There's great excitement here at the Westender, putting the finishing touches on our first tabloid newspaper for some years.

The paper goes to print on Tuesday of next week, which means it'll be out and about on the streets of Brisbane next Wednesday, distributed widely in the inner urban suburbs of Brisbane north and south of the river, as well as through the CBD.

Keep your eye out for it!

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Bent books

No relief for renters

House and unit rents in Brisbane remained steady over the March quarter, according to the Domain Group Rental Report*. At $400 per week for houses and $370 per week for units, growth of median asking rents in Brisbane was flat over the three months to March as well as the previous 12 months. Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Economist, Domain Group, …Read more.

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Seeking portraits of our living heroes

Seeking portraits of our living heroes

Over 14,000 World War II Veterans are living quiet lives all over Australia and one group is on a mission to find them. The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) is setting out on one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia – to commemorate our unsung heroes of World War II in print. The Reflections: Honouring …Read more.

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IA

IWC harpoons Japan’s whaling plans

The Government of Japan’s plans to restart their ‘scientific whaling’ program in the Antarctic have been dealt a major blow, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). AMCS Director Darren Kindleysides welcomed the findings of an Expert Panel of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that Japan has not demonstrated any need to kill any more whales …Read more.

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Peace activists say “Yankee go home!”

Peace activists say “Yankee go home!”

The Independent Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) condemned the arrival of the US Marines in Darwin on Monday morning. IPAN spokesperson Jo Vallentine said “There are no threats to Australian security that justifies Australia spending this amount of money on a foreign force.” “These continuing arrivals of US Marines is costing Australia millions of dollars, at a time when our government …Read more.

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Iran, Nukes, Oil, and the Effect on Australia

Iran, Nukes, Oil, and the Effect on Australia

The Iran Deal is likely to be good for the Australian economy and Australian real estate, and here's why. Where is Australia now? The Australian economy is drifting downwards, with interest rates following it, as federal and state government budgets sink into the morass. They can't stimulate the economy any more, the money has been spent, the deficits are too …Read more.

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French Banks wash their hands of coal

French Banks wash their hands of coal

Australian banks should follow French banks in ruling out finance for Galilee Basin coalmines and Great Barrier Reef ports. With three French banks ruling out finance for Galilee Basin coal mines, the Australian Greens are calling on Australian banks to follow suit. “These French banks are some of the world’s biggest coal industry lenders and even they can see that …Read more.

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TWC

West End speaks out for Peace

You are all no doubt aware of the vast sums of money the government has spent on commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli battle. The message from political leaders is this battle in the 1st world war is central to our national identity. Just Peace as well as the organisations who came together to form the Independent and Peaceful Australia …Read more.

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Journalists cannot survive on publicity

Journalists cannot survive on publicity

A longer version of this write-up has been published in the Dokter1. The last decade or so we have witnessed something truly amazing. As more and more are going online and have access to tools to easily publish their story, journalists have a smorgasbord of sources they can easily access. …Read more.

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