Yarra City Council has raised the rainbow flag to help LGBTIQ Australians to marry

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Yarra City Council has further support Australian marriage equality and has promised to fly the rainbow flag at three town halls on 12 May until the Australian Marriage Act changing.

On 17 May, Darebin Councillors voted to fly the rainbow flag until marriage equality is law, it joined Surf Coast and Yarra Councils, who are also taking this stand.

Amanda Stone, a Yarra Mayor Councillor, said the Council was proud to stand together with the majority of Australians to strengthen marriage equality.

“Currently in Australia, people are being denied equal and fair treatment under the law due their sexuality or gender identity. There is no excuse for this kind of discrimination in 2017,” said Cr Stone.

1.jpegDonald Trump unfurled a large rainbow flag. Picture: CARLO ALLEGRI / REUTERS

Compared to the general population, LGBTI people are more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime.

LGBTIQ people are twice as likely as the general population to experience poor mental health outcomes. This is directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse on the basis of being LGBTI,” said Cr Stone.


Source: National LGBTI Health Alliance

Same-sex marriage debate is a hot topic in Australia, it is still the only major English-speaking nation not to allow same-sex marriage anywhere in its borders.

“A community flag pole was recently installed at Richmond Town Hall, with flag poles due to be installed at Collingwood and Fitrzoy town halls this month. We will fly the rainbow flag at each of these locations until marriage equality is achieved,” Cr Stone said.


Protesters at a marriage equality rally outside Sydney Town Hall. Photo: AFP / Citizenside

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is believed to have made assurances to his Coalition’s anti-LGBT wing that he would seek a public vote before any legislation on same-sex marriage, and the leader recently has required a quick vote in Parliament to resolve the issue.

He refuses to permit a free Parliamentary vote on equal marriage, “There should be a plebiscite on the issue first,” Malcolm Turnbull said.


Source: 2014, Crosby Textor, Australian Marriage Equality

Research conducted by Crosby Textor in 2014 found that 77% of Australians believe there should be a free vote on marriage equality.

“In addition, we will write to each member of Federal Parliament urging them to amend the Commonwealth Marriage Act. It’s time for the Federal Government to put politics aside and end the unjust exclusion of the LGBTIQ community from the right to marry,” Cr Stone said.


Facebook chief executive would strengthen a global community


Mark Zuckerberg reported his quarterly results and gave an update on his progress connecting the world. Picture: Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook


Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg would improve community operations team to deal with dangerous situation on Facebook.

On Wed May 3, Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook announced Facebook would add 3,000 people for “community operations team” around the world to help stopping hurt video, speech, children abuse and suicide case on the website.

4500 existing people in community operations team reviewed the millions of reports per week and respond quickly.

In April, the previous cases of suicide and murder through live broadcast on Facebook.

Steve Stephens, a suspect in the US, said he had killed 13 people and would find more victims in video post on Facebook.

In the same month, a 21-year-old man killed his daughter and suicide on Facebook live.

Mark Zuckerberg said their next attention is to build community.

“If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner-whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down,” said Mr Zuckerberg.

The community now has more than 1.9 billion people, about 1.3 billion people active every day.

“My hope is to help more than 1 billion people join very meaningful groups to strengthen our social fabric over the next few years,” he said.

These reviewers will help the community to eliminate injured events like hate speech and self-harm broadcast on Facebook.

SiJie, a resident of Massachusetts, said she appreciated Zuckerberg Facebook profile and his efforts to try to improve it, but she did not think waiting for someone to report a horror will not stop the event occurring.

In a post on Mark Zuckerberg Facebook, he said the company would make a new tools to manage the millions of content reports per week and keep the community safe.

“We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help. As these become available they should help make our community safer,” he said.

He added he would build a useful technology at F8 through the camera to become the “first mainstream augmented reality platform”.

“I’m excited to get virtual and augmented reality in more of your hands soon,” he said.

Amber, a student in Melbourne, said Facebook was a place connecting the whole world, it was difficult to prevent painful events and she would continue concern the improvement of community operations team.

Yarra City Council is working to reimagine security Victoria Street

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Victoria Street now faces challenges in relation to public safety, live ability, and often the result of drug-related activity. To solve this issue, the Yarra City Council are planning to launch The Reimagining Victoria Street Community Engagement Project in March 2017.

The Victoria Street is one of the major thoroughfares of inner Melbourne, running east-west for over 6 kilometres between Munster Terrace in North Melbourne and the Yarra River. The Yarra City Council focus on in-depth discussion with the community about improving public safety, live ability and prosperity in Victoria Street, Richmond and Abbotsford.

“The issues in Victoria Street are complex and entrenched. Addressing them will take a collaborative effort from the all levels of government, Victoria Police, health service providers and the community,” said Yarra City Council Mayor, Councillor Amanda Stone.

The Yarra Council will work with local residents, traders and other key stakeholders on creating a shared vision for the popular shopping and dining precinct.

“Council is well aware of the issues, but the residents and traders who live and work in the area every day have a unique and valuable perspective. Through their insight and ideas, we can start to form a new vision for Victoria Street,” said Amanda Stone.

The Yarra City Council are planning to gather residents’ experiences of living, working and visiting Victoria Street and the surrounding area from 6 February to 6 March 2017.

To enhance the road safety, the state government implemented a strategy which fund the installation of CCTV cameras on Victoria Street to support the police working.

The State Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne (Labor), the State Member for Richmond, told YR “An investment of $250,000 will establish the CCTV implementation in Richmond, and will include an expert CCTV consultant to help design the camera network and ensure the police have coverage where it needs it.”