Queensland’s worst outbreak of syphilis in 30 years rampant in state’s north

Brisbane Times,

Queensland’s worst outbreak of syphilis in 30 years has spread across northern Queensland with 500 new cases since 2010.

Only four years ago the Medical Journal of Australia predicted syphilis – which causes lesions in the brain and blindness – would be eradicated in remote Queensland with screening and basic penicillin shots.

The escalating rate of syphilis in Queensland’s far north is 300 times more frequent amongst indigenous people, than among the non-indigenous community.

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White Ribbon anti-violence ambassador stood down in wake of ‘slap’ comment furore

ABC News, 22 September, 2015

The Northern Territory Attorney-General has been stood down as an ambassador for White Ribbon Australia, after saying he was “tempted to slap” a woman in Parliament.

John Elferink told the Parliament on Wednesday night “I’m really tempted to give her a slap right now … figuratively speaking”, referring to Natasha Fyles, the Labor Member for Nightcliff, after she interjected during a debate.

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