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“Pie in the Sky”, by Remy Lai – Brisbane book launch

PIE IN THE SKY, is a new middle-grade prose/graphic novel hybrid just released by Walker Books Australia. The book’s Brisbane launch will be on Friday the 21st of June 2019 at West End’s Where the Wild Things Are, where author Remy Lai will be in conversation with fellow children’s author, Richard Newsome. Brisbane-based Remy Lai, was born in Indonesia and grew up in Singapore, and the story was inspired by her experiences of crossing cultures and learning to become a global citizen. About the Book Pie in the Sky is a funny, sensitive, heavily illustrated read about belonging that will...

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Dear Dr Google… Am I a bad mother?

Each year thousands of parents experience depression and anxiety related to the birth of their baby, but many don’t realise they may have a mental health condition. A new Beyond Blue analysis has found many parents are reluctant to have an open conversation about their feelings and instead seek answers online to questions they’re too afraid to ask aloud. Both women and men can experience perinatal depression and anxiety, with risks increasing during pregnancy and the 12 months following birth. Each year one in ten women will experience depression during pregnancy, one in six women will experience postnatal depression...

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Buddha Birth Day Festival returns to Brisbane

The Buddha Birth Day Festival returns to Brisbane for its 23rd birthday and kicking off the celebrations on Wednesday 3 April with the official Lighting of over 1,000 Red Chinese Lanterns hanging throughout the South Bank Parklands. By the time the Festival begins on May 03, more than 2,500 Red Lanterns will light up the Parklands. With the inclusion of energy saving LED globes together with a range of other sustainable measures, the Festival is now recognised as the largest accredited Climate Friendly Event in the Southern Hemisphere. The Red Chinese Lanterns date back to the early Han Dynasty...

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EDOs of Australia welcome Labor commitment to restore funding

The Environmental Defenders Offices (EDO) of Australia have welcomed a commitment by the Australian Labor Party to reinstate Commonwealth funding to EDO’s nationally. West End based EDO QLD will receive a share of a $14 million package to be provided for the eight EDOs across Australia over four years. In a statement, Jo-Anne Bragg, Convenor of EDOs of Australia and CEO of EDO Qld said: “Every Australian wants to ensure their environment is protected – whether it’s prime agricultural land, our National Parks, the Great Barrier Reef, the Murray Darling, the Kimberley, or a piece of local bushland that’s...

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Two Queensland Prisons to be returned to public control

This week the Palaszczuk Government announced its decision to transfer two Correctional Centres from private to public control. While Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) runs most of Queensland’s prisons, the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre has been managed by the GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd, and the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre has been managed by Serco Australia Pty Ltd. In July last year, the government announced it had suspended the tender processes for these two privately operated prisons pending government consideration of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) Taskforce Flaxton Final Report. Taskforce Flaxton was established to examine corruption and corruption...

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