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Outsourcing care

We’ve in danger of outsourcing care in Australia. PICTURE: shironosov/iStockphoto Once in Australia there were few community services, charities and caring concerns. Families looked after their own. Neighbours called on each other. Communities rallied around a cause, and churches did the heavy lifting of charity. As we’ve got richer, we’re become specialised. We’ve developed nursing homes, […]


Graffiti of person with a heart

There are some really insightful people out there. PICTURE: Eduardo Goody/Unsplash Dame Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics, said this: “In the past jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, in the future they’ll be about heart.” This is at a time when economic demands are seeking to remove the time […]

Essay: Taking the heat out of global warming

Australia Sydney ARRCC protest outside Scott Morrisons office

Australian Pentecostal pastor ROB BUCKINGHAM, a spokesman for the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, says understanding the complexities of climate change through compassionate eyes changes our view…

Righteous mind

Hands in

Jonathan Haidt’s mind-blowing book The Righteous Mind looks at the research around morality and why we vote the way we do.  PICTURE: Hannah Busing/Unsplash His compelling research says that left-leaning voters put compassion and fairness above all considerations when working out their morality, while conservatives value sanctity, loyalty and authority.   His research shows that we need […]


Parking space disability

I have a friend from overseas. She’s amazed and humbled by the way Australia treats people with mental and physical disabilities. We value them. We seek to integrate them into our society. PICTURE: AbsolutVision/Unsplash In her home country having a child with a disability is seen as a curse from the gods. Many such children […]