The rise of anti-immigration, anti-Islam movements is not just happening in Europe, where recent elections saw strong results to far-right parties, but in Australia too: The Q Society have recently hosted notorious Dutch MP Geert Wilders, and plan to start a political party; Australia First have announced support for Greek Neo-Fascist group, Golden Dawn; and Reform Australia and Rise Up Australia continue to campaign vehemently against ‘Islamic takeover’. The Afghanistan war is coming to an end, but the ideological war continues to rage. PHILLIP WELLS travels to a place in Queensland known as ‘Hell town’, with a small but growing Muslim population, to hear their experiences, and to get to the heart of the great societal debate surrounding Islam.
Whether people become homeless because of a mental illness, or they develop a mental illness while on the streets, the link between mental health and homelessness is clear. A new housing-first campaign recently surveyed the homeless in Brisbane in order to tailor individualised services, and as PHILLIP WELLS reports, housing projects are increasingly left to fill in the gaps where stretched mental health services have failed.
Teachers at the UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND who walked off the job in March are threatening to strike again unless compromise can be made in ongoing enterprise bargaining negotiations.
PHILLIP WELLS reports.