Weekly news wrap – Stuff you may have missed

Image from the Humanist Society of Scotland website.
Image from the Humanist Society of Scotland website.

See Melbourne and die?

A historic proposal to legalise euthanasia morning passed through the lower house of the Victorian parliament this morning after a 26-hour  debate. The bill must now be approved by the Victorian Senate before the state can become the first in Australia to permit assisted dying.

The house passed the bill by 47 votes to 37 after considering hundreds of amendments put forward by opponents of euthanasia as they attempted to stall the agreed conscience vote. Opponents  fear adverse social consequences, though advocates say  the proposals, if passed  would be among the most conservative laws of their kind in the world.

Australian teacher shot dead in Kenya

Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina has been murdered by a group of armed men in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. She was walking near the school when a group of men on motorcycles are reported to have attacked her. The motives behind the attack remain unclear at the moment, but witnesses suggested it appeared to be an armed robbery gone wrong.

Sydney icons spared the waratah

Leading Sydney cultural icons such as the Opera House and Taronga Zoo have been granted exemptions from an NSW directive that all state organisations adopt the waratah logo. Many of the institutions rushed to lodge applications to retain their well-known logos and most have been approved by  the cabinet’s Standing Committee on Communication and Government Advertising.  The State Library, Olympic Park and Australian Museum are among the groups granted exemptions.

End of the line for Holden

The last 950 Holden employees lost their jobs today as the last car rolled off the production line 69 years after the brand was created.

After 50 years of producing Holdens the Adelaide manufacture plant became the last Australian carmakers to close its doors as local manufacture became uncompetitive in the global market.

Out with the old, in with the young

Progressive labour leader Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s youngest ever prime minister after three weeks of negotiation following the general election.

She won the prize when New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters announced he would throw his support behind a coalition with Labour and the Greens to form government. He will assume the deputy prime ministership for the second time.

This week Austria elected the world’s youngest leader, Sebastian Kurz a 31-year-old conservative whose Austrian People’s Party opposes globalisation.

Ed Sheeran’s world tour hits ‘small bump’

Aussie fans have been reassured that British superstar, Ed Sheeran, will be back next year after cancelling the Asian leg of his Divide world tour. The ginger guitarist took to social media to announce he’d fractured his left elbow and right hand when he fell off his bike after being hit a car.

Top guns honoured at Women in Sport awards

Soccer star Sam Kerr has capped off a remarkable season after being named Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year on Wednesday night. Kerr helped the Matildas win the inaugural Tournament of Nations where she was the top goal-scorer of the competition. The Matildas striker was narrowly missed nomination for the 2017 Best FIFA Woman’s Player award last month.

The late Betty Cuthbert was honoured  with the Hall of Fame award. Cuthbert won an Olympic gold medal in every sprint category – 100, 200 and 400 metres plus the 400m relay – and remains the only Olympian of either gender to do so.

Ben Simmons impresses in NBA debut

Australian NBA Star Ben Simmons showed glimpses of his freakish potential in his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s five-point loss to the Washington Wizards.

Simmonds, the number one pick in the 2016 NBA draft, missed his entire 2016 rookie season after fracturing an ankle in a pre-season trial last year.

Shock injury has sent Green Bay packing

The Green Bay Packers Super Bowl hopes took a cruel blow this week when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke  his collarbone in the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers underwent surgery on Thursday. The Packers have yet to say if they will keep him on their 2017 roster or put him on injured reserve.

Footy star Idris forced to retire

The injury-plagued West Tigers centre and former NSW Origin representative Jamal Idris has retired from rugby league. The 27-year-old took a break from the NRL in 2016 before signing a one-year deal with the Tigers, but played just five games before rupturing his ACL. Idris played 136 first-grade games for the Bulldogs, Titans, Panthers and Tigers. He debuted for NSW in 2010 and made his only appearance for Australia 12 months later.


Compiled from web sources by Joshua Gaske, Olivia Silk and Andre Cupido

Top photo from the Humanist Society of Scotland’s campaign for supported dying.

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