Hello, and welcome to the first Westender e-news for 2018.

We had a bit of break over the holidays, but we're back in business with a selection of news stories from around West End and the world for your reading pleasure.

Cheers, and have a good read.

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Terri B

Recognition for our unsung heroes and heroines

Terri Butler MP congratulates the Southside’s unsung heroes who were acknowledged at the 19th Griffith Australia Day Awards. “Nearly 300 people attended the 19th annual Griffith Australia Day Awards, to honour a wonderful group of volunteers – our local unsung heroes,” Ms Butler said. The ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon at the Souths Leagues Club, and was followed by …Read more.

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Vegans gather for animal rights – Newkind Festival

Vegans gather for animal rights – Newkind Festival

Even those living under a rock would have heard of the Vegan Movement in 2017, and activists from around the world are gathering in Tasmania from 21st to 25th March to prepare themselves to up the ante in 2018. Drawing globally recognized animal rights activists like James Aspey, Joey Carbstrong and the founders of Anonymous for the Voiceless Paul Bashir …Read more.

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Bees Nees

Pope to explore links between poverty and migration

Just days after renewing his plea to respect the rights of migrants, Pope Francis will have a private meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during which it is expected they will discuss the importance of investing in rural development to create opportunities for some of the poorest people in the world. Since …Read more.

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West Village

New Park an early development at West Village

The West End and West Village communities will soon be able to enjoy a new green oasis and water play area on Boundary Street, following the lodgement of a development application with Brisbane City Council. Sekisui House, developer of the West Village project, has lodged the application to commence work on the project’s first major public open spaces, including a …Read more.

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Jackie T

Where’s our Human Rights Act, Annastascia?

Michael Cope, QCCL President, has reminded the Premier that in 2016 she committed her government to implement Labor Party policy by passing a Human Rights Act. “Now that the Premier has her majority the QCCL calls on the Premier to act on her promise this year to ensure the Act is bedded down prior to the next election.” …Read more.

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Back to school costs hit hard

Back to school costs hit hard

Disadvantaged Australian families are struggling to meet the costs of their children’s education, with school expenses for one child at primary school costing parents upwards of $2,000 a year, The Smith Family said today. Annette Young, The Smith Family’s acting CEO, said the start of a new school year should be an exciting time for children but for those in …Read more.

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Australia’s most important voice - Gurrumul

Australia’s most important voice - Gurrumul

Madman Entertainment has today released the first trailer for the highly anticipated documentary GURRUMUL, a celebration of the iconic Australian artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through …Read more.

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Love conquers all – even the PM

Love conquers all – even the PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull joined Sydney-based yarn bomber – known as ‘Treble Maker’ – Eloise Murphy to reveal the rainbow crocheted Love Wheels bicycle at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra recently. The quirky and colourful bike, donated to the National Museum last year, was chained to a pole outside the Turnbulls’ Sydney home during the …Read more.

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How the Government launders drug money - Ellen Brown

How the Government launders drug money - Ellen Brown

In a blatant example of “do as I say, not as I do,” the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting requirements are driving small local banks to sell out to Wall Street. Congress needs to harmonize federal with state …Read more.

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Inequality on the rise - Oxfam

Inequality on the rise - Oxfam

A record number of Australian billionaires amassed an astonishing $38 billion increase in their wealth last financial year – enough money to pay for more than half of Federal public health spending, an Oxfam Australia briefing paper has revealed. The briefing paper, Growing Gulf Between Work and Wealth,  Read more.

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First Nations to lead 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras

First Nations to lead 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras

First Nations people will lead the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 3 March to highlight our proud history and our present fight for equality. Since Mardi Gras’ first year in 1978, members of our community have been involved and represented in Australia’s biggest LGBTI event. While 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the parade, this year …Read more.

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Some Australian history you never learnt at school

Some Australian history you never learnt at school

Combining two of my loves, Australian History and Gardening, here's an interesting first-hand account of the Chinese methods of agriculture near the Gympie goldfields in the 1860s.  From 'Queen of the Colonies' by Thorne, 1876.  We should not complete our sketch of the agriculture of the Wide Bay District, did we not refer to the Chinamen's gardens around Gympie. This …Read more.

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