Sorry 'bout the delay, folks, but I've been laid low with a bad case of the 'flu these past few weeks. I'm back on the mend now and will be able to keep you informed of what's going down in the 'hood.

I'd like to welcome our new advertiser, The Old Boot Factory, to the Westender. It's only through the support of businesses like theirs that the Westender has been able to survive for the past twenty three years or so. 

Helen Abrahams, our hard-working local Councilor, is a long time supporter of our efforts and it will be a sorry day when she steps down.

My old friends George Fotinos at Terry White and Kat at Bent Books have been consistent supporters - both businesses were in the very first issue in 1992, would you believe.

Anyway, have a good read of the news on offer, some of it local news and the rest of it world news that has an impact on us locally.

Cheers

Kerrod Trott

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Boot Factory

‘disrespect for the judicial system’

Felicity Nelson of Lawyers Weekly looks at Sen George Brandis’ comments on the Adani coal mine decision. The legal team behind the Carmichael coal mine suit has criticised Attorney-General George Brandis for calling for changes to environmental laws in order to restrict “vigilante litigation”. Senator Brandis said legislative reform is needed to prevent the rise of “lawfare”, where community groups …

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Not Now, Not Ever

Not Now, Not Ever

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk government will implement all 140 recommendations in Dame Quentin Bryce’s landmark Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic and family violence. Key actions include increasing criminal penalties for domestic and family violence, to reflect that the relationship is an aggravating factor in sentencing. The Premier said the government response would provide the framework for wide-ranging legal, social …

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Mick Gooda to tackle Stolen Wages

Mick Gooda to tackle Stolen Wages

Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda will head up the State Government’s Stolen Wages Taskforce, overseeing a $21 million reparations fund. Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships said Mr Gooda had the right set of skills to redress an historic injustice. “Mick Gooda is one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous leaders and we’re lucky to have him …

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HA

“No peace without a sustainable environment”

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Environmental sustainability” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to …

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Creating Common Ground with the community

Creating Common Ground with the community

Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane, Jackie Trad, has opened two community-building projects at the Hope Street premises of affordable and supportive housing provider Common Ground Queensland. Common Ground Queensland CEO, Sonya Keep, said the two projects — a fitness and wellbeing centre and a new open green space — had been designed to strengthen links between Common Ground …

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Terry White

Muslim scholars speak out on climate change

A new Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders exert on richer nations to reduce impact on Earth’s climate. By Kieran Cooke Human beings could cause the ending of life on the planet, says a group of Islamic scholars − and countries round the world, particularly the rich ones, must face up to their responsibilities. Climate change, they say, …

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Women speak for Climate Justice

Women speak for Climate Justice

Nobel Laureate, UN Climate Envoy, and Frontline Leaders to Raise Voices at 'Women Speak: Climate Justice on the Road to Paris & Beyond' In an effort to bring women's voices to the forefront of climate change conversations in the lead up to the December 2015 United Nations COP21 climate negotiations and beyond, women from around the world will unite to …

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Elke and Danjels and Lyme disease

In December 2012, Elke, 26 and partner, Danjels Reedman, 29, visited a friend in a village in Bali, Indonesia. With stray chickens, dogs roaming freely through the huts and a picturesque view of the beach, the tiny village was a tropical paradise for the couple. However, as soon as they arrived, Elke started experiencing sickness and fatigue. Elke’s jaw swelled …Read more.

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Lessons from Homelessness Prevention Week

Lessons from Homelessness Prevention Week

As we draw to the end of Homelessness Prevention Week 2015 the stark reality that nearly 20,000 Queenslanders are homeless on any given night has been given a national focus. “An adequate supply of decent affordable housing is the key to ending homelessness”, Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh said.  “Brisbane as a city is growing in prosperity, but poverty excludes …

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Bent

Westenders Unite for Better Planning by @JanB_QLD

ARCHIVE OF A COMMUNITY DAY OF ACTION Approximately 300 supporters of sustainable development from West End and more distant suburbs such as Calamvale, New Farm, Paddington, Spring Hill, St Lucia and Toowong, united in West End last Sunday 2nd of August in a day of action for better development. The Kurilpa Futures Campaign Group (KFCG) and West End Community Association …Read more.

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El Nino "Strongest in Past 50 Years"

El Nino "Strongest in Past 50 Years"

US based weather-reporting agency AccuWeather is predicting that this winter's El Niño could be one of the strongest in the past 50 years, leading to a return of meaningful but not necessarily drought-busting rain in California. "El Nino has steadily strengthened over the past month and is now approaching strong category strength," stated AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson. El Nino …

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