Articles by Sonia Hickey

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… ...

The Social Media Platform Causing the Most Harm to Kids


Do you know what your kids are up to online these school holidays? We know the stories: the horrendous accounts of relentless bullying which result in young people suffering trauma, or engaging in self-harm, or worse. Indeed, more and more children are presenting to psychologists with a phenomenon known as ‘social media anxiety’. Technology is ...

Mystery at Sea: Australian Suspected of Murdering his Wife


In 2010, Lewis Bennet formed the company called ‘Next Generation Solar’, which was based in Mount Nathan, Queensland. The British man became an Australian citizen in September 2013 but left Australia on February 22 last year, writing on his departure card that he intended to live in England for next 12 months. Bennet is now ...

Australian Prince Ordered to Pay Back-Taxes


The founders of Australia’s oldest ‘micro-nation’ have found out the hard way that you can be the king of the castle, but still have to pay your taxes, after losing a Supreme Court battle against the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The Hutt River Province is about 500 kilometres from Perth, in the mid-west of the ...

Government Declares Amnesty on Illegal Firearms


Amidst fears of terrorism, the federal government proposes to implement an amnesty which allows people to surrender illegal and unregistered firearms without fear of prosecution. Terrorist threat Australia’s gun laws came into the spotlight once again after the Lindt Cafe seige of December 2014, which left many asking the question: how could Man Haron Monis ...

Smile! Facebook May Soon be Filming You


Facebook has just been granted a series of patents in the US which, if put into effect, would enable the company to use the camera on your computer, tablet or smartphone to monitor and record your facial expressions while you’re on the site. A patent is essentially a legal protection over a new innovation which ...

Surf Rage – The Scourge On Our Beaches


Australian beaches can be a dangerous place and, apparently, it’s not just the big fish you have to be wary of if you’re a surfer. A 29-year old is the latest person to be charged over a surf rage incident, which ironically happened in Byron Bay on the far north New South Wales Coast. A ...

Youths Sue Australian Government for Being Detained with Adults


A group of more than 100 Indonesian youths are pressing ahead with a class action law suit against the Australian Government, claiming they were imprisoned alongside adults when they should not have been. The Australian Government wants proceedings dropped, saying the agencies involved – The Immigration Department, the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Director of ...