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The Healing Foundation: What’s your role on National Sorry Day

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THE Healing Foundation is calling on all Australians to ask what they can do to contribute to the healing of the nation, as we come together to commemorate National Sorry Day. On 26 May each year we acknowledge Sorry Day to mark the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report into the Australian Parliament in 1997. The report detailed the history of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, under laws enacted by Australian governments. The Healing Foundation Chair Professor Steve Larkin said the Bringing Them Home report gave voice to…

Deadly new surge in South Asia threatens to reverse global gains against the COVID-19 pandemic and have disproportionate impact on children

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Statement by George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia KATHMANDU, 4 May 2021 – “The scenes we are witnessing in South Asia are unlike anything our region has seen before. Family members of patients are pleading for help as the region reels under an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen. Exhausted health workers are being pushed to the brink of collapse. We are faced with a real possibility that our health systems will be strained to a breaking point – leading to even more loss of life. “Urgent action and steadfast leadership are indispensable to stop the catastrophe. Governments must do…

Older women lost in housing

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They call themselves OWLS. Despite the fact that women over fifty-five are the fastest growing cohort of people facing homelessness in Australia, ‘Older Women Lost in Housing’ are neglected in discussions of housing insecurity in this country. Older women facing homelessness are often described as ‘invisible’. Fifty per cent of women approaching retirement age in Australia have a superannuation balance of $50,000 or less, compared with thirty-three per cent of men. Older women in Australia face a multitude of issues including housing stress, insecurity and homelessness that directly stem from lifelong structural gender disadvantage including superannuation and ageism in the…

Beerstronomy gives star lovers a chance to taste the cosmos

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Melbournians will finally be given a chance to taste the cosmos as The Grape & Grain, one of the city’s friendliest bottleshops and pubs, hosts a fundraising trivia night for the Astronomical Society of Victoria and their Pathway to the Planets Program, which aims to provide access for people living with a disability to experience astronomy, on Wednesday, 21 April. ASV Event Coordinator, Mark Iscaro, said the Karma Keg is perfect for beerstronomers – people who are passionate about local craft beer and the wonders of the night sky. “A lot of people I know who drink craft beer are…

Coronial Inquest into death of Veronica Marie Nelson to examine healthcare in Victorian prisons and bail laws

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Today the Coroner postponed the date of the Inquest into the death of Veronica Marie Nelson. The Inquest will now commence on 26 April 2022. The Coroner also provided the parties a further opportunity to make submissions regarding expert evidence and outstanding requests for evidence. Veronica Marie Nelson was a strong Gunditjmara, Dja Dja Wurrung, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She was connected to her culture and close to her family and community. She was 37 years old when she died at Dame Phillis Frost Centre in Victoria, only 3 days after being arrested and refused bail for shoplifting-related offences.…

The Coo-Wee Ride provides shelter for veterans; Rallies for flood-stricken farmers

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THE Coo-Wee Ride, a charity in Seymour, Victoria, that supports veterans and farmers suffering mental health issues, impressively raised $20,000 for the Goorambat Veterans Retreat just outside of Benalla.  The retreat is now in the process of building two 3.7 by 7-metre sleeping pods – bedrooms – for veterans from around the country who visit the retreat for respite and much-needed mental health support. Matt Aldridge, a farmer from Northwood, well-known for his annual charity bike rides around the Seymour region and Victoria took to the road again on Wednesday, March 24 and rode a leg-burning 175 kilometres from Tallarook…

TPG Telecom dials up to 100% renewable electricity

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Telco giant TPG Telecom, one of Australia’s top energy users, has dialled up its clean energy ambition and committed to power its Australian operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. TPG Telecom, which owns major communications and technology brands including Vodafone, AAPT and iiNet, is estimated to consume well over 200,000 MWh of electricity each year. It is the second major telecommunications company to commit to 100% renewable electricity, following Telstra making the switch last year.  Lindsay Soutar, REenergise campaign director at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, said TPG Telecom switching to clean energy shows that Australia’s telcos are getting the message on emissions…

Wildlife Friendly Vets

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Call for Nominations: Helping our vets support our wildlife From today, nominations can be submitted via: www.wildlifeheroes.org.au/wildlife-friendly-vets/ Just over twelve months on from Black Summer, the worst wildlife disaster in modern history, the New South Wales floods have brought further devastation to native wildlife across the state, with the full extent of the impact remaining unknown.  In New South Wales alone, a minimum of $1.8 million of free vet services are administered to wildlife each year, with this figure estimated to be far greater following recent disasters. Veterinarians report that many aspects of their formal education had not adequately prepared…

Westernport community rejoices as AGL’s controversial gas terminal rejected

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The Westernport Bay community is celebrating today after Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne rejected a proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point. The controversial project faced sustained and overwhelming opposition from a broad alliance of groups, including fishing businesses, the tourism industry, environment groups and local MPs. Save Westernport spokesperson Jane Carnegie said: “Science and good sense has won out. The government has listened to us and to the thousands of people in our community who have worked tirelessly to save our beautiful environment from a potential catastrophe.” “Westernport Bay was never the place for such a monstrous, environmentally damaging project. “AGL’s…

It is time for a Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

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Joint Media Release from Djirra and Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service: We call on the Victorian Government to immediately establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.  The Commissioner must be sufficiently resourced and empowered to undertake an independent review into the implementation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The recommendations of the Commission have never been fully implemented, there is still no accurate evaluation nor accountability for the implementation of those 339 recommendations. Instead, the…

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