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Stories for Thursday, 2 October 2014
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Parliament's burka rule provokes heated reactions...   
Produced by Parashar Das & Jo Lim

In a quick decision, Parliament has introduced new security measures forcing burka wearers to sit in a separate glass viewing gallery. The Department of Parliamentary services says the measure is in response to an ‘increased threat environment’ but the rule is already prompting heated reactions across the community.

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Hijabs in solidarity   
Produced by Jo Lim

Hundreds of non-Muslim women in Australia are donning the hijab for a week and posting it on social media. They say the move is in solidarity with Muslim women, especially amidst increased violence on the street that threatens the safety of those wearing hijabs or burqas. Emma Thompson, who is also a Christian, spoke about how it is a Christian value to be welcoming to different races and religion in this country. Dr Shakira Hussein, a doctoral fellow at University of Melbourne, says the real oppression comes from the speech inside Parliament House, where politicians are trying dictate what Muslim women are allowed to wear.

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""Help Stop Ebola" Liberian Australians chanting the streets this week.   
Produced by Lovette Williams

Many Liberians are rallying across Australia this week to raise awareness on the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The Australia Government announced an additional $10 million contribution towards stamping out the worst virus outbreak in history. But the African-Australian community says, funding alone are not enough to help stop the killer virus, instead they would like to see the Government providing more hands on support.

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Whitegate residents not backing down   
Produced by Justin Fenwick

Whitegate, the Alice Springs town camp that is under pressure to disband, with water and power cut off, is not about to go quietly. Defiant elders refuse to accept that they are squatting on their own land and have asked people and politicians to come and meet and talk with them and hear their side of the story.

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A doctor's dream   
Produced by Annie Hastwell

When Dr Buddhi Lokuga was employed to roll out a 'Farewell Scabies' program in the NT he quickly found local resistance to the plan to dose thousands of people with the drug Invermectin. Instead he took elders' advice of 'yaka gana' or 'walk with me' and worked with key families on the health issues surrounding scabies outbreaks.

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