It was more than 15 years ago that I had my only child. Like a lot of other mums, I remember it like it happened yesterday. But unlike a lot of other parents, I don't remember a lot of joy from that day.
Democracy can often fall far short of what a genuinely effective, representative political system should be. The trouble is that so far, no one has come up with anything better. I just hope that someone, somewhere, is working on it ...
The definition of what it means to be homeless is much broader than many of us think. It includes not only people sleeping on the streets, but is a term which describes a number of living scenarios. The term encompasses anyone who involuntarily has no fixed address.
Recovering solicitor, who now just wants us all to be nicer to each other
About a week ago I read an excellent article by Penelope Blackmore in defense of being a little bit mean. It was excellent for a few reasons, but the main reason was that I disagreed with it profoundly while still finding her very, very convincing.
Unless you’re replacing your morning coffee with kale juice, dragging yourself out of bed at 5am for another punishing workout and spending your entire Sunday afternoon preparing food for the week, these days it can feel like you’re just not trying hard enough to be healthy. But that's not the case...
It is a dichotomy that is familiar to many siblings, who are tied together in a relationship that is strange and complex, full of contradictions, and veering wildly between love and resentment, complicity and rivalry.
My late grandfather used to give me chocolate frogs when I was a little tacker. It earned him the nickname Grandpa Choc. He didn’t necessarily know the health benefits of chocolate, but he knew that giving me the occasional chocolate frog always brought a smile to my dial.
What baffles me the most is that people readily come up with reasons to travel like it’s a prerequisite. It’s not. If you want to trek mountains, experience traditional lifestyles and immerse yourself in culture, do it. If you want to go on a three-month booze cruise throughout Asia, go for it.
Outdoor leader, teacher, freelance writer and travel blogger
Stronger donations laws won't fix everything but they would be an excellent start towards cleaning up our democracy, and to ensuring that political parties are beholden to the public rather than rich patrons.
One of the most powerful moves we can make is to act upon male violence, through using our education systems to challenge the idea that violence is acceptable, taking violence against women seriously, and provided interventions for violent men to challenge their behaviour.
Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director and CEO of production company Fuuse
Some politicians have mistakenly suggested that, in order to protect “our” culture and “our” way of life, the parliament should curtail the freedom of Australians to practise any religion that is not Christianity. As well as being offensive to around nine out of 20 Australians, such a restriction is contrary to our own Constitution.
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General, and Member for Moreton
Who wants to talk about postnatal depression? No one, because it's hideous. It's agonising and we feel humiliated and it's not something we want to make public. And that’s why we need to talk about it.
Blogger, wife, mother and stay-at-home hero
On Friday evening, I was alerted to the fact that a group of Year 11 students from an elite private boys school had set up an Instagram account. The purpose of the site was clear; to humiliate young girls, or "young sluts" as they were called. My daughter, who is in Year 6, was featured in one of these photos.
You represent my worst parking nightmare. Every time I park in a disabled space I fear judgement. Before opening the door I always survey who is watching. I then brace myself for the dirty looks, the sniggers and remarks. And today, you have delivered.
Author of ‘Life Interrupted’, writes to impart confidence that it is possible to move beyond life’s interruptions
Combining Google Maps and virtual reality, Pokémon GO uses real locations to encourage players to catch Pokémon with their phones. Using geolocation, a player’s smartphone vibrates when a Pokémon is in their vicinity... therein lies the key to its addictiveness.
No matter how well the state tries to prevent future attacks based on previous ones, no matter how well you will be searched at airports or before entering a stadium, if terrorists want to scare you off, they will find new innovative ways for doing so. But we can find equally innovative ways to deter and redirect people who would commit terrorist acts.