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Kiss Goodbye to MS

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Kiss Goodbye to MS calls on people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their friends, family and colleagues to raise funds for research into a cure of the disease. During the month of May, MS Australia asks everyone to wear red lipstick and share the message with events throughout Australia.

Make immunisation mandatory

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The federal government has announced a ‘no jab, no pay’ plan with bipartisan support. Medical ethicist Dr Alberto Giubilini says making child immunisation mandatory would be a better policy than withholding welfare payments.

A ‘blatant attack’ on the government or a voice for abused children?

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Australia’s system of mandatory immigration detention keeps getting damning reviews while the Abbott Government keeps using dismissive rhetoric. Nicole Cooper says all this government should be concerned about is the right of the children detained, not political pandering.

Why Australians are getting larger

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Australia’s obesity rates are climbing faster than anywhere else in the world. Professor Manny Noakes says people who want to lose weight need to take action in order to prolong their life and decrease the likelihood of developing conditions associated with being overweight.

Personal information is more than you think!

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A UK court recently ruled on what constitutes personal information in the landmark case Google v. Vidal-Hall. Malcolm Crompton says why this might be the most important Court judgment on privacy in years.

Indigenous ‘lifestyle choices’ and the LNP’s paternalism

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Tony Abbott recently described living in remote Indigenous communities as a lifestyle choice. Jordan Ayres says Australian social policy under the Liberal Party continues its paternalistic approach to the difficulties rural communities are facing.

The need to design social policy for climate change refugees

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So far the Australian government doesn’t seem to regard climate change as a primary issue. Elisabeth Stafford says we need a national conversation to pressure the Australian government into action to create social policy on a variety of climate change fronts.

Domestic and family violence in the spotlight, for now

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Despite more media coverage and public attention, domestic violence is still increasing across the nation. Caitlin Mollenhagen lists some of the social and economic costs of domestic violence that show that this issue should stay at the deserved forefront of discussions.

Climate change dialogues: denialists and the disadvantaged

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Many individuals and communities feel disempowered or ignorant when discussing climate change. Megan Bonetti says we need to foster a non-judgemental culture of awareness to make key stakeholders sit up and listen.

What does it mean to be a homeless ‘young person’ in Australia?

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Between the age of 18 and 22, there is a gap in government allowances for young people coming out of state care. Sophie Ryan says as this puts them at risk of homelessness we need a State care system that is more ‘person focused’ rather than pushing through the numbers.