5 things you might have missed this week

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7th October 2011

This week, we despaired over a disappointing iPhone 4S, Manly and Geelong fans celebrated grand final wins, and we’re told that Bob Katter fell asleep in the tax forum. But what didn’t make the headlines this week? Here’s Andrew’s round up of the stories you might have missed.

1. Have you heard of Homovember? In response to the lack of funding for gay health issues by everybody’s favourite Movember, activist Rob Mitchell has started his own breakaway fundraiser Homovember to raise funds to help with the mental health of young same-sex attracted people. Find out more here.

In related news, after BeyondBlue Chairman Jeff Kennett’s article last month claiming without evidence that “happy heterosexual marriages” are the best for children’s mental health, the GLBTI community has been mobilising in response. Triple M presenter Tom Ballard has started a petition calling for Kennett to show leadership on combating discrimination faced by gay people. Less than a week later, his petition has more than 5000 people on board and Kennett has since stated that he is not opposed to gay parenting.

2. Amidst all the commotion this week over the proposed mandatory pre-commitment for pokies legislation and criticisms from on high delivered by NRL commentators, the public eye has been short on real experiences of those whom this legislation will help. We know there’s no shortage of stories about the dangerous effects of poker machines and addiction – so head here to tell us your story.

For a heart-breaking picture of the destruction pokies can wreak, as well as some facts and figures, take a look at this excellent piece.

3. The ever-erudite Malcom Turnbull has given a compelling speech calling on Australia to treat China with less suspicion and to lift our game as we face increasing competition from the rise of emerging economies. You can read the speech in its entirety here.

4. We like anyone who encourages people to give some of their time and money to help the community – and we’re particularly fond of WA Governor Malcolm McCusker who this week called on Western Australians to do exactly this. In particular, he singled out big business, saying they should donate more of their profits to charity to catch up with the Eastern states.

5. Is war a vital evil in the protection of human rights? ACU in Sydney has put together an expert panel of speakers to debate the ethics of war, including Claire Mallison, National Director of Amnesty International Australia. The event takes place on Thursday 20th October and is free – but bookings are essential, so get in quick! Get the latest on the event and RSVP here.

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