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From ‘Villages of Idiots’ to tourism destination: Unshackling the mentally ill in Indonesia

Posted June 24, 2018 05:50:43 Photo: Tens of thousands of Indonesians with mental disorder were still shackled in 2016. (Human Rights Watch: Andrea Star Reese) In a cluster of villages in the Ponorogo district in Indonesia‘s East Java province, there exists an unusually high concentration of people who are living …

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Host/Havas’ Palau Pledge leads Aussie Grand Prix haul at Cannes Lions

The Palau Pledge, an Australian-founded conservation effort that changed immigration law in the Micronesian nation, is the most celebrated winner at Cannes Lions winning three Grand Prix gongs on the final night of the festival. It scored both the esteemed Titanium Grand Prix and the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Grand Prix. Earlier in the …

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Dark Mofo tourism bonanza needs to go regional next, tourism body says

Updated June 23, 2018 21:44:32 Photo: The installation Spectra by Japanese sound and light artist Ryoji Ikeda shoots light 15 kilometres into the Hobart skies. (Supplied: MONA/Jesse Hunniford) Tasmania’s tourism industry body is urging regional areas of the state to look at ways to attract tourists flocking to capital Hobart …

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Host/Havas’ Palau Pledge leads Aussie Grand Prix haul

The Palau Pledge, an Australian-founded conservation effort that changed immigration law in the Micronesian nation, is the most celebrated winner at Cannes Lions winning three Grand Prix gongs on the final night of the festival. It scored both the esteemed Titanium Grand Prix and the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Grand Prix. Earlier in the …

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Crikey! Crocs heading south and other changes forecast for Australia’s wildlife

The chances of limiting climate change appear to be growing slimmer by the day — and this may have big implications for Australia’s wildlife. Recently a number of crocodiles have been trapped in the Mary River, just 105 kilometres north of Noosa and 250km south of their usual range. Irukandji …

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The Palau Pledge is the big winner at the Cannes Lions

The Palau Pledge, a tourism campaign that doubled as an environmental preservation effort, emerged as the most celebrated winner with three Grand Prix on the final night of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. On Friday night, it earned both the coveted Titanium Grand Prix as well as the …

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Pressure builds to close ‘birth tourism’ loophole for getting citizenship

Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido is optimistic that he can persuade federal ministers to curb so-called birth tourism, as pressure for action mounts in B.C. “We are reaching a tipping point,” he said. “Nurses have told me that this is displacing folks from giving birth in Richmond.” The number of babies born …

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Tourism Australia scores gold at Cannes and Host/Havas win first Grand Prix for Australia

Host/Havas have been awarded Cannes Lions’ highest honour, a Grand Prix, for its work on the ‘Palau Pledge’ campaign. Achieving the award in the Direct Lions category, this is the first Grand Prix for Australia at this year’s awards. The work also won silver in the Media category. Host/Havas earned …

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‘Get off your arses’ says Federal Agriculture Minister in urging Australians to travel to the outback

Posted June 22, 2018 06:07:18 Photo: The Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is urging Australians to visit the Australian outback to boost regional economies. (Supplied: David Littleproud) The Federal Agriculture Minister has called for Australians to “get off their arses and get out there” to support farmers and graziers in …

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Revealed: The 2018 Women in Travel Winners!

While the night is still young here at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, the awards have been and gone. Which means we can finally share the 2018 Women in Travel winners with you! This inspirational night was one to remember, with some truly amazing women winning in each category. Champagne …

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