• Why both sides of federal government must recommit to halving homelessness by 2020

    Michael Perusco     |      July 18, 2013

    Behind each statistic about homelessness in Australia is a personal story of isolation and desperation. Michael Perusco, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW urges all politicians to commit to the target of halving homelessness by 2020.

  • More than a game

    Anne-Maree Thomson     |      July 18, 2013

    Parents use a number of different tools to try to teach their children life lessons. Anne-Maree Thomson shares how Australian Rules Football is helping to instil strong values in her sons.

  • What Murdoch could do instead

    Klaas Woldring     |      July 15, 2013

    Australia should start talking about new systems and a new constitution. Dr Klaas Woldring thinks that Rupert Murdoch with his considerable media influence could help.

  • Bastille Day – not just for the French

    Sharon Stratford     |      July 12, 2013

    On Bastille Day the French remember their revolutionary past. Sharon Stratford, who is running a website for Francophiles, explains why more and more Australians are joining the celebrations.

  • When you’re no longer part of your football family

    Stefan Grun     |      July 4, 2013

    Manly Sea Eagles rugby player Steve Menzies has announced his retirement on Thursday two months before turning 40. Having had the personal experience, Stefan Grun explores what is left once the active sporting career is over.

  • Children in detention: child rights not refugee fight

    Leila Druery     |      July 3, 2013

    The new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has set the issue of asylum seekers high on his political agenda. Leila Druery, a refugee advocate for activist group GetUp!, describes the plight of children in mandatory detention and argues that their rights should come before political considerations.

  • 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.