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Sunday, 27 April 2014

G20 Volunteer Program launched

The Prime Minister of Australia launched the G20 Volunteer Program on Sunday 27 April 2014. The launch marks the commencement of recruitment for up to 700 volunteer positions to support the delivery of the G20 Summit in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014. The Volunteer Program is an exciting and unique opportunity for Australians to become involved in the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has ever hosted. The G20 Volunteer Program is open to all Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents over 18 years (on or before 15 July). We do ask that volunteers ensure they are available for at least six shifts between 10 and 17 November 2014.
Please click here for more information. 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Apr 10th - Sophie Collombet Candlelight Vigil

I don't usually post things that make Brisbane look bad.
I am making an exception because it is tragic that 4 international students have been murdered in the last 4 months. It is a pretty unusual string of events. I don't think that Brisbane is dangerous but obviously not as safe as we want to believe. None of the events were targeted at international students. There are no links between them.
According to the Courier Mail, students from Brisbane’s Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology will hold a candlelight vigil for murdered French student Sophie Collombet at King George Square at 6.30pm before walking to Kurilpa Park.
Friends of Ms Collombet are expected to speak at the event.
The idea of the event is to raise awareness about violence against women and to commemorate the life of Sophie who tragically lost her life.
According to the Courier Mail, students from Brisbane’s Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology will hold a candlelight vigil for murdered French student Sophie Collombet at King George Square at 6.30pm before walking to Kurilpa Park.
Friends of Ms Collombet are expected to speak at the event.
The idea of the event is to raise awareness about violence against women and to commemorate the life of Sophie who tragically lost her life. Stay away from parks at dark hours and try not to walk alone.
For more information about the murders go to
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-02/students-killed-in-brisbane-since-november/5361056

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Let's paint the town orange
Take a stand against bullying and violence.

On Friday, 21 March 2014, schools across Australia will join together to mark the fourth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This annual day provides a focus for schools to say Bullying. No Way! and to strengthen their everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time. The National Day of Action occurs on the third Friday in March each year and is organised by all Australian education authorities through the Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group.