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Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Australia’s leadership lagging on social progress

Australia’s government is currently circulating a public survey, or something to that effect, on the topic of same-sex marriage. Many are questioning why that country’s leaders are taking this decision to this method of public consultation.

Online news source The Conversation writes in an editorial 

As the nation continues to wrangle over same-sex marriage – when much of the developed world has long since resolved the issue – it might be tempting to wonder if we’ve always been a little conservative on social change, hamstrung by a collective fear of the new. But as Frank Bongiorno writes, it hasn’t always been the case – you need only look at Australia’s early embrace of women’s suffrage, for example, to see that we were once pioneers rather than laggards on social progression.

What’s happening, Bongiorno argues, is a profound failure of leadership rather than any innate cultural problem. Political leaders are trailling behind public opinion rather than doing anything to influence it.

Read their whole story on the topic here.

Possum Magic

Woolworths is co-launching a limited-edition of colourful $2 coins featuring characters from the iconic Australian children’s book, Possum Magic.

The coins are minted by The Royal Australian Mint but will be released to the public through Woolworths tills and feature Possum Magic’s main character, Hush, along with a colourful “magical dust” rings.

A limited-edition Possum Magic Coin Collection album will also be sold through Woolworths and the Royal Australian Mint. The coins are designed to mark the Children’s Book Council of Australia Children’s Book Week.

“We hope the release of the coin collection provides more opportunities for grandparents, parents and children alike to engage with this iconic story and perhaps even try recreating the famous dishes contained in the book,” said Woolworths Program Manager, Sarah De La Mare.

The first $2 design in the coin series has already been released into Woolworths registers. The second design will be released 22 August 2017 and the final design 29 August 2017. The coin collection album can be purchased for AUD $15 from Woolworths supermarkets and the Royal Australian Mint.

Thanks to Charlie Powell for bringing this to our attention.

Annual Golf Tournament

Feel like playing a round?

Then this is your last chance to sign up for the annual DUCW Golf tournament on THIS Saturday:

  • Saturday August 19
  • The Players, 2695 Park Royale Way (Inkster Way)
  • 11:00 am for 18 holes
  • 1:15 pm for 9 holes

Call Peter Munn TODAY at 204-237-1805.

Fun to a Tee!