- 28 years since Australia's historic Mabo decision, 'there is a lot of unfinished business'
- Black Lives Matter movement prompts calls for greater focus on Indigenous history in Australian schools,
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020
|Graphic by Jesse Remedios|
As a Gay Catholic and life member of the
"Pushing the Boundaries" is going to be the title of my biography. Today I took another step in the journey of boundary pushing by applying to be a participant in the next Spencer Tunick PhotoShoot: Staying Apart Together.I was in the amazing 5000+ shoot on the steps of the Opera House back in 2010 so what better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary than an online event. No I am not in this set,but will publish our pics when they are released!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
- 3 Anniversary of Mabo Decision (1992)
- 4 International Day of Innocent Children / Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989
- 5 World Environment Day
- 8 World Oceans Day
- 10 Myall Creek Massacre
- 12 World Day Against Child Labour
- 14-20 Refugee Week
- 15-21 Men’s Health Week
- 16 International Day of the African Child
- 17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
- 20 World Refugee Day
- 21 Winter Solstice
- 23 United Nations Public Service Day
- 26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking / International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
- 30: World Social Media Day / Introduction of Unemployment Benefits Australia
Sunday, May 17, 2020
St Joseph's College,Geelong, my alma mater!!! As a life member of the St Joseph's Old Collegians Association and gay #Catholic I am proud that "Joeys"now recognises and celebrates the diversity of its community, past and present.
From the Facebook page of the College:
This week, St Joseph's College will focus on the wonderful thing that is diversity!
Normally this would involve a week of activities culminating on Diversity Day, students will still be taking part with #SJCDiversityDay on this Thursday - only this year it will be in their homes all over Geelong!
May the walls that divide us to be torn down, and to build bridges of understanding and unity. #SJCGeelong ##idahobit2020🏳️🌈
My "Coming Out" Story
- The Young ALP in Geelong
- St John’s Ambulance
- St Vincent de Paul Society
- Collingwood CYSS
- Catholics for Peace (A Melbourne based anti-war group in the 1980s)
- Palms Australia
- Friends of the ABC
- Brisbane Festival
- Annerley Community Bookshop (Now relocated at the Brisbane Braille Centre)
- Brisbane Writers Festival
- Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Archdiocese of Brisbane
- L’Arche Brisbane
- Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group
- Australian Catholics for Equality Advisory Board
Saturday, May 02, 2020
During the week another missing person notice was released by Qld Police. I only glanced at he pic and thought,"he looks familiar" but left it and moved on.
Today I discover that Scott MacKinnon was found dead at 32 in tragic circumstances.. You see I did know Scott a few years ago when I was involved with the Jane Street Community Garden.
Scott was one of those guys that was always in the background quietly doing the real shit without seeking accolades. He was the guy who taught me so much about composting and how to turn the stuff correctly in the different bins. He was a beautiful young man who smiled and patiently explained the composting cycle with understanding and commitment to creating gardens that supported communities.
My heart is grieving for this loss.We weren't close mates but he always stopped to talk and we shared some laughs and I learnt the power of coffee grains in the soil from this wonderful man.
There is a moving tribute to Scott over at the Food Connect Brisbane Facebook Page. It finishes with a sentiment that I will echo: "We are all in shock, and we'll miss you, Scott. You were an integral part of our whole. We'll strive to honour your memory by continuing the fight for a fairer food system and a kinder society."
Scott's family have asked us not to send flowers, but a small donation to the Human Connection Project would be appreciated.
If any of you find reading this difficult, please seek help. There are caring and dedicated people on the following numbers who can offer assistance.
- Lifeline: Call 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: Call 1300 224 636
- Headspace: Call 1800 650 890
There are also Mental Health First Aid Courses available at Red Cross and St John's Ambulance, if you're interested in enhancing your skills to respond to members in your own community.
Friday, April 24, 2020
2 World Naked Gardening Day/
World Labyrinth Day
3 World Press Freedom Day
3-9 International Composting Awareness Week Australia
5 International Day of the Midwife /
World Asthma Day
7 Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy
8-9 Remembrance of those who lost their lives during the Second World War
10 Mothers Day
World Lupus Day
15 International Day of Families
17 IDAHOBIT Day
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
18-24 National Volunteers Week
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 International Day for Biological Diversity
24-30 National Palliative Care Week
Food Allergy Awareness Week
25-31 Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
26 National Sorry Day
27 - 3 June Reconciliation Week
29 White Wreath Day / International Day of UN Peacekeepers
31 World MS Day
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever.
While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.
We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever.
On April 22, join us for 24 hours of action in a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet.
Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.
While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.
No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.
Visit earthday.org on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
I am ashamed and embarrassed by the dominant culture of the LNP.
I call on the Member for Brisbane, Trevor Evans MP to denounce this behaviour by his colleagues