Crossing over from the dark side... PR... five years ago, Kate Taylor found herself looking for something to do. She turned to the only thing that keeps talented writers lacking the required tortured soul of a commercially profitable novellist, fed. Journalism. A devoted news junkie who works from home writing for a newspaper and a magazine, and who enjoys creating imaginary work colleagues based on an unlikely cross between the cast of Mad men and John Cleese, Kate takes current issues and drags them kicking and screaming into LOCAL relevance.
More than 120 Catholic priests and Brothers have been convicted of child abuse crimes in Australia. 40 victims have taken their own lives. Both numbers look set to increase. It's an epidemic we can learn from. The older generations say that's just how it used to be. The younger gen
Maybe, just maybe, Farnsy was onto something. Among all those bagpipes, maybe there was a message that we should all be taking on board now. Maybe you're the voice. Maybe you should try and understand it. Then make it loud and make it clear.
And one of the best ways to do that, is as a councillor.
Some things, Australians are just awesome at. Literally, properly awesome, as in, inspiring awe.
Take our obsession with building ‘big' things, for example. The Big Pineapple. The big Prawn. The Big Merino. The Big Rocking horse. The Big Gina Rinehart. **That last one may not actually exist.
Wind Turbines everywhere; the US, Germany and China. Figures from 2010 show that wind power is used to generate 2.5 per cent of the energy used in the world, by 2013 it will be 3.35 per cent and up to 8 per cent by 2018.
Basically, it's the way of the future. So why is it that this very clean
For a while there, she's your hero. Your role model. Your mentor.
But then you start to look around a bit, and find that there are even cooler people out there than your mum.
Role models, and more importantly, mentors, are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. We have a national mentor health is
The fact is, mining companies have the legal right to enter properties - anyone's property - for mining purposes. They can stand on the land someone else owns and purge it of anything worthwhile under its surface. Mantle Mining is currently conducting exploratory drilling with the aim of extra
We used to be a people that championed causes. If there was an underdog, we'd back ‘em. Women not allowed the right to vote? We'll fix that, we said. Don't like the war in Vietnam? We'll rally, rally, rally. Nuclear testing? Hell no, we cried. National outcry was a matter of pride. Now it
Just one more piece won't hurt anybody? Chocolate is not the same as heroin. Being addicted to chocolate is not like being addicted to drugs. But it's easy to see how smoothly addiction can happen.
A report released after a ‘high level Australia21 roundtable' this week says that Australia has
The Global Financial Crisis has hit philanthropy hard in Ballarat; not only has there been a marked drop-off in the larger, infrequent donations that the Foundation is based on, but the return they get from investing that donated capital had dropped from an estimated 10 to 20 per cent per annum pre-
How the rise of independent online media threatens to give way to the fall of journalistic ethics and responsibility. No, no, no, don't click the ‘back' button yet, I may not have an appearance by George Clooney like the Kony 2012 campaign but this stuff is important, and it's all about you.