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October 15, 2013

The International Day of the Girl Child – The Importance of Education

I listened to an interview on the ABC with Malala Yousafzai on Friday morning on my way to work.  I learned two things, it was the International Day of the […]
October 24, 2013

Anti Poverty Week highlights inequalities in our country.

Last week was Anti-Poverty Week.  I’m not sure yet of the numbers of people and organisations who supported the week by attending events or by putting on their own activities […]
October 25, 2013

Silencing minorities and difference is dangerous

Alan Barth wrote, “Majorities, of course, are often mistaken.  This is why the silencing of minorities is always dangerous.  Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidotes to major delusions.” It […]
October 31, 2013

When did we lose sight of justice and instead settle for a few rights?

Arandhati Roy, one of my favourite authors wrote in one of her books ‘when did we lose sight of justice and instead settle for rights?’  It is a really good […]
November 11, 2013

Australia, cruel and vindictive or generous and complacent?

When did Australia lose its generosity and become vindictive and cruel, and unable to see itself as others see it?  This is a very hard question to consider!  Julian Burnside, […]
November 13, 2013

Don’t promise the world because people will reach for it and find it isn’t there!

It is time for people working in and families using aged care services to recognise that ignoring aged care issues is unacceptable.  Jeff Kennett, Chairperson of Beyond Blue was a […]
December 13, 2013

Nelson Mandela – The Death of An Extraordinary Man

I have a sense that we are witnessing the passing of an era, a consequence of the death of an extraordinary human being, someone who has shaped the consciences of […]
January 8, 2014

Trade talks likely to impact on cost of medicines for our elders and most vulnerable

The cost of medicines could be impacted by the current talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which met recently in Singapore.  The contents of the discussions between the […]
January 20, 2014

Human trafficking is a crime against humanity

“Trafficking of persons is a crime against humanity…” said Pope Francis to a group of diplomats at a meeting at the Vatican in November last year. He went onto say: […]