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April 7, 2016

School Students Tutoring – A Successful Template For Others?

Did you see the Wednesday night Lateline story about Friday Night School in Richmond, inner Melbourne? Private school kids help refugee kids with homework…it’s been twenty years now AND 200 kids turn up to help! Pleasure In Helping Everyone, students […]
March 12, 2016

An Evening Harmony Day Celebration In Wangaratta

Harmony Day on 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, and hopefully our inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, the central message being ‘everyone belongs’. Lots of places run events and Wangaratta, in Victoria’s lovely north-east, will run […]
February 16, 2016

‘Ownership Matters In The Sharing Economy’: A Debate, Carlton 18 Feb

Thursday evening at Melbourne Uni Law School there’ll a debate around defining the ‘Sharing Economy‘, a term associated with companies such as TaskRabbit, AirbnB and Uber, which operate by providing platforms for people to rent-out, or rent, resources such as […]
February 10, 2016

Research & Practice Backs Indigenous Control To ‘Close Gap’

Following the 2016 report on the ‘Closing the Gap’ program, it is good to see a well researched article in The Age. Ben Stephens and Matthew Tyle, graduate students at Harvard University, say: “insanity is doing the same thing over […]
February 8, 2016

Australia Floundering In A Digital Revolution…

Here is a retweeted 21st century wake-up call from John Sheridan Brisbane-based CEO of Business Digital Insights. As John sums up: revolutions aren’t easy and Australia is struggling as “governments, corporates and vendors of all kinds have to deal with […]
February 4, 2016

Indefinite Detention: WHAT Is Being Done In Our Name?

Offshore/indefinite detention is about politics. It is a cynical political bipartisan ploy. In the name of the taxpayers, who fund the very expensive offshore detention process, the policy claims a shaky moral high ground. BUT, does preventing drownings justify inhumane […]
February 3, 2016

Policy Focus Wrong. Enough For ALL Public Housing Needs!

“[Today] the challenge is to address the disconnect between supply and occupancy. When there are three times as many empty houses as there are homeless people, we know the policy focus is just wrong. Government must do more than create […]
January 20, 2016

Kids In Detention – Apalling – Politicians, Get Real!

This morning we hear that OUR Government – on OUR behalf – is transferring 72 asylum seeker kids back to Nauru, despite so many recent reports stating that the conditions there do not meet basic human rights standards. It is […]
January 19, 2016

2016 Anomaly: Employers Hiring But Job Seekers Despondent

A new report ‘Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ has been picked up today by The Age. Based on a survey of 9000 young people in the US, Britain, Germany, France, India, China and Australia, […]
January 15, 2016

NZ Reforms A Guide For Australia? 10 Measurable Goals For Better Public Services

There is speculation that PM Turnbull is interested in following New Zealand social security and welfare reforms to get better results for government expenditure. Economist David Crowe foresees resistance in Australia to similar reforms, from Labor and community groups. As […]
January 11, 2016

Join The Disrupters. Pause Fest 10-14 Feb Melbourne

Pause Fest organisers say: “Digital disruption has changed the way consumers behave and businesses operate. To truly understand what this means for you and your business, the conference program has been designed around the pillars of the startup – Creative, […]
August 2, 2015

The Booing, The Discomfort…Why? What To Do?

I have to agree with James Packer, the booing of Adam Goodes has made me feel uncomfortable and ashamed too. Where are we with this? Waleed Aly’s clear analysis of the booing made sense to me, as did