Monthly Archives: February 2010

Facebook pages may compromise trials

Internet experts have claimed that criminal cases could be aborted in cases where memorial sites are hijacked or commented on by witnesses.

Head of Deakin University’s Information Systems Matthew Warren says that comments posted on the page could put at risk the process of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

Mr Warren says media attention on hijacked sites may result in greater exposure of such comments.

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Bribie artist submits for Archibald

Bribie Island artist Lesley Shelley submitted her portrait of Aboriginal artist and stockman Charlie Chambers for this years Australian Archibald prize.

Shelley’s subject, Mr Chambers, is from Kallangur is well known throughout the Indigenous community.

Shelley has previously entered portraits into the competition of Federal politician Cheryl Kernot, Bribie Island actor Carol Burns and former Brisbane chief magistrate Di Fingleton.

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Constitution states first Queenslanders

Passages in Queensland’s constitution were yesterday amended to acknowledge Indigenous people as the first Queenslanders.

Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says the amendment was an important step towards reconciliation.

Queensland joins Victoria as the only Australian states to recognise the position of Indigenous Australians in their constitutions.

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Indigenous med records handed over

A Federal Court ruling has led to confidential medical records of Indigenous Australians being handed over to investigators.

The Australian Crime Commission requested confidential medical records as part of their investigation into violence and child abuse in Indigenous communities.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says that patients have not provided consent and this could lead to loss of trust in medical services.

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Iraqi expats urged to vote

Iraqi expatriates are being urged to cast votes in next month’s Iraqi parliamentary elections.

The forty thousand strong Australian Iraqi community may vote in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as several other regional locations.

A representative for the Iraqi high electoral commission says refugees without original Iraqi documents will still be able to vote.

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New RBH staph trials

Researchers conducting investigative vaccine trials for golden staph carried out in Brisbane at the Royal Children’s Hospital require healthy adults to participate in research study.

It is estimated that 20% of the Australian population are carriers of staph, however there are no ill effects from carrying the bacteria.

Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory Head Michael Nissen says the research is an important step in the aim to find a safe and effective vaccine against the staph bacteria.

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New NT legislation ‘flawed’

The Law Council of Australia claims that current attempts by the Federal Government to bring the Northern Territory intervention in line with the Racial Discrimination Act are flawed.

Law Council President Glenn Ferguson says the proposed Welfare Reform Bill will not end discrimination for Aborigines, and will simply make the intervention easier for authorities.

The Federal Government suspended the Racial Discrimination Act in 2007 to allow a police and military intervention in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

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