Tag Archives: Social change

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

There is a Facebook post going around at the moment that says: Today, if you add your age + the year you were born you will get 2017. This only happens once every 1000 years! Beside that fact that the … 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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It’s better to light one candle

It’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness is like a guiding principle for much of my work and life. At times I do rant and rave about what is wrong with the world, but most of the … Continue reading

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Retelling the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott (Paul Schmitz)

At the recent Connecting Communities conference, one of the highlights was Paul Schmitz retelling the story of Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks is the woman whose arrest after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man … Continue reading

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Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

An interesting short (7:05 mins) TEDx talk about barriers to community engagement. Dave Meslin suggests apathy isn’t the reason people aren’t involved in community engagement initiatives; it is because they are actively discouraged from becoming involved. He gives a number … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Lock the Gate!

AGL, an Australian gas and electricity company, recently announced that it was abandoning a controversial coal seam project in Gloucester (just north of Newcastle). The Gloucester Gas Project had plans for over 300 gas wells and was facing fierce opposition. … Continue reading

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