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‘Bad Science’ author to tour Australia

Prominent sceptic and science writer Ben Goldacre will visit Australia in September for a debut speaking tour. Author of bestsellers Bad Science and Bad Pharma, Dr Goldacre will speak in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Suzi Jamil and Desh Amila of Think Inc said he had always been on their list of people to bring to […]


Turnbull urged to raise torture claims with China at G20

Protesters have called on the Prime Minister to raise allegations of persecution, torture and organ harvesting with China at next week’s G20 summit. Members of Falun Gong called for government support at a public media conference in Brisbane’s King George Square on Wednesday. “Immediately end the brutal and senseless persecution of Falun Gong in China […]


Rethink Abortion protestors rally outside Parliament House

State and federal politicians joined a protest of about 300 people outside Queensland parliament on Tuesday organised by pro-life Rethink Abortion campaigners. The protestors demonstrated with speeches, song and dance against the “Women’s right to choose” bill introduced by Independent MP Rob Pyne. Opposition MP Mark Robinson told the rally he would oppose the bill […]


Independent MP hopes second bill will pave way to abortion law reform

Countries that don’t have abortion on the criminal code have lower abortion rates than Queensland, according to Independent MP Rob Pyne. Mr Pyne said countries like Holland which have abortion on demand had one-tenth the abortion rate of Queensland. Passionate about decriminalising abortion, Mr Pyne told Newsbytes he didn’t understand the thinking behind the idea […]


Trainer pulls his weight to help African orphans

A personal trainer has gone the extra mile to raise money and awareness for orphans in Africa by hiking one of United Arab Emirates’ tallest mountains. Lee Harrison tackled the 12km road up Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain as part of a fundraising campaign that will see the Abu Dhabi-based Brit complete a series of […]


Protestors rally to stop cuts to Prince Charles hospital

Protestors gathered outside Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s Dickson electorate office at Strathpine to oppose potential federal budget cuts to Prince Charles Hospital. As morning traffic passed by, about 15 protestors in hospital outfits chanted “save our hospital, put LNP last”. Some cars honked in support. The demonstration was organised by online lobby group GetUp as […]


Rental market leaves pet owners out in the cold

Pet owners on the Gold Coast are struggling to find accommodation, with many forced to relinquish their animals. Local James Healy said he found it difficult to find a pet-friendly rental for his small dog and cat. Despite being financially qualified, with full-time work and good pay, Mr Healy was refused repeatedly before an application […]


Brisbane to Woodford trek commemorates diggers

The valour and sacrifice of thousands of Queenslanders who died during World War I is being remembered with a 100km trek from Brisbane to Woodford. In keeping with the spirit of ANZAC, people from all walks of life have been invited to take part in the World War I Queenslander Challenge to commemorate the diggers. […]


Abu Dhabi reforms senior education

Educators in Abu Dhabi have welcomed reforms to assessment of senior students in the United Arab Emirates capital. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has updated its assessment process so that cycle 3 students no longer receive numeric marks. The year 10 and 11 students will now be assessed using special letters. They will be […]


News service joins the dark side of the web

An investigative journalism group has become the first major news organisation to launch on the Dark Web. Pro Publica, a non-profit investigative journalism news service dedicated to public interest stories, has launched a version of its site on the Dark Web. But an Australian cyber security expert predicts mainstream media are unlikely to follow. Associate […]


Magistrate warns on pay-wave risks after man’s spending spree with lost card

A Brisbane magistrate has criticised tap-and-go technology after a man went on a shopping spree when he found a debit card outside a supermarket. The court was told Colin Leslie Saunders used the no-PIN pay-pass facility to obtain goods illegally after finding the card at a Newmarket shopping centre. Wendy Cull, SM, said the pay-wave […]


Town crier has something to shout about

Gosford City Council town crier Stephen Clarke has been readying his voice, his moves and his outfit in preparation for the annual Australian Town Crier Championship. It is a special year in the event’s history, as it is being held in Parkes in conjunction with the 200th birthday celebrations of Sir Henry Parkes later this […]


Napa keen to play for Queensland

Sydney Roosters Dylan Napa could be plaiyng in his first State of Origin match for Queensland in round 1. The Roosters giant (pictured) has been picked as 18th man in Mal Meninga’s Queensland squad, but an injured Daly Cherry-Evans could see Napa taking his place on the field. Queensland Coach Meninga said he would very […]


Jose did it his way in Premier League win

He did it his way. Once again, Jose Mourinho (pictured) will lift the Premier League trophy after his Chelsea side wrapped up the title with three games to spare. The ‘Special One’ has the special touch when it comes to winning league titles. He did it in his breakout year as a manager with FC […]


Rabbitohs beat Dragons in see-sawing match

South Sydney defeated a fast-finishing St George Illawarra 16-10 at ANZ Stadium on Monday night. The three tries to two victory ended a three-match losing streak for the Rabbitohs as well as giving the Dragons their first loss in seven games. Returning half-back Adam Reynolds opened the scoring with a penalty goal after John Sutton […]


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