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The Long Road Home | On Dit

The following interview was with David in 2009.   “When I was in primary school, and they asked you to put your hand up, asking what you wanted to be to be in life, I didn’t stick up my hand saying that I wanted to be a drunk on the street…” he laughs. “I had a family, I had a house, I never thought that within six months that I’d be wondering the streets just looking for somewhere to sleep.” David is homeless but he works as a vendor for the Big Issue. David had completed a TAFE course, had a job, a home and was a sole parent with a 15-year-old daughter. However, after injuring his back at work one day, things took a turn for the worst. “Because I couldn’t do the work, I ended up as a host employ- ee, but I couldn’t do my job anymore and then my daughter decided to leave, so then I just decided to pack up and come to Adelaide for an adventure.” “I ended up …

Marriage equality campaigners vow to keep fighting after ‘disappointing’ ruling | The Age

Supporters of marriage equality have vowed to continue campaigning after the High Court gave a green light to the same-sex marriage postal vote. Campaigning for the “yes” vote started almost immediately after the decision was handed down on Thursday afternoon, with supporters handing out pamphlets outside the High Court and neighbouring Flagstaff railway station. But the verdict has stirred up real concerns among members of the LGBTI community who feared the debate had given rise to intolerance they had not seen in decades. Wil Strack, 52, was among the campaigners outside court and said she was “very disappointed with the decision”. “If it has to happen then now we need to go full swing into the campaign,” the Footscray woman said. “It impacts on me, I’d like to marry my partner. We had a ceremony last year with our family and friends because we got tired of waiting. “Now that we know the decision, we just really need to get on and campaign. “We’d like it to be legal, the kids would like it to be legal. We’re expecting another grandchild next year and …