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New film crosses the cultural divide

Highly acclaimed writer, director, musician and now filmmaker, Girish Makwana is launching his first full length feature film, The Colour of Darkness, in Australia on Friday 19 May 2017.   Tipped to do well both in Australia and overseas, the highly anticipated movie was filmed on set in Australia and India and  explores the deep-seated cultural issues effecting Australians and Indians while delicately interweaving a romantic relationship between a young Australian journalist sent to investigate the Melbourne attacks on Indian students, and an Indian student. “The Colour of Darkness is a wonderful film set in both Australia and India which...

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Maximum dance, maximum fun, maximum fitness

Maximo Dance Studio, a Woolloongabba-based dance school and fitness facility for children and adults, has moved to new premises after 14 years of operating from the same location. To celebrate the move, which allows studio to now provide a wider range of sought after dance and fitness classes, they are throwing a Grand re-opening party on Saturday, 27th of May. The event will be an open day full of free dance & fitness classes for children and adults. Attendees will have an opportunity to try new classes for kids – yoga and DanceFIT program, which is a dance based,...

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No drug testing for welfare recipients

QCCL president, Michael Cope, said today, “The QCCL calls on the government to abandon proposals to drug test welfare recipients.” “Drug testing welfare recipients has been tried in the United States and shown repeatedly to be an expensive failure, with the programs costing more than they save” said Mr Cope. Welfare recipients are no more likely to use drugs than the rest of the population. Mr Cope said,” Random drug testing is an unreasonable search. People should only be subject to drug tests where they are suspected of wrong doing.” The US example shows drug testing was less effective...

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Law Council welcomes budget funding to CLCs

Vital new funding for the federal courts, along with the reversal of cuts to community legal centres (CLCs) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), shows that the Government is heeding the concerns of the legal profession about Australia’s justice funding. Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, said “For years the federal and family courts have been chronically underfunded, creating damaging delays and impeding access to justice. In Sydney, for example, it can take three years from the start of a family separation case to reach final judgment. “The new funding for family consultants, announced...

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Budget cuts another $303.3 million from foreign aid

Caritas Australia has expressed deep disappointment in this year’s federal budget, with a fourth consecutive cut to the overseas aid program that sees another $303.3 million taken from the poor. This comes at a time when the world is experiencing a range of unprecedented humanitarian crises, with over 20 million people facing starvation in East Africa and Yemen and tens of millions of people fleeing war and persecution in Syria. Caritas Australia’s Head of Advocacy, Negaya Chorley said these humanitarian crises combined with rising inequality and the growing impacts of climate change mean Australian leadership is now more important...

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