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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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Jackie Trad responds to ‘Crisis of Trust’

Deputy Premier, the Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government, and Planning and Minister for Trade-  and Member for South Brisbane – Jackie Trad has responded to the article “Response to Crisis of Trust in Planning Processes” published in the Westender on 22 August. A really good article by Jan Bow. Jan Bow comments on the thesis by UQ planning student, Melanie Kwok, and raises some really good points about community consultation and input in urban planning. I believe that community participation is fundamental to the planning process. This is why I sent Brisbane City Council and the...

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Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy

Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy Ralph Horne, RMIT University and David Adamson, The University of South Wales We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy. Why? Because we have a slow-burn, deepening crisis that is affecting Australians who are already highly vulnerable and disadvantaged. They include: 206,000 households on the waiting lists for social housing; 46% of those with greatest needs wait two years or more; and 105,000 were designated homeless in the 2011 Census. The...

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August Westender online

The August edition of Westender is now online. The community voice of West End is now almost 22 years old and is fresher and newer than ever. Over the next couple of days you can pick up the print edition on Boundary St, Montague Rd, Hampstead Rd, Melbourne St, Grey St, Stanley St and Gladstone Rd, or you can simply click here to download the e-mag. Subscribers copies will arrive by mail early next week, free deliveries start after that. You can become a subscriber at...

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