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  • Celebration, Commitment or Cuts? The International Year of Youth

    Clive Leach     |      August 12, 2010

    The potential to harness and demonstrate global commitment to young people is in grave danger of being undermined by public sector funding restraints and changing political priorities.

    August 12, 2010 is United Nations (UN) International Youth Day. Youth Day was established to celebrate efforts of young people all over the world in enhancing global society and to promote new ways to engage young people in activities that make positive contributions to their communities.

  • Uniting for the battle against cancer

    Dr Andrew Penman     |      August 11, 2010

    The daffodil has long been the symbol of hope for those affected by cancer and will once again bloom bright on Friday 27th of August – Daffodil Day.

    One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85 and the disease is expected to claim the lives of 43,000 Australians in 2010.

    They’re numbers that can’t be ignored and I want to encourage all Australians to unite this Daffodil Day to help find a way to reduce the impact of cancer in this country.

  • Journalists and history

    patrickcallioni     |      August 9, 2010

    At election time, do not rely on anything you may read in newspapers like The Daily Telegraph and, increasingly, The Australian – you will almost certainly be misled, either through journalistic ignorance or by clever manipulation.

    While there are some excellent journalists in Australia, such as Jack Waterford, for example, the level of competence and professionalism in Australia is generally poor. This means that three things are guaranteed at election time. First, the typical journalist will display no more than a tenuous grasp of the English language; second, there will be no historical perspective provided with any analysis of issues; and third, a total ignorance of statistics will be displayed in any discussion of opinion polls. I will save the first matter for another day, but let me expand on the next two critical observations.

  • A wonderful job and a wonderful opportunity for homeless women: one woman’s tale of why she works as hard as she does

    Natalie Susman     |      August 5, 2010
    I have a wonderful job. It’s not glamorous, or high profile, nor does it pay a particularly high salary. I work very long hours, often at weekends and regularly meet impossible deadlines. My office is truly terrible and the server crashes daily. BUT, every day I am reminded – in a very real way – of why I work as hard as I do..

    There is a woman who comes in to visit me and the team a couple of times a week. For the purposes of this story, let’s call her Donna.

  • A Place to Call Home

    editor     |      August 5, 2010

    Since the age of 14, South African born Slide has been couch surfing her way between different homes in Canberra, trying to find the next couch to sleep on for the night. Seven years on, Slide now has a place she can call home and is ready to help others facing similar situations through Red Cross.  

    ‘Well my life was pretty crazy back then, massive family fights and then my parents split up. I was sort of in the middle of their fighting; always asking me to spy on the other one and so it didn’t really work out.’

  • Building Skills for a Happy Family

    editor     |      August 5, 2010

    Luke and Alicia are a young couple who met through mutual friends, they have a beautiful baby and are working together to face the challenges of their child’s first year.

    To add to the challenge, Alicia and Luke are teenagers, they have struggled to secure stable housing and they have had to face time away from their baby when he spent time in care.

    Alicia, 16, gave birth to their baby a few months ago after leaving home the year before. Soon after she gave birth, the baby was taken into care while she found somewhere permanent to live.

    ‘It was devastating losing the baby – I didn’t like it at all,’ said Alicia.

  • Anyone can become homeless

    Ian Coverdale     |      August 2, 2010

    Understanding how anyone can become homeless is an important part of understanding how to tackle homelessness.

    Anyone can become homeless” is the key theme in Red Cross Homeless Persons’ Week campaign this year.  We want to raise awareness of the different pathways into homelessness that people may take.

  • Planning an end to homelessness

    Matthew Cox     |      August 2, 2010

    Some homeless people overcome enormous ostacles to radically reinvent their lives. It is difficult but possible. Changing the state of homelessness in Australia is a challenge our generation should rise to meet.

    I first met K not long after I began working at Red Cross.  She was 18 and a participant at Red Cross’ Night Café – a crisis support service in Brisbane’s CBD for young people living on the streets.  K ran away from home in her early teens to escape the worst things that can happen to a child at the hands of their parents. 

  • From living on the streets to helping the homeless: One woman’s tale of how she turned her life around

    Kirstie Papanikolaou     |      July 30, 2010

    First hand knowledge of homlessness and 14 years experience working in vendor support for the Big Issue combine for some powerfully simple advice about creating opportunities.

    I have two dogs. I’ve also got three cats and two rabbits; one of whom weighs 12 kilos and swings on a hammock. I’ve got two kids, one husband and some great in-laws. I consider myself lucky. I’ve got a stable, supportive family, a job that I am passionate about and my own home. But it wasn’t always like this…

  • Australia’ s Mineral Resources

    Les Pickett     |      July 28, 2010

    Are our policy makers and strategic thinkers paying sufficient attention to the role of Australia’s mineral resources in international affairs?

    Mineral resources play a role in international affairs that far outweighs the attention paid to the sector by policy makers and strategic thinkers Dr Michael Wesley Executive Director Lowy Institute told participants in a Food for Thought presentation at Victoria University earlier this month.

    Modern societies are becoming ever more dependent on mineral resources but increasingly less self-sufficient in their production, making access to stable and reasonably priced resources central to their functioning. And yet there is little awareness of the general dynamics, trends and forces governing the global production and trade in strategic resources.

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    Australia Welcomes New Privacy Commissioner

    editor     |      July 27, 2010

    It’s been a good week for privacy in Australia, with Timothy Pilgrim appointed the new Privacy Commissioner on 19 July 2010.  Read more at

  • Thinking about Trees

    Anna Bowden     |      July 26, 2010
    National Tree Day requires us to undergo an important change of mindset.
    I came to my job as the project manager for National Tree Day by a rather sideways route after marketing green products and administering a brand licensing program for Planet Ark.
    Although a committed “greenie” I came from a business and marketing background and was more focused on ways to leverage the consumer dollar to bring about environmental change. And so I found myself faced with a different challenge; how to generate a change in attitude & behaviour towards the natural world and trees in particular.
    The evidence on our need to change behaviour is overwhelming, with unprecedented losses of native animals, and damage to biodiversity.