Trans teenagers no longer need judge's approval for hormone therapy

Trans teenagers no longer need judge's approval for hormone therapy

Posted November 30, 2017 19:40:22 Photo: The court’s ruling removes a final legal hurdle for trans children seeking hormone therapy. (Twitter: Jo Lauder) Teenagers with gender dysphoria will no longer have to apply to a judge to undergo hormone therapy, following a ruling by the Family Court. The court today decided it would no longer intervene in cases where children have the permission of their parents and their treating doctors. For 14-year-old Isabelle Langley, who was born a boy and is seeking hormone therapy, the ruling has lifted an enormous…

Read More

Cheaper to go to Bali: Regional airfares unreasonably high, report finds

Cheaper to go to Bali: Regional airfares unreasonably high, report finds

Updated November 30, 2017 22:23:25 Bali, Singapore and Thailand are more attractive tourist destination than regional WA thanks to unreasonably high airfares that are adversely affecting the lives of people who live in outback areas, a parliamentary committee has found. The inquiry, which generated more submissions than any other Legislative Assembly probe, examined why regional airfares are so high and what the airlines and WA Government could do about it. Committee chair Jessica Shaw told Parliament high airfares were often a major reason people moved away from regional areas. “People…

Read More

Why a Sydney hospital prescribes art to cancer patients

Why a Sydney hospital prescribes art to cancer patients

Posted November 30, 2017 19:58:39 Photo: Greenwich Hospital’s Dr Andrew Cole with cancer patient Jo Finlay. (ABC News) Jo Finlay has been recuperating from physically taxing radiation therapy and a bout of pneumonia at Sydney’s Greenwich Hospital. She was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer but remains optimistic despite a poor medical prognosis. “It’s not something where there are good outcomes,” Ms Finlay said. “In fact, most women with advanced breast cancer are expected to die but you never give up hope, put it that way.” As part of her medical…

Read More

Fraser Coast Mayor charged with misconduct, computer hacking

Fraser Coast Mayor charged with misconduct, computer hacking

By Nick Wiggins Updated November 30, 2017 21:08:40 Photo: Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft was arrested on Thursday afternoon. (Facebook: Chris Loft) A Queensland Mayor has been arrested and charged with official misconduct and computer hacking by the state’s corruption watchdog. Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Chris Loft was arrested this afternoon. The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has charged him with two counts of misconduct in relation to public office and one of computer hacking. He has also been charged with disclosure of official secrets and wilfully disclosing information….

Read More

Huge weather rescue project under way

Huge weather rescue project under way

Image copyrightMET OFFICE It is shaping up to be a mammoth citizen science project. Volunteers are wanted to digitise early 20th Century weather records covering the UK and other parts of Europe. The temperature, pressure, rainfall and wind observations are in handwritten tables and need to be converted to a form that computers can analyse. The data comes from the Met Office’s “Daily Weather Reports”, which were started by Robert FitzRoy shortly after the agency was founded in 1854. If this old information is recovered, it can then be used…

Read More