The NSW Parliamentary Research Service has produced an ‘issues backgrounder’ on medical cannabis. It covers cannabis and the law in NSW and in other states, discusses relevant Commonwealth law and looks at medical use of cannabis in selected countries. It traces the discussion of medical use of cannabis back as far as the NSW Government investigation announced in 1999.
In My Shoes
What’s it like growing up transgender? 'In My Shoes' asks five transgender young people what it's like to be them - the awesome times, the challenges and how they've gotten through them.
This short, collaborative documentary film is an initiative of the Transgender Anti-Violence Project at The Gender Centre Inc., NSW and is produced by Tahlia Trijbetz, the Transgender Anti-Violence Project (TAVP) Officer.
The Find Legal Answers website can help you find further information about discrimination.
Malala Day is July 14 (Malala’s birthday).
Malala Day is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard …
I’m asking you to stand with me again on Malala Day to say: We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.
Visit the website to find out more about her incredible story of courage in standing up for the right to an education
The Y20 Australia 2014 summit is taking place in Sydney, Australia this week (12-15 July 2014).
The Summit will host 120 youth delegates from G20 member countries, representing the best and brightest young people from across the world and 12 delegates from invited guest nations (Myanmar, Senegal, Singapore, New Zealand, Spain and the Head of the African Union).
The best and brightest young people from across the world will be invited to consider the key themes of the summit and work collaboratively to devise solutions to issues that not only factor strongly in the 2014 G20 but are also extremely salient issues for young people – growth and jobs creation; global citizenship; and sustainable development.
An article by Pro Bono Australia says that rising levels of youth unemployment will be the key issue to be addressed at this year’s Y20 Youth Summit. According to the Y20 Planning Group, globally, more than 651 million young people are not in employment, education or training and in every G20 nation, the rate of youth unemployment is double or triple that of adults.
Y20 Planning Group Chair Holly Ransom said this was a trend that needed to be immediately addressed.
Youth unemployment can be looked at as being a catalyst for many other difficulties experienced throughout life
Holly Ransom (aged 23) has been named by the Financial Review and Westpac as one of the 100 Most Influential Australian Women.
Books in Finnish now available!
Did you know you can borrow books in Finnish from the State Library of NSW?
The collection contains books for adults, including fiction across a range of genres and non-fiction on subjects such as travel, history, health, society and much more. Children’s books are also available.
Just ask at your local New South Wales public library and the staff will order some for you!
We’ve recently found a 1964 NAIDOC poster from the records of the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney. It is the oldest NAIDOC poster known to exist and features 12 year-old Rosie Clayton of Balranald holding a big koala on a visit to Taronga Zoo.
Indigenous Australian soldiers
Through the Digital Excellence program funded by the NSW Government, the State Library is fast-tracking the large-scale digitisation of its extensive WWI content, including some 1140 volumes of diaries and letters, photographs, maps, newspapers and posters. Upon completion the project will produce approximately 100,000 digitised pages, making them easily accessible and freely available to the public.
In an effort to assist clients in finding quality information, the State Library has also developed a Research Guide, World War I and Australia.
Within this research guide there are many sub-sections, including one entitled Indigenous Australian soldiers.
This research guide contains a brief insight into the lives of Indigenous servicemen of World War I. It provides access to many portraits that have been digitised as part of the Digital Excellence program and links to further readings.
The Tenants’ Union of NSW has a new logo and poster:
It’s bright and colourful, and we hope it evokes the work we do: helping tenants find the key to asserting their rights. We’ve also produced a new poster in collaboration with the Find Legal Answers website of the State Library of NSW.
The poster promotes the Tenants Rights Manual - our practical, up-to-date guide to renting which is available free online and in NSW Public Libraries. 2,500 copies of the poster are in the mail to community organisations and being put up in cafes around NSW. If you’d like (more) copies please email us! Also, we’d love you to take a photo of the poster in your community and email it to us or post it on our Facebook page.
Victims of violent crime - lasting effects
A new study by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) provides compelling evidence that being a victim of violent crime has a damaging effect on mental health, particularly for women.
The Bureau used data from a national survey, conducted over ten years to find out what happens to the mental health of men and women who experience violence or property crime.
Read the report: Understanding the relationship between crime victimisation and mental health: A longitudinal analysis of population data by Karen Freeman and Nadine Smith.
Information for victims of crime is available on the Find Legal Answers website.