About Kara de Groot

Aspiring journalist and uni student extraordinaire. Tea drinker and history lover. Currently a news intern for community radio station 4zzz. Ask me about greek history and mythology.

Should vote counting code be public?

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A team of Australian researchers believe the code used to count votes in the federal election should be made public, after they found problems in the code of the 2012 NSW local government elections. Dr Vanessa Teague is a member of this team, and says it would be good for democracy, and good for the Electoral Commissions, to make election-related source code public before an election.

Hydrogen cars closer to reality

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Scientists have devised a process that allows hydrogen to be efficiently sourced from liquid formic acid, a discovery that has promising implications for the reality of hydrogen-powered cars for the masses. Mr Athanasios Zavras was the study’s first author, and spoke about the project.

National Shelter calls for more housing in leadup to election

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In the lead up to the federal election, housing policy peak National Shelter has called for an all party commitment to a better housing future for Australia. National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski  says we need to focus on housing prices, deposits, tax discounts and deductions on what we want Australia to look like, not just on the day after this election, but in the years and decades to come. If you want to join National Shelter in calling for an end to the housing crisis in Australia by 2025, you can sign the petition here.

Suicide prevention key part of election policies

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Ahead of the Federal Election, major parties and political candidates are being urged to spell out their plan to tackle suicide and self-harm across Australia. It’s been described as a “national emergency”, with latest ABS figures showing the suicide rate has increased by nearly 20% in the past decade. Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray says there are nearly 30 federal electorates where the problem has hit an alarming level. If you need help, or someone to talk to, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or on their website.

Greens call for Labor’s LGBTI support

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The Australian Greens urge the Labor party to join them in committing to removing religious exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act, following Rainbow Labor’s announcement to appoint an LGBTI discrimination commissioner. Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms  says Labor’s plan is a good one, but won’t end discrimination against LGBTI people under the law.

Brisbane holds first Trans Fair Day

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You may have been hearing a lot lately about transgender people in the US, after political and legal battles over which bathroom transgender people are allowed to use. Here in Brisbane, transgender people gathered for the first ever Trans Fair Day on Sunday, and I was on the scene.

Emergency department times key to decreasing deaths

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We now have strong evidence that improvements in admission processes through hospital emergency departments leads to a decrease in patient deaths, according to the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Dr Simon Judkins was a part of this research, which he says helps close the loop, showing that improving hospital processes and access targets not only reduced the time patients spent in ED, but led to fewer patients dying.