Hi, hello, how are you, and welcome to the first Westender enews of twenty fifteen.

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Don’t ditch it, re-gift it!

Don’t ditch it, re-gift it!

Did this year’s Christmas presents miss the mark? Not impressed with the joke hand towel, the ‘his and hers’ bath robes, rainbow socks, keep calm t-shirt, fluffy slippers, wallet chain, crazy pattern leggings or animal suit? “Don’t ditch your unwanted Christmas presents, donate them to a Red Cross Shop” says Red Cross Shops General Manager, Kate Dear. “It’s been found …Read more.

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The rich keep getting richer

The rich keep getting richer

The wealth of world’s 400 richest billionaires rose $92 billion in 2014, according to Andre Damon of the Worldwide Socialist Web Site. The wealthiest 400 people in the world saw their combined net worth grow by $92 billion last year, hitting $4.1 trillion. The bonanza for the super-rich was underwritten by governments and central banks around the world, which fueled …Read more.

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Helen A

Victorian MLC Slams Festival Drug Busts

New member of the Victorian Legislative Council, Fiona Patten, has called on the Premier to abandon the use of sniffer dogs at music festivals and to ignore small amounts of marijuana carried by patrons. She said the arrest of 40 people last night at the Above and Beyond music festival was not in the public interest and would do nothing …

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Vote for Human Rights in 2015

Vote for Human Rights in 2015

Michael Cope, QCCL President, has called upon all political parties in Queensland to commit, in this election year, to a Human Rights Act for Queensland. Mr Cope said,“ The behaviour of the LNP government in the last 18 months demonstrates clearly the need to reform the protection of basic rights and liberties in this state. The QCCL calls on all …Read more.

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YBR

Going from hot to cold

It was the last quarter of 2010 and I had almost given up on finding a job in Brisbane. We’d quit our jobs in The Netherlands and moved _Down Under_ in 2009. The missus was sick of working in an office and couldn’t stand the office politics. Her plan was simple, head back to Australia and go back to university. …Read more.

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Local trees take a beating

Local trees take a beating

Mother Nature may laugh at Tree Protection Orders, as last month's super-cell storm demonstrated, but local Councillor Helen Abrahams is more concerned about the willful destruction proposed by Brisbane City Council for a mega-development in Mowbray Park. Here’s a snippet from Helen’s latest newsletter. Many of the larger trees in the area were badly damaged by the wind and hail …Read more.

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Terry White

Mindfulness in Business

Buddhism encourages you to focus on your breathing or on a single principle of Buddhism to calm the monkey mind. But then the annoying thoughts creep back in. You know what I'm talking about. Boring thoughts, really mundane mental memos. “Did I turn off the iron?” “I must remember to send that email to my boss.” “What was that idea …Read more.

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Australia feeling the heat

Australia feeling the heat

Today’s release of the Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate Statement 2014 confirms Australia has recorded its third-warmest calendar year since national records began in 1910. Assistant Director for Climate Information Services, Neil Plummer, said 2014 was characterised by frequent heatwaves and warm spells, and a notable reduction in cold weather. “Much of Australia experienced temperatures very much above average in …Read more.

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