Category Archives: Social change

Special days and dates for the environment – 2018

Here are some significant international and national days/weeks for 2018 that focus on environmental issues.  I’ve also created a list of days and dates focusing on families and communities. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (Days … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for families and communities – 2018

There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2018. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (While most of them … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage – finally it’s done!

Yesterday was a historic day with the Australian Parliament overwhelmingly voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Our family watched it live on TV and to see 130-140 Members of Parliament voting YES with four lonely figures voting NO was a wonderful … Continue reading

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It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon

[Updated 5 October 2018 to include 2018 Facebook posts] Last year a Facebook post was going around saying: Today, if you add your age + the year you were born you will get 2017. This only happens once every 1000 … Continue reading

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Community engagement and the Stop Adani national day of action

Last weekend (7-8 October 2017), people around Australia put their bodies on the line to send a message about Adani’s plans for the Carmichael Mine in Queensland: one of the World’s largest coal mines. In over 45 locations in Australia, … Continue reading

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My response to the campaign against same-sex marriage

As I said in the previous post, to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on fear, exclusion and poor logic. Much … Continue reading

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Why I voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal vote

I try to be fair and to understand other points of view, but to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on … Continue reading

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In some countries (and USA states) our marriage is illegal

In some countries (and 30 states of the USA), Cathy and I would have been prevented from marrying. In fact, even though we are happily married after 31 years and have two wonderful daughters, in some countries (and some states … Continue reading

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An open letter to students about the postal survey on same-sex marriage

Here is a copy of an open letter I sent to my students studying a course on community engagement. Even though I have concerns about the postal vote, as we are having it, I hope there is a very high … Continue reading

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3 reasons I do not support a postal vote on same-sex marriage

Like most other Western countries there is increasing support for legalising same-sex marriage in Australia. We are about to have a national postal vote, run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), to discover whether or not Australians support legalising … Continue reading

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