rules is due to be released soon as the trial period comes to an end on Thursday April 7. Bicycle Queensland says the passing laws make cyclists feel safer on the roads.

Autism Acceptance Month is here

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April is Autism Acceptance Month, a month in which the focus is on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people. Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. This month acts as a response to traditional “Autism Awareness” campaigns which the Autistic community found harmful and insufficient. I spoke to Jacky den Houting, a member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN AUNZ), about this month, as well as the state of autism funding in Queensland.