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Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

yes, getup fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes.AAP Over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched a new assault on the campaigning group GetUp. At the Liberal Party’s state conference in Adelaide, he saidGetUp needed to be “accountable for what they say and do”. They want to...

Why do I dwell on the past?

why do i dwell on the past?
Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful.shutterstock Many of us enjoy writing in a diary, reading autobiographies or nostalgically reflecting with others about past times. Why is remembering our past so important? Are there downsides? And what can we do if...

Cream Of the Crate: #6 – Various Artists _ Cruisin’ 1961

cream of the crate: #6 – various artists _ cruisin’ 1961
     This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site which was abandoned for its current site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.   From the Cream of the Crate Collection – An album in my...

Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?
The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps? Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Constellations of stars have helped us shape our own ongoing narratives and cultures – creating meaning in the sky...

For the first time in centuries, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it

for the first time in centuries, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it
The avocado latte is indeed a thing, but young Australians are spending less on luxuries than they used to, while older Australians are spending more. Each new generation of Australians since Federation has enjoyed a better standard of living than the one that came before it. Until now. Today’s young Australians are in danger of falling behind. A new...

Listen To Older Voices : Mike Rudd – Part 3

listen to older voices : mike rudd – 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 positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable...

Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

pacific island nations will no longer stand for australia’s inaction on climate change
The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region. The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu last week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory. Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the...

Cream Of the Crate: #5 – Son House _ The Real Delta Blues

cream of the crate: #5 – son house _ the real delta blues
      This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site which was abandoned for its current site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site. An album in my collection that is irreplaceable, and simply a classic! The...

Sunday essay: my brush with Susan Sontag and other tales from the gay ‘golden age’

sunday essay: my brush with susan sontag and other tales from the gay ‘golden age’
Dennis Altman in Santa Cruz California in 1984, Author provided The years between the gay liberation movement at the beginning of the 1970s and the onset of AIDS a decade later are viewed in a certain strand of gay nostalgia as “the golden age”. It’s hardly surprising that those who lived through the period might see it this way; in...