• Celebrate NAIDOC week

    Open Forum     |      July 1, 2013

    It’s NAIDOC week from 7 to 14 July. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

  • A Canadian’s Guide to Canada Day

    Laura Ballantyne     |      June 30, 2013

    The national day of Canada is celebrated every year on 1 July. Laura Ballantyne, a Canadian living abroad, provides an overview of all things Canadian – eh to z.

  • Wear jeans and fight childhood disease

    Open Forum     |      June 30, 2013

    Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people are invited to wear their jeans to raise funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and a range of genetic disorders. On Friday 2nd August workplaces, schools and streets will become a sea of denim in a united stance against childhood disease. The money raised goes to the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI).

  • Go wild and silly for a serious cause

    Leanne Raven     |      June 27, 2013

    Today SIDS and Kids celebrates the 26th Red Nose Day, their not-for-profit’s major fundraiser. Leanne Raven, CEO of SIDS and Kids, explains why support for this event is so important.

  • Sexual assault does not happen in a vacuum

    Karen Willis     |      June 26, 2013

    After Jill Meagher's rape and murder there have been suggestions that the justice system is failing victims of sexual assault. Karen Willis, Executive Officer of NSW Rape Crisis Centre, says we need to change the attitudes that create the culture in which sexual assault occurs.

  • The relationship between the ‘good’ parent and parent fatigue

    Kym Macfarlane     |      June 26, 2013

    Modern parents are expected not only to participate in their children’s lives, but to perform. Dr Kym Macfarlane, senior lecturer of Child and Family Studies at Griffith University, argues that we should make time to play and relax.

  • Lessons from the Middle East in Restoring Hope for refugees and asylum seekers

    Phil Glendenning     |      June 23, 2013

    Last week’s Refugee Week celebrated the contribution of refugees rebuilding their life far from home. Phil Glendenning, president of the Refugee Council of Australia, argues that we should measure up to the generosity of Middle Eastern countries in supporting refugees.

  • The Edward Snowden impact on intelligence

    Patrick Walsh     |      June 21, 2013

    There has been some controversy about Edward Snowden’s motives to share classified information regarding the National Security Agency with the press. Dr Patrick Walsh, senior lecturer for intelligence and security studies at Charles Sturt University, speculates about the consequences of this intelligence leak.

  • Find a Grandparent – Connecting Surrogate Grandparents with Young Families

    Cate Kloos     |      June 19, 2013

    Grandparents play an important role in raising children. Cate Kloos explains how her not-for-profit organisation helps families that are looking for a caring grandparent.

  • Teens and acceptable behaviour online

    Joanne Jacobs     |      June 19, 2013

    What was considered private personal information a decade ago is being redefined in the digital age. Joanne Jacobs from 1000heads advises parents to use a common sense approach in dealing with the online behaviour of their teenage children.

  • Importance of swimming for children

    Jasmin Forsyth     |      June 17, 2013

    Being confident in and around water from an early age is an important part of growing up in Australia. Jasmin Forsyth from Swim Australia urges all Australians not only to swim, but to swim well.

  • Parenting forum

    Open Forum     |      June 17, 2013

    Our featured forum for June and July is Parenting. This is a subject that brings out passionate and polar opposite responses: What should we feed our precious offspring? How much TV is too much – or shouldn’t we let our children watch movies at all, lest we infiltrate their innocent brains with Hollywood stereotypes? What is safe online behaviour for teenagers? Do they need discipline to learn boundaries or should we let them develop their own sense of right and wrong? Is slapping ever acceptable? Do we need more helicopter parents or tiger mums?