Civil Society

September 23, 2013

When is doing nothing no longer an option?

‘When is doing nothing no longer an option?’ This was the question asked by Journalist Robin Lustig in The Guardian Weekly (p.18) last week on the situation in Syria and […]
October 4, 2013

Banning Mini-Miss Beauty Pageants – Right or Wrong?

France’s Upper House of Parliament, the Senate, recently made a very interesting decision to ban ‘Mini-Miss’ beauty pageants as part of its gender equality bill.  The argument presented was concerned […]
October 9, 2013

The strong winds of change in Aged Care….

Aged care services work well without people generally paying it much attention.  Occasionally, an issue achieves some coverage in the media, but mostly, services to our elderly Australians are provided […]
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 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 […]
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: […]