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The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that the average full-time income is $81,900 per year. This puts the average Australian worker in the top 1 percent of income earners on the planet. So why is it that we’re not among the happiest 1 percent?
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The other day a person on the street asked me if I cared about children with HIV. They asked it just like that, as I have typed it. “Do you care about children with HIV?” the man asked as I was briskly walking past, on my way to somewhere. How was I supposed to answer that?
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In 2013, I volunteered to teach English at an education centre in East Bali for a month. I was armed with nothing more than good intentions and a need to 'give back' because of my own middle-class privilege. But within the first few weeks, I begun to realise that the volunteers' presence might actually be more damaging for the students' education.
How did we come to be so reliant on corporate sponsorship and private philanthropy that its withdrawal can have such an impact on an arts organisation, large or small?