Australia is “extremely concerned” about the delayed sentencing of a detained democracy advocate in China
Minister of Foreign Affairs , Penny Wongissued a statement marking two years since the passing of Australian writer and pro-democracy advocate Dr Yang Heng Jun He faced a closed trial in Beijing on charges of espionage.
He had been held for more than two years before facing the one-day trial from which media and diplomats were barred.
Dr Yang is still awaiting sentencing, and the Australian government remains deeply concerned about the delay in his case.
Today, our thoughts are with Dr. Yang and his family.
Australia has consistently advocated for basic standards of fairness, procedural fairness and humane treatment of Dr Yangin accordance with international standards and China’s legal obligations.
We will continue to advocate for Dr. Yang’s interests and welfare, and provide consular support for Dr. Yang and his family.”
Four people have died and a boy is fighting for his life after a car crash in western Victoria.
A car carrying five women was traveling along the Wannon-Nigretta Falls road in Bochara around 9:30 am on Saturday when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree. Four people were killed at the scene.
A fifth girl, a teenager, was airlifted to Alfred Hospital with upper body injuries in critical condition, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.
Police cordoned off the area to allow major collision investigation unit investigators to investigate the accident.
Victoria Police urged anyone who saw it to contact them.
– Australian Associated Press
More space for koalas to spread on the northern coast of New South Wales
A pre-election promise by the New South Wales government to protect the state’s koala population from extinction has been taken a step further, with the purchase of a designated habitat plot.
aap Favorite koala reports covering 4,500 hectares near Port Macquarie on the state’s north central coast has been purchased by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Research shows that the number of koalas in the wild will dwindle to a mere hundreds by 2050 if steps are not taken to protect them.
New South Wales Minister for the Environment, Penny SharpOn Saturday, the opportunity to buy large plots of private land that is home to koalas along the New South Wales coast is extremely rare, describing the move as a “big win”.
Here is Sharp:
Permanent protection of these properties as part of national park ownership will not only secure the preferred habitat for koalas – it will also enable us to reduce the growing and cumulative threats koalas face.
A little more about Victorians, who officially voted against the Aboriginal vote in Parliament at the start of National Reconciliation Week.
The decision was taken at a conference in Ballarat on Saturday attended by State and National Union MPs.
“Historic morning as Victorians officially vote to oppose the divisive Albanian vote in Parliament,” Victoria’s senior federal MP Bridget Mackenzie tweeted.
The senator posted a photo of herself standing alongside federal citizens’ leader David Littlebrod, federal Aboriginal Australians’ coalition spokeswoman Jacinta Nambiginpa Price, and Victorian residents’ leader and state opposition Aboriginal affairs spokesperson, Peter Walsh.
Later this year, Australians will vote to enshrine the Indigenous voice in parliament into the constitution. Federal citizens announced their decision to oppose the vote last year, saying it would do nothing to help Indigenous peoples in their communities.
Mackenzie later said in a statement: “I am incredibly proud of our Victorians who stood up so boldly today for a united Australia.”
“Victorians who don’t support the vote can trust citizens who know it’s not racist to go against it,” Price said.
National Reconciliation Week runs until 3 June and is organized by the not-for-profit organization Settle Australia, which is responsible for building and promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal Australians.
The incoming tide covers the mudflats and sandbanks of Tonda Harbour, and creeps over mangrove boughs.
Ospreys and sea eagles are hunting fish and clear skies surround Cassim Island – a mangrove-covered sand bank – in a serene landscape that a watercolorist would die for.
But the battle to stop a controversial $1.3 billion plan to develop this area — part of a protected wetland of international importance — is about to reach its peak, which has been shaping up for eight years.
If approved by the Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plebersk, this waterscape will be transformed forever with shops, restaurants, boardwalks, high-rise homes and a 200-berth marina that will be built atop the mud flats and carve out 50 hectares of international Ramsar-listed wetlands, stopping 200 meters Just Qasim.
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Victoria Police arrest a man for hitting a jogger
Police have arrested a man in a crash that ran on Donnings Road in Point Cook in northwest Melbourne, seriously injuring a woman.
Police say the driver fled the scene after crashing into the woman’s car around 11 p.m. on Friday. Later they arrested a 25-year-old man.
Lee Miller of the ABC’s Major Collision Investigation Unit told me:
We just so often go into these collisions. It happens daily. People don’t drive in weather conditions, it was a little damp tonight. But you also need to obey the rules of the road. We have people rushing, drinking, inattentive, we really need to focus.
Road tolls have almost gotten out of control this year and we don’t know when they will stop.
The growing US movement to ban books has carried over into Australia, where an award-winning graphic novel depicting same-sex relationships and sexual experiences becomes the first book to be referred to the classification board in ten years.
aap The board is reported to be reviewing its decision to classify the novel, Gender: A Memoir, as “unrestricted” after an appeal against its classification as a book for mature audiences.
Maya Cubabe An illustrated memoir – a journey of self-discovery, trauma and queer identity – has been removed from shelves at Logan City Council libraries in Queensland, following an appeal from a council member Scott Pan and commentator Bernard Gaynor.
This fight is not over and we will succeed in removing it from the Logan City Council libraries entirely.
When the board initially classified the book as Unrestricted, Sydney bookseller Kinokuniya celebrated it as an important novel.
This book means a lot to so many of our employees – we are strongly invested in achieving a positive outcome.
The Victorian National Party will oppose the vote in Parliament
Not everyone is marking the start of National Reconciliation Week by pushing for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming Indigenous vote referendum in Parliament.
The Victorian National Party voted this morning to join their federal counterparts in opposing the vote.
Attorney general , Mark DreyfussHe said the Aboriginal vote referendum in Parliament was an opportunity “for all of us to come together in support of reconciliation and a stronger, more united Australia”.
Australians are marking the start of National Reconciliation Week, which is becoming especially significant this year as the date for the Indigenous vote in Parliament approaches.
This year’s theme is “Be a Voice for Generations”.
Heavy metals, nicotine, and arsenic found in e-cigarette products
Widely available vape products have been found to contain toxic heavy metals, carcinogens and nicotine, according to new tests. aap reports.
The Queensland Health and Environment Commission tested the chemical composition of 17 e-liquids available from retailers in the state.
All samples contained toxic heavy metals including arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, antimony, aluminum, iron and nickel, along with known carcinogens such as formaldehyde.
Nicotine was present in all samples, but it ranged from less than 200 mg/kg to 47,000 mg/kg.
Queensland Minister of Health, Shannon FentimanHe said the findings were challenging, given the rising popularity of e-cigarette products among young people.
These results show that what’s inside is very dangerous.
Bernie criticizes Dutton for his stance on the referendum
Burney also criticized the Leader of the Opposition, Peter Duttonin order to “do politics” on the Aboriginal vote in Parliament.
Next week…in the House of Representatives there will be a vote on a bill to amend the Constitution to allow us to hold the referendum later this year.
If Peter Dutton is fair about supporting reconciliation, if he is fair about uniting and not dividing, then Dutton will vote for the bill next week. Mr Dutton will vote ‘yes’ in the referendum later this year.
In 1967 we were counted. In 2023, we’re looking to hear from: Linda Burney
The Uluru Statement from the Heart was recommitted last night as “a generous invitation from Indigenous Australians to walk together towards a better future,” says Birney.
In 1967 we were counted. In 2023, we seek to be heard.
We leave base camp and begin our trek across this vast country; From Uluru to Referendum Day, in 2023, Australians will vote again in a referendum, this time for constitutional recognition by voice.
This time it is being asked whether we should change the Constitution to recognize the First Peoples of Australia by creating an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice.