Tuesday 16 April

Boston Bombings

Just as America seems to be getting on track, 2 bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It was around 3 pm local time when 2 people died and countless injured from the bombs. Two more explosive devices were found nearby, but, detonated safely – thank-you bomb squad! Obama has pleged to “get to the bottom of this” – Onya

I give a Gonski

The Gonski Reforms proposed by Julia Gillard may actually be given the go-ahead

Do I give a Gonski? Well, that depends. The Gonski reforms are an education reform for state schools around the country, ensuring Australia get the best education with well-regarded teachers and the most up-to-date technology. However, the funding for this reform will come from cuts to University funding making them not-happy-Julia’s.

Win for Legal Aid

Victorian Legal Aid has agreed to give it’s employees an 11% pay rise over the next 3 years.

Why does this matter? The Coalition Government cut a hefty $3.1 million from Victorian Legal Aid (as well as cutting Tafe, hospitals and school funding – where are your priorities?)  This meant cuts to workers including solicitiors and lawyers, and with a recent increase in Legal Aid demand, it ain’t lookin’ good.

 American Gun Laws 

Senate votes this week on gun laws, if passed it will be one of the most significant changes to the precious legislation. The supporters are on fast-foward, rushing about trying to secure last minute backing on the legislation – and now they have got a new supporter. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (preety self-explanatory), a major gun rights group, has tore away from the NRA to agree with the bipartisan compromise, their sister-partner the Second Amendment Foundation said “we decided to back it because it’s the right thing to do” – at least they’ve got their morals in place.

Sorry, I’ve been living under a rock, what new gun laws in America? Oh dear, well, following the Sandy Hook Massacre in December last year, Obama pledged sweeping new gun law restrictions for America. These included greater gun checks to anyone who purchases a gun in any circumstances (currently, its just for purchases made from licensed gun dealers). However, the new compromised legislation includes background checks for the now exempt online and gun show sales but not for most other private transactions. It also includes beefing up the background checks to include mental health records, and other convictions currently missing from the database.

The Golf gets interesting

No really, it does. Golfer Adam Scott is the first Australian to win the Masters and that awkward fitting green jacket. But that wasn’t all the excitement – Tiger Woods nearly got disqualified for placing the ball in the wrong place (yup, that’s right, there’s rules about that), the New York Post gets a laugh, headlining “Tiger puts his balls in the wrong place again.” Oh, and a 14 year-old played, proving that the Masters knows no age.

Don’t judge your bus driver

Nicolas Maduro, a 50-year-old bus driver, was declared the winner for Venezuela’s presidential election yesterday – recieving 50.7% of the votes. He follows in the footsteps of the late Hugo Chavez and vows to carry on the socialist revolution. Unfortunately, not everyone’s so excited, the opposition leader Henerique Capilers says “the result does not reflect the will of the country.” While, this may look like a case of the green-eyed monster thousands of opposition supporters have taken to the streets, burning rubbish bags and chanting “fraud.” Professor Avalos of the Central University of Venezuela said the country is in a “very delicate situation” with “such a thin difference in a country that is so extremely polarized” it’s hard to deal with.

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