Julie Bishop Resigns From Parliament

Picture Courtesy: Parliament Broadcast & Julie Bishop Twitter Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has revealed she will retire from federal politics at the next federal election. Ms Bishop made the surprise statement after Question Time, revealing that she would not contest the electorate of Curtin, choosing to retire instead. Ms Bishop was the Liberal Party’s…

Wastewater Analysis Reveals $9.3bn Spent on Australian Drug Use

Australians spent $9.3 billion on illicit drugs last year, with the use of a number of major drugs increasing from previous years. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission released its national wastewater drug monitoring program report on Wednesday, revealing results of its analysis of the nation’s drug use through waste water. The commission monitored 58 wastewater…

Refugee Advocates Reject New Threat of People Smugglers Following Medevac Laws

Asylum seeker advocates have criticised Scott Morrison’s border security measures following new laws passed to evacuate critically ill asylum seekers from offshore detention to Australia, claiming it would not restart the people smuggling trade. The Refugee Rights Action Network claims the prime minister’s decision including re-opening Christmas Island’s detention centre to prevent the threat of…

Morrison Reopens Christmas Island Amid Medevac Legislation Passing Senate

Scott Morrison will step up Australia’s border protection to prevent asylum seekers from getting on boats to the nation, as the Senate backed new laws fast-tracking evacuations for critically ill asylum seekers. The Prime Minister has expressed his concern that the laws will reignite the people-smuggling trade as the laws narrowly passed the Senate 36…

Casual Workers Given Opportunity For Permanent Work Under New Legislation

Casual workers will get the opportunity to move to permanent employment, following legislation in Parliament proposing the shift. The Bill was introduced to the Lower House on Wednesday, which if passed will allow all eligible casual workers to ask to move to permanent work. Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said it created a balanced approach.…

China opens maritime rescue base in disputed South China Sea

By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Google Maps China announced that it has opened a maritime rescue centre on Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands (which China calls Yongshu reef and the Nansha Islands). The centre will “better protect navigation and transport safety in the South China Sea”, according to state-owned Xinhua news agency.…

Remains of Remains of explorer Matthew Flinders found under London train station

By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: London Underground The remains of explorer Matthew Flinders, most known for having circumnavigated Australia 216 years ago, have been found at a burial site beneath London’s Euston station, which is currently undergoing an upgrade as part of the controversial HS2 high-speed rail project linking London and Birmingham. Archaeologists identified his…

Saudi teenager caught in Thailand granted Asylum In Canada

By Helene Fung Canada has granted Rahaf Alqunun asylum following the Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officially given the high-profile teenage asylum seeker refugee status. Eighteen-year-old Saudi Arabian Rahaf Alqunun fled her country last week, claiming that she was abused by her family, and would be killed if she returned because she has renounced Islam. She…

2018 Recorded as Australia’s Third Warmest Year

Australia has experienced its third warmest year on record, according to a new Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) report. BOM released its annual climate statement on Thursday, revealing the nation’s average temperature was 1.14 degrees Celsius above the average for 1961-1990, which made 2018 slightly warmer than 2017, with only 2005 and 2013 warmer. Individual states…