census…consensus?

I am shocked. They somehow managed to pass a law in Australia (without any of us noticing) making it compulsory to comply with the upcoming census – and you can be fined outrageously if you don’t fill it in ‘correctly‘. Where, rights to privacy, freedom, democracy, yadda yadda…??!!    Still reeling from the discovery that…

What is in our hands – can we change the world ? 

To answer as simply as possible, we can start making a difference in our world – NOW and with what is already in our hands.  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Bourke A lifelong pursuit of these questions – I have read so many…

silence please…

   can we have a minute of silence for the thousands of drowned refugees – yes, all of them – not just the toddler whose body washed up on a beach and captured the attention of many… for a few days… also, a minute of silence for all of those thousands who will continue to make the crossing,…

Nation-building, community-building…and the Anzac myth

Imagine with me for a moment, that Nation-building could be the intentional and thoughtful building of a positive, inclusive, visionary, peaceful and sustainable vision of and for our Nation (a sort of meta-community, made of many communities). In other words, a Nation-building ‘myth’ at best, is a ‘STORY’ about who we all are, where we…

Sydney ‘siege’, and scattered thoughts on ‘terror’

Some scattered thoughts on ‘terror’ this week in the aftermath of the Sydney ‘siege’ – when people were held hostage for 16 hours in a cafe in the city by a man claiming links to IS (‘Islamic State’) – closely followed by a horrific massacre of 145 school children in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Taliban….

Hope for Africa

Africa is often seen as a ‘hopeless continent’ – in political and economic discussions a certain tone is adopted, which is patronising and mostly assumes the worst. As if somehow African countries, and African people, are facing issues particular to that part of the world – issues that cannot or will not be resolved due…

Dulce et decorum est…

It’s 530am. An amplified voice booms across our usually quiet suburb. Its still pitch dark. I wasn’t sleeping properly anyway, but I find the noise irritating. It takes me a few moments to realise- Anzac Day services… Ahh, right. Here we go again. Soon comes the music too- so like the sloooooow, off key hymns…

the magic bullet and the reluctant princess

It seems we are always searching for ‘magic bullet’ solutions to our biggest issues and fears. The most complex issues defy simple, linear solutions – yet we continue to put our faith in ‘research’ and ‘technology’ and those clever ‘experts’, to come up with something almost magical, like waving a wand to make it all…

Australia Day – no celebration here

This Australia day, I implore you: let’s stop and think about what we really believe in, what we would like being ‘Australian’ to really mean… And then let this inform how we speak, what behaviour and speech we tolerate around us, how we vote, how we raise our children… Australia day is a few days…

Fear is the real enemy

A few years ago I realised that since my childhood I had believed I would not live past my 30s or 40s. This unquestioned assumption was not actually a morbid belief that I would die ‘before my time’ though – it was a product of growing up in the 80s, when media/ music industry campaigns like…