Happy Commonwealth Day

ELIZABETH R.
Today is Labour Day, which has become Victoria’s forgotten public holiday. In Melbourne the Moomba Parade unofficially replaced the Eight Hour Day procession when it commenced in 1955. But today is also Commonwealth Day and The Queen of Australia sent this message: Commonwealth Day has a...

Community members should be able to sponsor refugees for the right reasons, not to save the government money

There are thousands in the Australian community who say they would sponsor a refugee’s resettlement, but only if the program was reformed. from shutterstock.com This week the Greens announced their refugee policy. It includes allowing private citizens to sponsor refugees as part of its...

5 Reasons Why Online Gambling Needs To Be Regulated In Australia

Reason #1 - Potential Revenue  Online gambling has the potential to be one of the most profitable ideologies if regulations were established. There are many online platforms that would gladly pay their fair share of taxes to the Australian government, in exchange for the opportunity...

Join us at the 10th Anniversary of the Melbourne International Singers Festival in June

Play It Forward and Founding Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, invite you to the 10th Anniversary of the Melbourne International Singers Festival. BE CHALLENGED, INSPIRED & ENTERTAINED Now in its tenth year, Australia’s most exciting singers festival for all choirs, singing groups and...

Vital conversations: older women have their say about the challenges of life in a city like Melbourne

The ways in which older women maintain meaningful social connections are many and varied – in this case, they do volunteer work for a greyhound adoption service. Joe Castro/AAP Who decides what matters in the lives of voters? In the run-up to the 2018 Victorian...

It’s more than a free trade agreement. But what exactly have Australia and Indonesia signed?

Simon Birmingham and Enggartiasto Lukita have signed an agreement that might never be ratified in that form. DFAT Australia’s trade minister Simon Birmingham and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on Monday. Only afterwards (as is often the case)...

How the next Australian government can balance security and compassion for asylum seekers

Crossbenchers Kerryn Phelps, Julia Banks and Rebekah Sharkie celebrate the passing of the “Medivac” law through the House of Representatives. AAP/Lukas Coch With a rapidly changing climate and increased instability in the world order, patterns of people movement are likely to change dramatically...

National security is too important to be abandoned to the politics of fear

Scott Morrison’s claim that Operation Sovereign Borders is the country’s great national security achievement overlooks all that has been achieved in a complex area. AAP/Lukas Coch No-one wants to feel insecure. The foundational element of the social contract between people and government is security. National...

Listen To Older Voices : Frank Foxcroft – Part 3

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of...

View from The Hill: Fleeing ministers fray hayband round embattled government

Linda Reynolds was today sworn in as defence industry minister and promoted into cabinet. AAP/Lukas Coch The government likes to issue the list of Labor MPs retiring at the election, to argue that Coalition senior people jumping ship is nothing out of the ordinary. That, of course,...