Articles by Sonia Hickey

Good Cop Runs for Parliament


Former Queensland police sergeant and alleged whistleblower Rick Flori has announced plans to run for parliament in the upcoming Queensland state election. Mr Flori is forging ahead with plans for his future, despite the looming threat of imprisonment over allegations of misconduct while he was a member of the Gold Coast police service. Mr Flori ...

Mothers Avoid Prison for Horrific Crimes Against Their Kids


There’s a petition circulating around Australia right now, protesting the seemingly lenient sentences given to two mothers who committed horrific crimes against their children. Both have had extensive media coverage – mainstream and social. The two cases causing concern A 39 year old Queensland woman (who cannot be named) was spared from prison time for ...

Protesters Storm Council Meeting Over Australia Day Ban


Protesters have stormed the Yarra City Council building to protest it’s decision to stop hosting Australia Day celebrations on the 26th of January – the day of the first fleet’s arrival in Australia. In the wake of debate about the insensitive nature of celebrating the commencement of British occupation, and all that followed for Indigenous ...

Government Says Tough New Penalties Are All About Road Safety


They’re a familiar sight on the road these days. Sometimes alone, other times in pairs or groups. There’s no doubt there’s been an upsurge in the popularity of cycling, but having more cyclists on the road has done little to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists. Like cats and dogs The reason for the ...

Hanson’s Burqa Stunt – Justified or Offensive?


If you haven’t caught the story, Senator Hanson wore a full Burqa to question time in the Senate this week, calling for a ban on the Islamic dress. It’s not the first time Hanson has had ‘Banning the Burqa ’on the agenda at question time, and the Federal Government has routinely rejected her calls. Hanson ...

English Proficiency Test for Visas Assessed By a Computer


It sounds like a joke you might hear at the pub…. About the Irish vet who couldn’t pass an English-speaking test. But it’s not. It’s actually the real-life story of Louise Kennedy, an equine vet who has been living in Australia for two years. Now, she’s trying to convince a computer she can speak English ...

Sexual Assault: ‘Part of University Life’


Recommendations have been made for an independent investigation into the problem of sexual assaults at Australian universities, after a survey found that students are suffering “unacceptable” rates of victimisation. The findings arise from a landmark survey of 31,000 Australian students, many of whom report being assaulted on the way to university, inside residential colleges, and ...

Shooting Blanks: Sperm Counts Halve Over Past Forty Years


New research suggests the future of the human race may be at risk, with male sperm counts declining at an alarming rate. Sperm counts amongst men in Western countries have more than halved in the last 40 years, although the reasons why remain unclear. The concerning trend was identified by researchers who published their findings ...

Indigenous Women Unite Against Domestic Violence


Indigenous women are sick and tired of the endemic domestic violence in their communities. Indeed, the statistics paint a horrific picture of the extent of violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. And that’s exactly what has Indigenous women so frustrated and angry, and banding together. The victims of domestic violence aren’t ...

Personal Trainer Accused of Pushing Too Hard


A popular fitness chain is at the centre of a legal battle, with a member launching civil proceedings for an injury allegedly sustained during a personal training session. Daniel Popp is suing Snap Fitness for negligence after being hospitalised for more than a week following a session with a personal trainer. The story so far… ...