Author: Kerrod Trott

ASP in nude beach protest

The Queensland branch of the Australian Sex Party is planning a gathering on Saturday to protest the latest police actions at Alexandria Bay, Noosa National Park, after recent evidence emerged of the police hiding in the bushes and rushing out to fine naturists. Police admit that they have not been reacting to complaints on the day but rather consider it as ongoing “patrols” in the area. Secretary of the Qld branch Robin Bristow says “The police are behaving like the Taliban Moral Police by enforcing a dress code on a known nudist beach. Queensland is 40 years behind the...

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ORANGE THE WORLD – starting with Brisbane 

  … and show your commitment to ending violence against women and girls. Micah Projects’ Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) is calling on the people of Brisbane to wear something orange, and decorate their workplaces and shopfronts with orange livery, as part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. 16 Days of Activism is a UN-led, international campaign that runs from 25 November until 10 December (World Human Rights Day). Here in Brisbane, the campaign is being championed by several community groups including ZONTA, Micah Projects and Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, who are organising a number of activities across...

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New Brisbane program helps the homeless

A new pilot initiative between homeless organisations, hospitals and the Queensland Government has improved health and housing outcomes for Brisbane’s rough sleepers while delivering savings of more than $2 million by preventing unnecessary and expensive hospital presentations and admissions. The Pathways Hospital Admission and Discharge Pilot Project – a joint three-year initiative between Micah Projects, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, Mater Health Services, and funded by the Queensland Government – has seen Emergency Department (ED) presentations, ambulance callouts and hospital inpatient stays among homeless people plummet in its first 12 months by organising ongoing care and support prior to...

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Clarry’s greatest hits, live in performance

“Mr West End”, Clarry Evans, is a man of many parts. A whole generation of local school children grew to know and love him when he taught at West End State School, and he now owns and runs two local guesthouses, Westmont in Thomas St and Minto up in Gladstone Road. He’s also a passionate musician, and was the lead singer of Brisbane band Midlife Crisis for many years. Clarry’s greatest musical passion, however, is composing rock opera. With writing partner Judy Stevens he’s brought to Brisbane and national stages such memorable shows as Macbeth: The Contemporary Rock Opera,...

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Don’t worry, it’s only emotion – Dzogchen Rinpoche

A SENIOR Buddhist lama is coming to Brisbane to teach local people how to stop taking their emotions so seriously. His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche says emotions are actually neither good nor bad, it is the way we react to them that causes us problems. Dzogchen Rinpoche will be in Brisbane on 30th September at BrisWest Centre in Paddington to give a public talk entitled ‘Emotions – Don’t Take Them Too Seriously’. His Eminence, who is one of the highest lamas alive today in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, says: “We tend to believe our emotions. We either suppress...

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