Women in IR

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We were really happy to be invited to speak at the Women in IR Lunch in Brisbane today. The event was co-hosted by the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and Queensland Working Women’s Service Inc/Working Women Queensland. It brought together some great women (and men), who are at the forefront of industrial relations in Queensland. The annual event typically provides an opportunity for attendees to network with like minded colleagues and hear from guest speakers on relevant IR topics. This year’s guest speakers included: Senator Claire Moore, Labor Senator for Queensland, Terri Butler MP, Labor Member for Griffith, Rosslyn Monroe, CEO, Women’s Legal Services, Kerriann Dear, Director, Working Women Queensland, and our very own, home grown Dr-girl, Catherine Demosthenous!  The topic was “Domestic Violence: What happens when it doesn’t stay at home“. Beginning on a hip hip hooray note, a big, bold CONGRATS to Kerriann Dear and all of the workers at Queensland Working Women’s Service (QWWS) on 20 Years of support to Queensland working women, and best of luck for the future! And a special thank you to the women from Aboriginal Family Legal Services Southern Queensland who drove down from Roma to attend. While some workplaces have implemented (or are implementing) strategies to support …

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Congratulations Congress

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Congratulations to the newly elected co-chairs of the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Dr Jackie Huggins and Rod Little.

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DATSIP Business Procurement Workshops

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It’s not easy running a research business.  How do you submit a conforming tender to bid for government contracts? How do you differentiate your business from your competitors? What are the programs available that can help your business? Lots of questions – and even more answers at the DATSIP Business Procurement Workshop for owners and operators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses! It was great to have an opportunity to learn from experts in the field, who could draw any crowd, not just ResearchCrowd lol. A big THANKS to DATSIP, who ran the night in partnership with the Department of State Development. It was also great to be able to reconnect, network and meet new people, and share the experience with them.

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A Dressing Down

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“David Jones is proud to have Adam Goodes, a powerful and inspirational Australian, join its family of ambassadors,”  it said in a statement. The big retailer went on to say that it was disappointed with the reaction to Adam’ Goodes’ appointment, after its Facebook page was flooded with hate-filled comments. “Didn’t really like David Jones as a store or chain but can be sure I will never set foot or spend a cent in there now”. “David Jones where all the sooks go.” “Boo.” There were also a couple of comments that questioned whether “booing” Adam Goodes on the football field was about racism. “I like where he’s coming from but he just does it the wrong way.”               “As far as his strutting on the field like he did, nobody boos the New Zealanders for doing the Haka”. “He’s a bit outspoken, Goodsey.” Adam Goodes said he was excited to work with David Jones. “I am committed to using my name to advocate the things that are important to me, especially education, to create a better Australia for all Australians and I believe this role will give me the opportunity to do this.” Appointing Adam …

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