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Popping the marriage question

Max Thomas's picture

The same-sex marriage debate is ongoing in Australia, with the Federal Opposition recently announcing that it won’t back a plebiscite on the issue. Max Thomas argues that the community now has an opportunity and obligation to confront the questions politicians seem unable or unwilling to ask.

How we value children matters

Linda Savage's picture

What attitudes do Australians have towards children and childhood? Linda Savage, Convenor of the Valuing Children Initiative, shares results of a recent survey and says we need a commitment from Government to form a Ministerial portfolio for Children and Future Generations to ensure children are at the forefront of considerations.

Greyhound racing ban backflip gives another chance to an industry that deserves none

Elise Burgess's picture

Yesterday NSW Premier Mike Baird announced that the State’s greyhound industry would be given "one final chance" and the racing ban reversed. Elise Burgess from animal protection institute Voiceless says the racing industry will not change its ways after being exposed for its cruelty and getting away with it scot-free.

 

Australian seniors living below the poverty line

Jantje Lezius's picture

A social change strategy group is investigating the complex issue of raising poverty rates among Australia’s senior citizens. Here they explain how this disconcerting trend could be reversed.

Sorry, but how far have we really come?

Adrian Arndt's picture

Eight years after Kevin Rudd’s historical apology, Indigenous Australians are still facing massive inequalities in life expectancy, juvenile detention rates and access to education. Adrian Arndt, a passionate social justice advocate, says we need strong, decisive action in the movement towards equality.

Investing in Australia’s future

Catherine Fritz-Kalish's picture

Today we are launching our new featured forum on Early Childhood Education with the release of the latest Taskforce report by Global Access Partners. Catherine Fritz-Kalish, Co-Founder and Managing Director of GAP, tells the story behind it.

Better solutions needed for older workers

Russ Grayson's picture

The question of pension affordability comes up every so often in the political debate. Russ Grayson addresses some of the issues around raising the retirement age and offers solutions.

 

Your spare time is valuable – help charities make a difference

Wayne Krow's picture

Despite rather hostile policies, Australian charities are continuing their valuable work for the community. Wayne Krow encourages us to consider heading online for some pro-bono or even paid charity work.

Innovation in outer space and opportunities for Australia

Andrea Boyd's picture

Australia’s space industry needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Andrea Boyd, Flight Operations Engineer from the International Space Station in Germany, explained why at the recent GAP Summit.

 

Defence industry capability - creating a new boom in Australia

The Honourable Christopher Pyne MP's picture

At the recent GAP Summit the Honourable Christopher Pyne MP spoke about his new role as Minister for Defence Industries and how it is impacted by the innovation agenda.