The abusers within our churches

The abusers within our churches

In the last year or two domestic violence has loomed large in public discussion. No-one seems to know quite how prevalent it is, but we know that 2 women die each week at the hands of their partner and that surveys consistently show up to 1 in 4 women over the age of 15 have… Continue Reading

The real reason we want to ban Muslim migration

The real reason we want to ban Muslim migration

Last week a lot of us were talking about the Essential poll  which showed that 49% of Australians wanted a ban on Muslim immigration1)http://www.essentialvision.com.au.  Like many, I assumed that the reason was the  association of Islam with terrorism in popular thinking,  but a closer look at the data suggests another story.  Those who supported a ban… Continue Reading

Three questions for the Prime Minister

Three questions for the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister, I followed with some interest the speeches on Australia’s approach to the refugee crisis that you gave this week in New York. Given you have commended Australia’s approach to the rest of the world, I have a few questions I would like to ask. 1. If every country adopted Australia’s approach, where… Continue Reading

Some Reflections on Transgender and Intersex

Some Reflections on Transgender and Intersex

In the past few years I have done a lot of reflecting around issues of sexuality. One area with which I have only begun to engage is intersex, which I take to refer to people whose biological sex doesn’t conform to either male or female, and transgender, which I take to refer to people whose… Continue Reading

What’s happening with the Syrian refugees Australia agreed to take?

What’s happening with the Syrian refugees Australia agreed to take?

In September last year the federal government committed to taking a once off tranche of 12,000 refugees from Syria in addition to the 13,750 people who would be granted humanitarian visas each year. So what’s been happening? I wrote to the Department and they replied informing me that the government had set itself a timeframe… Continue Reading

Shake, rattle, roll. A Parkinsons Update.

Shake, rattle, roll. A Parkinsons Update.

People often inquire how I’m going with my Parkinsons, so I thought I’d provide an update… Over the last few months I have deteriorated a bit. I take meds every 3.5 hours. When they have fully kicked in I move freely, but as they’re kicking in or wearing off my muscles stiffen and my hands… Continue Reading

A time to embrace. A better way to respond to terrorism

A time to embrace. A better way to respond to terrorism

Ever since September 11, 2001, Western nations have been living in the shadow of terrorism. The 2002 Bali bombings  made the threat very real for Australians. More recently we’ve seen the attacks in Europe and in our own country a disturbed man claiming allegiance to Islamic State taking hostages in the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place and… Continue Reading