‘The Big Issue’ is 20 years old today.

The magazine’s anniversary edition includes an extra 28 pages, highlighting key achievements over the past two decades.

Keira Wallace reports.


It was all business for Lord Mayor Graham Quirk this morning.

But not business as usual.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “Seven dollars, 20th year edition. Big Issue.”

The Lord Mayor and his co-worker Kevin hit Brisbane streets, selling ‘The Big Issue’.

Also lending a hand, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in South Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “20 years for ‘The Big Issue’. Great value at seven dollars, and Russell, it’s a big part of your life. Happy Birthday to us. Happy Birthday to you.”

The Lord Mayor says it was a great experience.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “It’s an opportunity to join with people like Kevin to make sure they’re a welcoming part of the city and it’s great to be able to get out and experience what they experience everyday.”

Kevin says it’s an opportunity to be a part of the community.

Kevin, ‘The Big Issue’ Vendor: “Means a lot, I’d rather be out and about meeting people than staying home having nothing to do.”

More than 550 people sell ‘The Big Issue’ across the nation including 55 here in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and the Sunshine Coast.

More than 10 million copies have been sold in Australia in the last 20 years.

Keira Wallace, QUT News.