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    Tiny feet treading lightly

    Sinead Roberts     |      July 3, 2008

    Sinead RobertsEach baby leaves their own ecological footprint before they’ve even learnt how to walk.

    Approximately 260,000 babies are born in Australia each year and most of these use some form of nappy for the first 2-4 years of their lives. All nappies have an environmental impact so each baby leaves their own ecological footprint before they’ve even learnt how to walk. The good news is that parents no longer have to choose between just terry cloth nappies and synthetic disposables.  There are so many options available today that it’s now much easier for parents to make a greener choice.   

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    What do you really know?

    Angeline Penrith     |      July 3, 2008

    Angeline Penrith

    A bit more knowledge of Aboriginal history would go a long way in taking down the assumptions and stereotypes against which Aboriginal kids struggle every day.  

    I don't play sport, I just don't enjoy it. I don't know the rules to footy, and wouldn't know what to do with a cricket bat, and don't want to spend hours running in circles around a field. But that's not what people assume when they meet me.

    I come from a really successful family. We've had sporting stars, school captains, school duxes, readers, thinkers, leaders in all kinds of fields. But that's not what people assume when they pass me on the street.

    I come from a proud people, an ancient nation, and a strong community that's survived genocide, and forced removal, and grand theft, but that's not what people think about when they shake my hand.

    That's not what they think about, because they are ignorant. 

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    By the People for the People

    Bronwyn Penrith     |      July 3, 2008

    Bronwyn PenrithIf the current government really wants to make a difference, it should be going into the community and building on existing success.

    It’s hard to explain in words how the policies of removal and dispersion are still being felt amongst by Aboriginal people. It’s hard to explain to people who weren’t part of the stolen generation the intergenerational effects it’s had and is still having amongst Aboriginal people today.

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    Indigenous renaissance

    Kevin Fong     |      July 2, 2008

    Kevin Fong

    We need Government to understand that Aboriginal stories aren’t all of crisis and despair, but also of growth and renewal.  

    In February this year the Western Australian Coroner Mr Alistair Hope, handed down his findings into tragedy caused by the abuse of drugs and alcohol in the Kimberly region, and again the focus of mainstream media and many of our politicians was narrowed.

    The problem being, when their vision narrows they lose sight of all the other stories that are going on, stories of hope and rebirth and opportunity.

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    Requiem for my Mazda

    Douglascomms     |      July 2, 2008

    The car is dead, long live the car!

    I gave up my car about a week ago. It’s still there, and still runs but I parked it in the garage and closed the door. It will still come out on the weekends, to run up to the shops for a big fortnightly cupboard filler, and the odd family outing, but when it comes to the nine to five Monday to Friday run, it’s been permanently decommissioned.  

    And my decision is entirely based on economics. The price of petrol, and the shear volume of traffic snaking its way down Parramatta Road in the mornings have both become overwhelming. And after years working from home, there’s nothing I hate more than wasting time in traffic.  This week’s petrol budget was spent on pannier bags, and tune up for my once mighty push bike, which is now regaining it’s former glory as my principal mode of transport during the week.  

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    Closing the Gap Between Rudd’s rhetoric on Indigenous Australians and budget commitments

    Rachel Siewert     |      July 1, 2008

    Rachel Siewert

    Simply throwing money at an issue doesn't get you anywhere if you don't have a plan. 

    The level of spending committed to Indigenous disadvantage in the budget barely sets the Government on the right road to delivering on the Government's election promise to actually ‘close the gap'. Despite the rhetoric from the Government on closing the gap and their signing on to the pledge to deliver equality of access to services within a decade, the commitment of resources in the 2008 budget does not boost funding nearly enough to achieve this target.

    The Government commitment amounts to additional expenditure of around $250 million per year across the entire Indigenous budget (that is, $1.2 Billion in new money over 5 years). But the biggest chunk of that ($666 Million) will be eaten up feeding the NT intervention juggernaut. This is a small percentage of the $450 million needed each year to simply catch up on Indigenous health alone, and a far cry from what is really needed to fix the problem.

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    POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY – happiness, well-being and satisfaction with life

    annabela     |      June 29, 2008

    Positive Psychology: take a short survey, learn simple techniques how to be happier. 

    There are many simple ways to improve the quality of our lives and to live a more meaningful and fufilling life. With the growing research in POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, maintaining our mental stability and satisfaction from, and gratefullness for, various events that we come across are made easy.

    In many cases, there is no need to visit a professional once or twice a week to obtain external help for dealing with our daily problems, burdens, or worries.

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    Online Question Time for Patrick Secker MP, Federal Member for Barker

    editor     |      June 29, 2008

    Here's where e-Democracy hits the ground running! As part of our exciting new Online Question Time initiative, we're inviting kids from all over Australia to put their elected representatives on the spot, and ask them about the issues that matter to the young people of  Australia.

    Patrick SeckerOur next guest is Patrick Secker MP, Member for Barker (South Australia), Liberal Party of Australia.

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    Creating Spatial Opportunities

    Gary Nairn     |      June 24, 2008

    Spatial information and the industry associated with it is something I have been passionate about for a long time. And even today that makes me a little unusual. When I was first elected to Parliament, very few of my colleagues had any real understanding of what spatial information was, let alone any notion that it had the potential to grow into the $12.6 billion dollar industry it is today.

    To the majority of parliamentarians and senior government officials a map was something you either had in your atlas at home or in the glove box of the car.

    And that is where the spatial information industry was stuck for a while, at least amongst the decision makers in parliament.

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    If parents are the key to the future, what do they need?

    editor     |      June 23, 2008

    Divonne Holmes a CourtBy Divonne Holmes à Court  

    We're not doing enough to equip parents with the best information to make parenting a little easier and a little less stressful.

    One of the most significant events of Kevin Rudd's term in office so far has been the recent 2020 Summit in Canberra. Over a busy two days, hundreds of people spent time together to discuss the best ideas and solutions for our country's future. Some ideas were smarter than others, but one of the most interesting themes to emerge was around prevention. We're all aware that acting now helps avoiding problems later – the 2020 summit discussed that investing in prevention today has a much better long term payoff than waiting for the problem to occur down the line and then trying to cure it.

    But looking ahead to the future is hard and planning for it can be even harder. I only started thinking about the future when I became a parent for the first time.

  • Collaboration is Key to Keeping Australians Safe Online

    Craig Scroggie     |      June 18, 2008

    As Web 2.0 technologies and the threat landscape continue to evolve, it’s now more important than ever that both private and public sectors join forces.

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    The path to prosperity through deregulation

    Hon. Lindsay Tanner     |      June 16, 2008

    A ‘one-in', ‘one-out' approach to new Federal legislation requires that a Minister seeking to impose new regulation must try and find offsetting reductions in regulatory burden.