AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

Our ageing population will have a major influence on the shape of our countries future. In the next 20-30 years, the population aged 65 years and over is projected to increase to 25 per cent of the population- a profound social shift which requires an equally profound shift in our attitudes towards getting older. Continue reading

CUT TO PENALTY RATES WORSE FOR WOMEN

The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates is a huge blow to the pay packets of Tasmania’s most vulnerable and lowest paid workers. Continue reading

CAMPAIGN AGAINST SALMON INDUSTRY IS DANGEROUS

Political parties are often searching for new issues or campaigns to engage the community and their voter base with. This can be both a virtue and a vice. It is a virtue when parties engage with the community to start a discussion about an issue or problem. However it is a vice and can be particularly dangerous when a political party is suffering from relevance deprivation syndrome and overreaches to the point of damaging organisations or an industry.   Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN’S WANT A PRIME MINISTER THAT IS FAIR DINKUM

A leader is defined as:  “A person that holds a dominant or superior position within their field, and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others”. Continue reading

TALKING POINT: POLITICS 101 – DON’T LEAVE THE PEOPLE BEHIND

Most Americans who voted for Donald Trump did so because they felt left behind and disconnected from the political system. They felt left behind by unfettered free markets, globalisation and neoliberalism, everything the Republicans have espoused, and not dissimilar to the views of the Coalition in Australia. Continue reading

A BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION IS NECCESARY FOR JUSTICE

In 2008, in order to avoid a meltdown of the global financial system the United States bailed out Wall Street with a $700 billion bailout package. This bailout has actually continued into the trillions over the last ten years. This injection of tax payer funds back in 2008 has continued propping up of the system and ensured the world didn’t enter into a second great depression. This was an important point in world history and many commentators said that the bailout would create better banking behaviour and standards; other commentators said the poor practices of the past would continue. Sadly, the latter was correct. Continue reading

SOCIAL MEDIA: BODY IMAGE AND PRIVACY ISSUES LOOMING LARGE

The social media boom is reflected in the number of young people using social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Continue reading

PLAYFUL EARLY LEARNING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

There has been considerable debate of late about when formal schooling should commence for our children and the value of early learning.   Continue reading

DEMENTIA MATES, ARE YOU READY?

Australia, like most nations has an ageing population and while longevity is a great achievement, it is also one of the greatest risk factors for dementia. Continue reading

SCIENCE SHOULD INFORM POLLUTION POLICY

If we are serious about climate change we must be ambitious for the future. Being pessimistic and ignoring the science will only lead to more inaction. Continue reading