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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coral bleaching due to global warming has continued to worsen in the northern Great Barrier Reef over the past two weeks, even as cooler weather has brought significant reprieve to central and southern areas. Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, says the northern reefs are in the most remote, pristine area of the Great Barrier Reef and it’s a tragedy to see them affected like this.
Environment groups, unionists, activists and MPs from diverse parties are coming together to protest the increased penalties and powers proposed by the NSW Baird Government. The plan is to protest new laws which would increase police powers in relation to protests and activism, and increase the penalties for protesters. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge says the government is implementing these laws because they know protest and direct action work to protect both human rights and the environment. The protest mentioned in this interview took place on 15 March 2016.
http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/sites/default/files/alp-greens_enoggera_kara_080316.mp3 Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.