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Had a busy week? We have too, but luckily ’5 things’ is back to keep you in the loop. These five bite-size news pieces may not have made the front page of your paper, but are worth a read. Did we miss anything? Add it in the comments below.
1. A rare case of bipartisanship was on display in Canberra when the ‘Act of Recognition’ was voted in with unanimous party support on February 13. This seminal moment brings Australia one step closer to reconciliation, and will hopefully pave the way for a referendum granting Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to be held next year. You can sign up to join the 132,000 other Australians who support recognition here.
2. Sadly, three time cancer survivor Yvonne D’arcy lost her ‘David vs Goliath’ battle this week against mega US pharmaceutical company Myriad Genetics.The landmark decision overtuned the application made by Ms Darcy and fellow advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia, allowing for the breast cancer gene BRCA1 to be patented in Australia. Concerns have been raised over implications for future cancer treatments and research. “We were doing this for future generations and I’m just so disappointed”, Yvonne said
3. Although it may be just under seven months away, it’s never too early to make sure that you’re enrolled to vote. Alarmingly, new data released from the Australian Elecotral Commission has revealed that only 1 in 2 18-19 year olds are currently on the electoral role. It’s important that the youth have their voices heard this election year, and registering is easy- just jump on the AEC website and enrol online.
4. Thousands of Australians have spoken out against the proposed Carmichael Mine in Central North Queensland, hitting the QLD State Government with a barrage of over 14,000 public submissions. A big thank you to all of our members who took action in our ‘Carmichael Mine-Strosity’ campaign to stop the development of what could be Australia’s largest coal mine. Serious concerns have been raised over the validity of the mining conglomerate Adani Group’s Environmental Impact Statement for the mine. Seems it’s time for Tony Burke to finally reject this monster mistake.
5. Now for something to brighten up your Friday. Sinatra may have the voice, but the octogenarian pensioner Raymond Borzelli, star of this year’s Tropfest Runner-Up film, proves he’s certainly still got the moves. Borzelli was nothing but smiles (minus a few front teeth) when he found out that the film ‘Better than Sinatra’, directed by Jefferson Grainger, had been awarded second prize at the world’s largest short film festival on Sunday night. The decision was, as always, not without controversy- what did you think of the winner?