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Beam Me Up, Scotty or did the Government use an Allen Key when they built their policies?

May 30, 2015 - 09:49 -- Admin

“We want to send a very clear message that we want you in work when you are job-ready, that you don’t have the option of walking from the school gate to the front door of the Centrelink office. This document is not an Ikea catalogue to go shopping for benefits. That’s not what it is. What this is is a schedule of benefits and payments that are there to help people in need and who need that help from the Australian taxpayer.”

Free your mind and join the evolution.

May 28, 2015 - 15:08 -- Admin

Few things in life give me greater cause for optimism than those light bulb moments when you finally get your stubborn head around an evidently simple concept. Whether it’s a diagnosing an electrical fault or learning how to gently drop a stylus into a record groove, the delicate art of reverse parallel parking or simply riding a bicycle, human capacity for learning never ceases to amaze me. We learn new ideas every day.

Arthur’s last hurrah: Calwell, Whitlam & the Ky visit to Australia*

May 27, 2015 - 19:11 -- Admin

By Phillip Deery

In the torrent of tributes for Gough Whitlam after his death in October 2014, it is easy to forget the rancour and bitterness surrounding his ascent to the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party. He was elected leader at a caucus meeting in February 1967 after Arthur Calwell, having lost three federal elections and now aged 70, decided he would step down.

“IT’S TIME” – Marriage Equality and Why I Support It (Updated)

May 27, 2015 - 06:55 -- Admin

Marriage equality forms part of a broader discussion about equality generally. Equality of opportunity in the work place. Equality in access to education. Equality for women all form part of it.

When Ireland voted so overwhelmingly in support of marriage equality it triggered in this country an avalanche of public opinion that politicians could not ignore.