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Knives and spoons. Political lives.

Amanda Parkinson If the former leader of the Labor party, Julia Gillard, thought yesterday was tough, she might take comfort knowing this short sightedness will be superseded by a strong legacy. In the three years her government has held office they have watched a country be halted by floods, fires and cyclones. She has attended … Continue reading

Changing the face of queer society.

This will be an evolving post as I listen and research further but here is the start of an idea. A challenge. A thought. Please comment and add your own thoughts. It feels like there is a disconnect between queer environments which are liberating because they create an environment where queer intimacy is encouraged and … Continue reading

Between the sheets with ACON

First published: By Amanda Parkinson Women often skim over the gory details of issues that lurk under the covers, but the reality is sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise. Statistics show genital herpes is the most common STI, affecting 1 in 6 Australian women. ACON is New South Wales’ sexual health promotion … Continue reading

Gay, straight or neither?

The constant misconception surrounding bisexuals is perpetuated by a fundamental prejudice that exists in both heterosexual and queer communities. Bisexuality is the sexual attraction to both men and woman yet often bisexuals are made to feel their sexual orientation is illegitimate by defamatory statements made out of ignorance. Within the LGBT community the line “bisexuals are just greedy,” or … Continue reading

Stronger Futures for who?

By Amanda Parkinson The government has committed a further $5.2 billion in this year’s budget to its programs Close The Gap and Stronger Futures. Treasury claims the 13.5 billion committed over the next ten years will create safer communities and improve living standards for disadvantaged indigenous Australians.  In a statement released by the treasury’s office, the government … Continue reading

Close the Gap – Australia’s OWS

Close the Gap is a national initiative to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders standard of living, particularly health care. Today over 40 indigenous and non-indigenous organisations will unite in an effort to raise awareness about the deficit Australia’s indigenous community face. Close the Gap: Indigenous Health Campaign The campaign’s goal is to close the … Continue reading

Social housing in crisis

Homelessness in Australia is on the rise. Each night 105,000 people sleep in hostels, temporary living or on the street, as inflated rental and housing prices continue to render people homeless. In a statement released by the Department of Housing, it was said it could take up to three years to place new applicants into … Continue reading

‘No Confidence’ Convoy or Convoy Cancelled?

Canberra was subjected to a ‘convoy of no consequence’ or so it would seem as Alan Jones and his certifiable cronies attempted to create mayhem on the lawns of parliament. As the ‘No Confidence’ convoy circumnavigated State Circle, propaganda was expelled from the mouths of NLP and anti-carbon tax lobbyist. ‘This is the greatest insult … Continue reading

The intolerance of religion – QLD Christians make absurd claims about gay marriage

STATUS AND COMMENTS TAKEN FROM FACEBOOK Nadine: I USED to be a proud Queenslander, but tonight, the state of our government disgusts me!!! It has been the way for civilization for thousands of years but now all of a sudden we think we know what is best for humanity and the future generations!? Shame on … Continue reading

A Slippery Slope for Speakership

Amanda Parkinson If Harry Jenkins thought yesterday was tough, the avuncular former Speaker might take comfort knowing things could be far worse. Of the 27 speakers who have occupied the stately chair in the House of Representatives, two have died while in office and one, memorably, on the green carpeted floor of the house. Then … Continue reading

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