Author: Kerrod Trott

Finding the silver lining, helping women soar

A young Sunshine Coast woman is using her own experiences of overcoming adversity as incentive to encourage other women with similar struggles. The result is a coffee table style photographic book which she aims on placing in the waiting rooms of every Australian public hospital. Calin Manuela Darling was born in Romania in 1993, in the period immediately following dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s rule. A side-effect of his brutal regime was hundreds of thousands of orphaned children crammed into 700 institutions. And as a result, her first three-and-a-half years of childhood were spent institutionalised until she was adopted by Queenslanders,...

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Science Week asks the big questions

Australians will soon have opportunities to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic contribution to society when National Science Week kicks off in August. Running from 12-20 August, National Science Week 2017 is expected to reach more than a million Australians with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert talks, art installations and performances, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities. This year marks National Science Week’s 20th birthday. First held in 1997, it has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year’s program saw 1.3 million people participate...

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Australia-US too close for comfort?

Concerns about the strength of the U.S. alliance have emerged since the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, with supporters of the alliance expressing considerable anxiety about the continuing strength of the Australia-U.S. relationship. “Donald Trump remains deeply unpopular with the Australian public”, says Dr Vince Scappatura, a specialist in international relations. “The familiar romantic mantra of the Australia-U.S. alliance as a special relationship rooted in shared values is now much harder to sell with President Trump in the White House.” Dr Scappatura sees a great deal of effort being made behind the scenes to shore up...

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Looking for a unique musical experience?

Back by popular demand, Mr West End, Clarry Evans, is reprising his intimate musical performances of musical highlights from the rock operas Macbeth and Boadicea. Alison St Ledger, Matthew Newnham and Sandro Collarelli, who all featured in the original productions, will be reprising their stage hits, while a twelve piece choir led by Alison Rogers will provide the chorus. James Bovill will feature on keyboards. The performances will take place at the Hope St Cafe at 170 Boundary Street, West End. The cafe is an initiative of Micah Projects, and is a social enterprise providing training and employment for...

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Celebrating 50 years of political activism in Brisbane

In 1967, 4000 students marched from the University of Queensland into the city to defy a ban on marching. This civil liberties march was about the right to protest. But it signalled more than a march, it was the sign of a new politics. With growing community support, this current drew on and influenced various political movements in Queensland and beyond. The march strengthened the opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and conscription and was a harbinger of the future mass actions of the moratorium marches and the Springbok demonstrations as well as a new focus on gender...

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