Well, it's been a while between drinks but here we are back again with another collation of interesting stories that have graced the pages of the Westender since we last communicated.

Have a good read, and stay tuned for more interesting news on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Cheers!

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Disrupters and provocateurs converge on the Gold Coast

Disrupters and provocateurs converge on the Gold Coast

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a keynote speaker at the 2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy event at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from 7 to 9 September. Mr Assange will be joining the event via live video-link from the Ecuadorian Embassy and is one of four provocative keynote speakers leading a future-inspired conversation. Other keynote speakers include world-renowned robotic, …Read more.

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Arts Queensland announce 2017 global music scholarship

Arts Queensland announce 2017 global music scholarship

Nominations for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship are now open, which means one lucky Queensland artist could soon see themselves travelling overseas to immerse themselves in the music scene of either London, Berlin or New York. Founded in 2007 in honour of the late Go-Betweens front-man Grant McLennan, the Grant McLennan Fellowship is intended to expose the awardee to the cultural atmosphere of one of these cities …Read more.

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Terri

Sisters in law now dominate Australia's legal sector

A new report from the 2016 National Profile of the Profession shows that the number of women entering the legal profession has doubled that of men in the past two years. The report indicates that of the total 71,509 practicing solicitors in Australia, women now comprise of 50.1 per cent of legal professionals compared to 49.9 per cent of men, reflecting a 34 per cent increase in …Read more.

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Top legal body lends support to constitutional reform

Top legal body lends support to constitutional reform

The recent release of the Referendum Council's report has prompted the Law Council of Australia to call on the Federal parliament to ensure constitutional reform remains a top priority. The Law Council of Australia; the nation's peak legal body representing Australia's legal profession, has frequently called for meaningful reform to be pursued in aim of empowering Australia's Indigenous people. President of the Law Council …Read more.

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Bees Nees

Brisbane artists to put skills on display this July

Queensland performance collective The Good Room, will transform some of Brisbane's most recognised public spaces next week, allowing the public to get up close and personal with world-class contemporary artworks by local artists. The Good Room - the creative ensemble behind the 2014 sell-out production I Want To Know What Love Is and the 2015 Wonderland Festival, in conjunction with Brisbane …Read more.

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‘Fat talk’ a risk to teens, psychology expert warns

‘Fat talk’ a risk to teens, psychology expert warns

Four out of five young women experience "fat talk" about their own appearance or someone else's during an average week, which has a negative impact on body image, a psychology expert will tell the 2017 APS College of Health Psychology and the Australasian Society of Health and Behavioural Medicine Conference, being held on the Gold Coast, 13-15 July. Dr Jacqueline …Read more.

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West Village

Nuanced and breathtaking BIFF is back

The 2017 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will be kicking off next month, and to get cinephiles prepared program co-directors Maxine Williamson and Richard Sowada have recently announced the full program, giving expected audiences a taste of what's to come. Opening the festival on Thursday August 17 at Palace Barracks Cinema is the winner of Canne film festival's Palme d'Or prize, The Square; a Swedish …Read more.

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Experts shine light on Australia's genocidal history

Experts shine light on Australia's genocidal history

The need for recognising past injustices towards Indigenous Australians was a powerful topic at this year's International Association for Genocide Scholars (IAGS) conference in Brisbane. The 2017 conference saw several global scholars come together at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus for a collective discussion about the two core components of the UN Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and prevention of future …Read more.

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Week two of QMF continues in fine style

Week two of QMF continues in fine style

Week two of the Queensland Music Festival gets underway this week, with over 30 performances from classical to contemporary artists set to take place across the sunshine state. Artistic Director for QMF (Queensland Music Festival), Katie Noonan said the festival's opening weekend gave Queenslanders only a small taste of what's on offer until 30 July 2017. “Brisbane and regional and remote Queensland audiences …Read more.

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Woolworths to set up shop in West End

Woolworths to set up shop in West End

One of Brisbane’s oldest communities will soon be home to a major new retail and dining precinct, including Brisbane’s newest full-line supermarket. West Village in West End will ultimately provide local residents with access to 35 new retail, restaurants and food and beverage outlets, as well as a 4,000m2 Woolworths supermarket announced today. West Village developer Sekisui House has entered …Read more.

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WA Festival celebrates positive social change

WA Festival celebrates positive social change

The University of Western Australia will host more than 50 major public events as part of the 2017 Social Impact Festival, which runs between Tuesday 18 and Friday 28 July. The 2017 Social Impact Festival, which is the largest social impact festival in the world, is hosted by the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School. It celebrates …

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Book celebrates priest’s commitment to youth justice

Book celebrates priest’s commitment to youth justice

Rev Wally Dethlefs, AM, a Catholic Priest from Brisbane, has worked with homeless young people since 1973. In 1981 he established the Youth Advocacy Centre which combined lawyers and youth workers to assist young people appearing before the Children's Court. A feature of his work has been a strong justice/advocacy approach together with an emphasis on the community prevention of …Read more.

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Little play season back for another year in South-East QLD

Little play season back for another year in South-East QLD

The Brisbane Powerhouse and the Arts Centre Gold Coast will play host to this year’s Queensland Short+Sweet Festival, running from the 19th of July to the 3rd of September.

The full program can be found below.Read more.

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