• Gender is never off the agenda while denigration of women is a national pastime

    Kate Galloway     |      June 16, 2013

    There has been a renewed focus on gender-related issues in Australian politics lately. Kate Galloway argues that it is time to address the deep seated disdain for women in our society.

  • Refugee Week

    Open Forum     |      June 14, 2013

    Thursday 20 June 2013 is World Refugee Day. Refugee Week is held from Sunday 16 June to Saturday 22 June 2013 throughout Australia. The organisers raise awareness about the issues refugees deal with and celebrate the positive impact refugees have on our society. The theme for this and next year is Restoring Hope.

  • Kids or career? The costs to consider when having another child

    Claire Esmond     |      June 13, 2013

    There is considerable debate surrounding returning to work after having children. Claire Esmond from Pave Wealth Services looks at the true cost of raising a child and explains the financial burden of adding to the nest.

  • Temper taming or: How not to kill your children in the middle of the night

    Anna Gibson     |      June 10, 2013

    Every parent knows how difficult it can be to stay composed when your child starts screaming in the small hours – night after night. Anna Gibson offers strategies in calming your baby while keeping your sanity.

  • Why is children’s television important?

    Jenny Buckland     |      June 6, 2013

    Television has been accused of making our children obese and passive. Jenny Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, argues that age-appropriate television programs for children can have a positive impact on their development.

  • Productivity: creating a government of ‘doers’ not ‘gunnas’

    Peter Fritz     |      June 5, 2013

    Too much time is spent on discussing, researching and strategising projects and not enough emphasis is placed on implementation. Peter Fritz explains how it’s time to incentivise project completion.

  • Evolving talent strategy to match the Millennial workforce reality

    Les Pickett     |      June 5, 2013

    There are a lot of stereotypes about the work ethic and demands of so-called Millennials, those employees that are under 33 years old. Les Pickett shares the data from a survey that both confirms and dispels common labels.

  • Online parenting connections

    Dr Julie Green     |      June 4, 2013

    Being a parent is sometimes lonely and confusing. Dr Julie Green, Executive Director of the Raising Children Network, explains how online parent forums can be good place to get information and support.

  • Eddie McGuire: License to Stumble

    Binoy Kampmark     |      June 3, 2013

    After the Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes was called an “ape” by a 13-year-old girl, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire followed suit by suggesting Goodes could be used to promote the musical King Kong. Binoy Kampmark from RMIT University says this case shows the uglier features of sport and spectatorship in general.

  • Learning from China’s positive attitude towards older workers

    Zoe Li     |      May 30, 2013

    China has a long tradition of respecting the wisdom and knowledge the older generation can contribute. Zoe Li from Global Access Partners looks beyond the Chinese perspective and explores how we can adopt a more positive attitude towards older people in the workforce.

  • Drink coffee and do good

    Open Forum     |      May 26, 2013

    CafeSmart Day brings together coffee roasters, cafés and coffee drinkers around the country to help people who are homeless. On Friday 7 June participating cafés donate $1 for every coffee they sell. They also encourage patrons to match this donation with their own $1. All of the money raised will go to fund local projects. This is the third annual CafeSmart Event.

  • Why National Sorry Day is still important even after the apology

    Charles Passi     |      May 24, 2013

    This Sunday is National Sorry Day, when Australia acknowledges the forcible removal of indigenous children from their families and communities. Charles Passi from the Healing Foundation asks all Australians to contribute to the collective journey of healing and recognition.