Last week I met two formerly homeless women, Leona and Kellie. I was surprised that they were very much like me, ordinary Australians who, through an unfortunate set of life circumstances, had found themselves homeless.
“I wasn’t really funny as a kid and I had to become funny fairly quickly because I went to nine schools.”
Many of the volunteers have been involved with Ekka since they can remember and often the baton handed down through the generations.
Mark Isaacs has just returned from spending ten months on Nauru working with the Salvation Army.
Colour stations set up along the five kilometre course welcomed the runners with bursts of coloured powder and clouds of powder could be seen from across the course.
“We are constantly bombarded by press releases from the Labor Government at the moment. We are also deluged with emails from a stream of active and dynamic PR firms in Brisbane.”
More than 500 motorbike riders turned out on Sunday in a massive display of support for the annual Black Dog Ride.
Speakers from ethnic interest groups, representatives from mainstream and alternative media and interested parties joined in a spirited discussion about the lack of news coverage given to smaller groups within Australia and what those groups can do to resolve this issue.
Image: Cas at her computer. Credit: none. In 2007, my son was contemplating the end of junior high school and the forthcoming importance of his senior study years. It was at this junction in his education when I saw a documentary about an American father who had never finished high school and decided that he would go back to school with his sons in order to better himself and help his sons complete their senior years. I wondered whether there was any opportunity in Australia for me to do this also. My senior high school years had come to an abrupt halt halfway through year eleven in 1977 because I could no longer apply myself to study when there was… Read More →
The scene at Kingston station after a train hit a commuter, 19 February, 2013. Credit: Brooke Matthews (supplied to author) By Cas Allan, 19 February, 2013 Commuters on the Brisbane to Gold Coast railway had a long wait this afternoon after an incident at Loganlea station. “Just before 5pm a woman was hit by a train in an apparent attempt at self harm,” said a Queensland Police spokesperson. The injured woman was transported to the Prince Alfred Hospital however her condition is not known at this stage. Commuters at Loganlea and other stations queued patiently while trains in both directions were halted for emergency services to gain access. Train services were still experiencing delays at 8pm this evening. This work… Read More →