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Exploring our digital future

In 2017, State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is presenting the Digital Futures program of free tech play days, interactive exhibition and game lab, discussions, and workshops. Elements of the digital landscape, in which we now learn, work and play, including adaptive technologies, education, robotics, new business models, social media, mobile technology, and virtual worlds, will be showcased, tested and discussed through the Digital Futures year-long program. Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said that Digital Futures is about deepening understanding around digital innovation and digital literacy across Queensland. “SLQ’s Digital Futures program highlights the importance...

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What can you do about AirBNB?

Rob Honeycombe of Bees Nees Realty investigates the rights of apartment owners and long term tenants affected by short term rentals. If you’ve been out in Brisbane’s inner-city when there’s a major event happening, you’ve likely witnessed the scenes. When there’s a home game for a football team or a sizable music festival, our apartment buildings top up with sometimes rowdy overnighters. The short-stay accommodation fills to the brim with groups sharing 1 and 2 bed apartments, with some taking their parties home to the balcony, or the pool and other common areas. To live in these buildings as...

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Kokoda walk to raise #HIV Awareness

In an effort to break down the stigma around living with HIV, Olympic silver medallist Ji Wallace is leading an expedition along the historic Kokoda trail in June of 2017. Ji Wallace, Australia’s first Gay Games Ambassador, publicly revealed his HIV status in an open letter in 2012. “I’ve always been an athletic type of fella, so I’m not going to let something like HIV slow me down or stop me. I’ve still got big dreams and big goals”, says Wallace. But since coming to terms with his diagnosis, Wallace has experienced the harsh stigma around living with HIV...

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Queensland Barrister James O’Neill looks at the legal implications of the Turnbull Government’s proposed legislation on refugees, and is appalled by what he sees. Last weekend the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced an intention to introduce legislation that would forever bar the refugees currently held on Manus Island and Nauru from entering Australia.  They would not come as refugees, but also as future citizens of a third country, regardless of the purpose of their visit. The announcement marked a new low in Australia’s attitude to asylum seekers, but it should not have come as...

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