A journalist in Iraq: Michael Ware’s never ending war

John Treadgold

Micheal Ware has been called the most courageous Aussie journalist of his generation. He spent more time in Afghanistan and Iraq than almost any other journalist; he also has the other dubious honour of being the only Western journalist to have been captured by Al Qaeda, but then released. He’s got a broad Aussie accent … Continue reading A journalist in Iraq: Michael Ware’s never ending war

Malcolm Turnbull and Australia’s diverging hopes and fears

Aaron Jones

Malcolm Turnbull is a tremendously intelligent man who has had a diverse and successful career, communicates well and holds progressive views on number of social issues. Malcolm Turnbull was all of these things in November 2009 when shortly before the Liberal Party rolled him for Tony Abbott as Opposition Leader, he received the second lowest … Continue reading Malcolm Turnbull and Australia’s diverging hopes and fears

Danny’s Story: Peace, Love & The Power of Kindness

Jeremy Hillman

Local legend Danny Lim is 71 years old and has been delighting Sydney-siders for many years, sharing his quirky messages of peace and happiness with anyone lucky enough to encounter him. Usually wearing a sandwich board and always with his beloved dog Smartie by his side, Danny spends most mornings smiling and bringing us cheer as … Continue reading Danny’s Story: Peace, Love & The Power of Kindness

Sharks, Plane Crashes and Unfair Dismissal Laws

Aaron Jones

There a lot of fears in life that are not rational or proportionate to the actual harm they cause. Cockroaches, spiders, clowns, clusters of fungus and, it would seem, Australia’s unfair dismissal laws. The Productivity Commission released its draft report on Australia’s workplace relations system on August 4 and it’s worth a read (if not … Continue reading Sharks, Plane Crashes and Unfair Dismissal Laws

Islamophobia & The Entrepreneurs of Fear

Jeremy Hillman

Phobia, or irrational fear, is an unfortunate hallmark of social and political discourse throughout the world; often exploited for gain by those who have a responsibility to do exactly the opposite. Rampant homophobia used to stoke fears that gay people were sexual deviants out to destroy our way of life. Now it’s rampant Islamophobia advancing … Continue reading Islamophobia & The Entrepreneurs of Fear