5 things you may have missed this week

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10th December 2010

1. Today (Friday) is World Human Rights Day – and plenty of Australians are getting involved. This morning, Western Australians held a breakfast event, and this afternoon there will be a lunchtime picnic in Canberra, a Refugee rights rally in Brisbane, and a concert in Adelaide. Any events we’ve missed? Let us know below!

2. It would have been hard to miss the saga of Julian Assange and Wikileaks this week – but just in case you haven’t had your fix, there’s been calls for him to be nominated for Australian of the Year, and he’s been topping the votes for TIME’s 2010 person of the year.

You can also sign our statement for freedom of information here - if we gather enough signatures, we’ll be publishing it in major American newspapers.

3. The Queensland Community Mental Health Summit was held this week, sparking impassioned debate about how mental health services might best be managed. The Minister for Mental Health also met with young people in Sydney on Wednesday, which commentators hope will lead to more funding, and new models of care.

4. There are still plenty of unanswered questions about how governments might provide community support for Indigenous groups. The Queensland government has this week put out a call for more discussion of disparities in home ownership, which comes alongside a new report revealing flaws in educational facilities.

5. While many Australians are celebrating a low unemployment rate, other studies show that this isn’t helping the increasing poverty gap for those who remain unemployed.

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    Julian Assange for Aussie of the year.

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