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If We’re to Have Another Inquiry into Mental Health, it Should Look at Why the Others Have Been Ignored

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to hold a royal commission into mental health if Labor wins the November state election. Last week’s announcement comes a couple of weeks after the federal government asked the Productivity Commission to inquire “into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support [...]

Indigenous People with Disability Have a Double Disadvantage and the NDIS Can’t Handle That

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with severe disability face many barriers to fully accessing the support offered by the NDIS. This group of people has already experienced long-standing isolation and are particularly vulnerable to being left behind, again. The prevalence of disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is twice that experienced by [...]

By |2018-11-05T17:50:58+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Neuroscience of Hate Speech

Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them as stupid. He has called undocumented immigrants animals. His rhetoric has been a powerful contributor to our climate of hate, which is amplified by the right-wing media and virulent [...]

By |2018-11-05T12:07:11+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What to do When Teens and Tweens’ Online Habits Blow the Family Budget

Glancing through her bank statement made Brisbane mother-of-two Belinda* realise there was a problem. What had started with a few small amounts, as little as $1.60, for video game purchases, a song or an app “add on”, racked up almost unknowingly by her teenagers, was now totalling almost $300. Neither Belinda nor her children, aged [...]

Trash Talk in Junior Footy Can Damage Kids

It should be one of the happy rituals of parenthood. You drag yourself out of bed early on a weekend, stand by the side of a sports field and with a bit of good natured grumbling about the cold, the heat or the hour, cheer your child on in sport. But for one Melbourne mother [...]

By |2018-10-29T10:55:47+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An Open Letter on the Dangers of Normalising Sex Dolls & Sex Robots

We are a coalition of humanists, parents, women’s groups, survivors, academics, and activists campaigning against commercial objectification of human beings who are concerned with the normalisation of “sex robots”. These technologies are developed and backed by academic and business robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) communities who have to date, the loudest voices shaping the policy [...]

Gay Conversion Therapy is Happening in Secret in Australia, Report Finds

The report on LGBT conversion in Australia includes anonymous interviews with 15 people who went through conversion therapy. One was going through therapy up until 2016. "We need stronger laws signalling it's harmful, inappropriate and unethical," La Trobe University's Dr Timothy Jones said. The report was released only days after part of the Ruddock review [...]

Undoing the ‘OK to Be White’ Vote May Not Undo the Damage

The Morrison government has put more than its own clumsiness on display by voting for a motion in the Senate that it is “OK to be white”. The big myth of this absurd vote was that the government made an “administrative error” and did not realise its mistake until it was too late. What is [...]

By |2018-10-22T10:01:49+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Positive Stories About Teens Rarely Make Headlines – Here’s why that Matters

Viewing the younger generation as either trouble or troubled is nothing new. In the 4th century BC even the usually open-minded Plato clutched his proverbial pearls in despair, “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild [...]

‘Race Should not Divide Australians’: New Commissioner Chin Tan

The Malaysian-born lawyer turned academic believes its a misconception to say 'Australia is a racist country'. "There are obviously racial challenges many countries would have," he told SBS News. "But it's not the same as equating the whole nation as being racist." "I've always espoused the view that Australia, compared to many other countries around [...]