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Phil Monsour to launch new album in West End

Musician and union activist Phil Monsour will be launching a new album of union and solidarity songs on the 27th of May at Kurilpa Hall in WEST END Brisbane at 7pm The One Song One Union album features a song dedicated to each participating union, the Maritime Union of Australia, the Electrical Trades Union, the Queensland Teachers’ Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, the Queensland Nurses’ Union, United Voice and the Queensland Council of Unions. For a year, Phil met with unionists, listening to their inspiring work and writing songs to capture their defiant spirit. The themes often overlapped:...

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Budget 2017: The Good the Bad and the Unfair

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director Claerwen Little says despite some constructive measures the 2017 Federal Budget needed to do more for the most vulnerable Australians. “The commitment to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by an increase in the Medicare levy is a significant measure and a landmark worthy of celebrating,” said Ms Little. “The full funding of the NDIS from 2020 will afford greater dignity and independence to Australians with permanent and significant disability.” But Ms Little lamented punitive measures targeting the unemployed and welfare recipients. “The very worst elements of this Budget impose harsh compliance measures on...

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We remember those lives lost and recommit to action

When Mauryeen Kenny aged 69 was stabbed to death last month at home in Stafford Heights, Brisbane the number of women killed by their husbands or partners in Australia rose to 17 so far this year.  At this rate, we are trending towards the alarming national total of 73 in 2016*.  On Wednesday night, night under the glow of candle light, hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane, and at vigils all around Australia, to remember the life of Mauryeen and many women like her who have been killed by those who were meant to love and care for them—their...

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A community that sings together stays together.

What is it about singing that can turn complete strangers into family? ‘I have never met anyone here before, but I feel like I know everyone,’ a newcomer said in amazement at the end of one of our regular choir meetings. To her this was the most exquisite point of the evening. It was not about hitting the right note or knowing the words of the song – it was the connection that we naturally developed as we came together as a group of people from all walks of life and varying ages. All pre-concepts were dropped as we...

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Exploring the history of civil rights in Queensland

Question the notion of freedom, reflect on our collective past, and explore those civil rights won and lost at the State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) upcoming exhibitions. Opening to the public on Friday 5 May are two complementary exhibitions exploring Queensland history: Freedom Then, Freedom Now and Don’t Just Count Us, Let Us Count! Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the exhibitions offer valuable insights into civil rights in Queensland. “These exhibitions delve into our state’s recent past and reveal some of the significant legislative and cultural changes that have taken place in Queensland...

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