Organisation/Industry Scandals: It’s the Regulators, Dummy!

It was the ‘fake honey’ story that finally got me. How could any organisation even conceive of ‘fake honey’, let alone produce it in their products?  Each day as I read the news, the headlines are familiar. Another organisation, another industry fails to be ethical, fails to follow the rules. Each day we are shocked…by what is the same issue much of the time: it’s the lack of regulators or lack of regulators enforcing the rules. Here’s how to fix many of the organisation/industry scandals that arise from the lack of regulators.Read More »

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Dear Shari*

This small event was a highlight of my day.

I saw you about 100m ahead of me on the walking/running/cycling trail. You were running towards me. Your gait suggested you were a runner, not just a jogger. Your head was steady, held high, looking ahead. Your stride was confident, even, straight legs, bouncing lightly on your toes, arms held high and close. It was a beautiful sight – athletic, nice body, feminine.

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Dear Young Friends

Dear Agnes, Maggie, Sofia, Mike, Emily, Damien, Evan, Sam, Colin, Gina, Andy, Lauren, Caroline, Phil, Dan, Josh, Anna, Brooke, Stephen, Siobhan, Peter, Sarah, Oskar and more.
Thanks for letting an old fart like me into your world and treating me as an equal. It’s such a pleasure to learn about your world – which is so different from mine – and to be able to ask you challenging questions and get challenging answers back! Being included energises me to be included. Learning and understanding about things and situations you know little about is exciting, thought-provoking. You keep me young.

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Dear Josh (Frydenberg)

 

I write to you as my local Federal member of Parliament.  After the shambolic chaos of your party’s internal power plays last week that led to yet another new Prime Minister and you accidentally being elected Deputy Leader and Treasurer, I realised that the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) you had fought so hard for, though very flawed, was a genuine attempt to plot your way through the minefield of environment and energy policy.

Though I campaigned against it, and against you because of your support for coal mining, I realised that you almost achieved balancing a carbon emissions reductions target, an energy supply guarantee and some commitment to price reduction, in the face of the warring sections of your party.  Here’s why I’m sorry now that you failed and what you need to do if you want to be the next leader of your party.Read More »

Penises, Vulvas/Vaginas and Breasts: Let’s Talk about Them!

At fringe festivals in Adelaide and Minneapolis over the last three years, I’ve seen entertaining and educational shows on these taboo topics.  Yet, mentioning this to friends brings nervous laughter, uncomfortable reactions and a desire to avoid discussing the topics.  These normal, small, but important parts of our bodies – we all have them – just can’t be discussed normally…and we are the poorer for it.  Let’s talk about them.Read More »

MyHealth: Centralised Health Records are Valuable. You Should ‘Opt-in’.

Australians are debating whether or not to opt out of the centralised electronic government health record system, MyHealth.  If you don’t specifically opt out, you are ‘in’.  In principle, this is a no-brainer, though there are practical issues and risks, as always.  Here’s why you should do nothing…and therefore opt in.Read More »

The Plastics War? We’ve Barely Started

So we (Victorians) have just stopped using single-use plastic bags in supermarkets and we are feeling very good about ourselves.  But this is just a drop in the ocean in our plastics use.  Research shows that over 800 million – yes million – pieces of plastic enter Pt Phillip Bay from just its two main rivers each year.  Research shows that plastics have infiltrated every ocean, every water supply and many food products.  Films such as ‘Blue Planet’ and ‘The Plastic Ocean’ and TV series such as ‘The War on Waste’ show how badly our environment has been and is being damaged by our uncontrolled use of plastic.  How can we address this environmental disaster?Read More »