General

Farewell Facebook. I’m Opting Out, For Good.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Facebook for many years. On occasion, I’ve deactivated my account. I’ve practised abstinence. I’ve scheduled and limited my interaction. I’ve “only used it for work purposes”.…

Should alcohol advertising be banned?

The call to ban alcohol advertising is not a new one. But when the Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and Chair of the National Health and Medical Research…

National Apology to the Stolen Generations

“I move: That today we honour the indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment…

Heard for the first time

This week a team from SpeakOut (including myself) were running the Young Delegates Program for the 11th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Basically, what that meant was that from Tuesday…

To vote or not to vote…

I was reminded recently by someone who is not registered to vote and refuses to, of the school of thought around ‘conscientious objection’ and choosing not to engage in the ‘democratic process’.…

Palm Polarity

I have just returned from a few days on Palm Island having begun a process of meeting and consulting with the community regarding community and cultural development gaps and support needs. Firstly,…

National Disgrace

The riots in Cronulla have left me speechless and very sad… racial violence in Australia that makes me feel sick to my core. To read some of the news articles click here.