New funding announced to combat domestic violence

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New funding has been announced to support domestic violence crisis centres in Brisbane and Townsville, and assist in the setup of a third shelter in Charters Towers. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman, said tackling domestic and family violence is a priority, and these programs have helped hundreds of women and children. Save the Children runs the Brisbane based centre, and regional co-ordinator Theresa Kellet spoke about what the funding will be used for.

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.

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.

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.

Return of Kings Australian meet ups met with outrage

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The Return of Kings is another of the high-profile groups for male pick-up artists we’ve heard about in the last couple of years, which is planning meet ups of its Australian members all throughout this week. Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne spoke with us about the group, the views they hold, and their interaction with Australia.  

WHO labels red and processed meats as carcinogenic

The World Health Organisation has ranked cured and processed meats in the same category as cigarettes for cancer causers. The report from WHO not only ranks processed meats as group one carcinogens due to a link with bowel cancer, but also places red meat in group 2A as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ due to a link with pancreatic and prostate cancer. I spoke to Professor Dallas English from the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics about this announcement, and what it means for Australia’s meat eaters.

Red planet breaks dry spell

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Scientists from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission have the week announced the discovery of liquid water flowing on the surface of the planet Mars. Astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack from the University of Melbourne says the discovery will help pave the way for eventual manned missions to the red planet.

Early NDIS roll out in far north Qld

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The state government has announced an early release of the NDIS in far north Queensland, where it will be accessible for young people with a disability in Townsville and Charters Towers, and people under 65 on Palm Island. Paige Armstrong, a spokesperson for the Queenslanders with Disability Network, says it is a significant move which has the full support of the QDN.

Federal funding for domestic violence ‘not enough’

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The new federal government has announced they are spending an additional $100 million dollars to combat domestic violence. I spoke to Senator Larissa Waters and family lawyer Heather McKinnon about this. Continue reading Federal funding for domestic violence ‘not enough’