2013 Edition 1 News in Brief27 February 2013
The hourly rate that Barack Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to by 2015. It’s currently US$7.25. In Australia it’s $15.96.
“WE ARE BOUND TO EACH OTHER IN THIS LAND AND ALWAYS WILL BE. LET US BE BOUND IN JUSTICE AND DIGNITY AS WELL.”
—Julia Gillard introducing the Act of Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Parliament.
The percentage of illegal performance enhancing drugs that come from China.
“I WANT TO SERVE THE PEOPLE. I WANT EVERY GIRL, EVERY CHILD, TO BE EDUCATED.”
—Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban in October. She was released from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, three months after the incident.
The number of countries where being LGBT is a crime that carries the sentence of life in prison or execution.
“I LIKE TO TOUR INTERESTING THINGS WITH MY KIDS LIKE POWER PLANTS, GARBAGE DUMPS, THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER, ANTARCTICA, MISSILE SILOS…”
—Bill Gates is the second richest guy in the world and he likes to tour garbage dumps.
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DATES TO WATCH
The date the Student Union will vote on creating a Disability Department, setting a precedent for other student unions.
Federal Election, bitchezzzz It’s either Julia or Tony. Or Kevin or Malcolm… or Julian Assange. Who knows? Get ready to vote.
The year that wrestling will no longer be an Olympic sport. Sorry to break the tough news guys.
NUMBERS TO WATCH
The number of people in Australian run detention centres here and on Manus Island and Nauru.
The number of children in Australian run detention centres.
SOURCE: ASYLUM SEEKER RESOURCE CENTRE
The number of countries that allow same sex marriage. Here’s a hint: Australia’s not one of the27