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The Big Issue celebrates 600 editions

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Chances are you have seen The Big Issue magazine being sold on street corners right across the country.

The vendors are easily identifiable with their bright yellow vests, and big, red logo.

The Big Issue first started in Australia in Melbourne back in 1996. 23 years later, it’s sold all around Australia.

On Friday, the fortnightly magazine released its 600th edition – an amazing feat for any publication.

It’s more than just a magazine though because The Big Issue is a “no barrier work opportunity”, according to editor Amy Hetherington.

“Our vendors are experiencing homelessness or disadvantage of some kind.”

“Whenever you buy a Big Issue magazine, you’re directly supporting the person you’re buying it from.”

Amy says while most people buy the magazine to support the vendors, it’s full of fantastic pieces.

They’ve interviewed big name stars like Cold Chisel (who’ve graced the cover of this issue), Antonio Banderas, plus they have essays, profiles of vendors, photo features and a cracking crossword.

The Big Issue helps people in difficult situations to overcome challenges and integrate back into the community.