Bearing the Badge of Busyness

Bearing the Badge of Busyness

The subtleties of busyness Have you noticed of late how busy people are? Inevitably when you ask someone how are they, they usually reply “I’m flat out” or “I’m really busy at the moment, How about you?”, almost like they are expecting you to be at least...

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Dear Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister

A letter to the Prime Minister of New Zealand: “Dear Prime Minister, We owe you a great debt of gratitude for the courage and foresight you had to bring an ethical premise to political leadership on the international stage. For thinking, speaking and acting through...

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A world of perpetual anger and rage!

A world of perpetual anger and rage!

Anger everywhere Recently I had the opportunity of having a week off work to gather my thoughts and regain my energy after a gruelling nine months of intense policy work. It gave me more time to read the papers, listen to the news, and observe some of the...

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Travelling without a compass? Good luck!

Travelling without a compass? Good luck!

Ideologies in Australian culture I recently had the great privilege of sharing a conversation and a coffee with Hugh Mackay, a prominent social scientist who has been commenting on Australian culture for over 30 years. His latest book, Australia...

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The Life of another Brian

The Life of another Brian

An Ordinary Man Many people would have watched Monty Python’s Life of Brian. An iconic movie portraying an ordinary man who was fundamentally misunderstood by the masses to be the messiah. This blog is dedicated to another man named Brian, who ironically,...

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Be Mindful of Children Bearing Gifts

Be Mindful of Children Bearing Gifts

Disruptor or Dancer? In his best-selling book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson tells the story of a young girl who simply didn’t fit into society in the way that most of us are expected to fit in. In school she couldn’t settle,...

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Looking back, Living Forwards

Looking back, Living Forwards

Making meaning in the world “Life is not a problem to be solved; but a reality to be experienced.” Soren Kierkegaard Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who lived in the nineteenth century and is widely acclaimed to be the first existential philosopher. He was...

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Sacred spaces, blessed places

Sacred spaces, blessed places

For years I have read the works of Joseph Campbell. A comparative mythologist who introduced me to the intersections of Philosophy, theology and mythology. Campbell was one on those great original thinkers of history. Early in his life, he studied...

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An Ode to my Wife

An Ode to my Wife

Birthdays Yesterday I turned 54. Not a particularly big milestone for most of us. In fact, I travelled to Melbourne yesterday afternoon to attend a conference that I have the great privilege of speaking at every year. And in a job like mine, Sunday...

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Architects and Authors

Architects and Authors

Why I'm arguing with Aristotle There is an ancient Greek belief, based largely upon the philosophers such as Aristotle, that the only people who deserve compassion are those who do not deserve their suffering. Or to say it another way, some people deserve...

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Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Remembering  Bourke Street Many people would remember the tragic event in the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne on 20th January 2017. The male driver of a motor vehicle intentionally drove down through the Mall, aiming his car at as many people as possible, killing a...

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The inevitability of natural hazard events

The inevitability of natural hazard events

Not 'if'  - only 'when' and 'where' The idea of the inevitability of natural hazard events was well and truly reinforced in my mind when visiting Marysville and Kinglake, some days after the tragic fires in Victoria of 7 February 2009. I stood in the...

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A short word on Forgiveness

A short word on Forgiveness

Guilty or not guilty – an interesting question! We all experience guilt as part of our psyche. Seen positively, it aids us throughout our lives, helping us to maintain a close relationship with our soul or consciousness, its moral compass, and its desire...

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A short word on Compassion

A short word on Compassion

Finding opportunities for compassion Over the past 33 years, having personally experienced the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of severe to catastrophic natural hazard events as well as witnessing these impacts on those who directly lost...

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A short word on Trust

A short word on Trust

The Meaning of a Uniform Every Police, Fire and Emergency Service (PF&ES) in Australia, as in most other countries in the world, wears a uniform with a badge on each shoulder. When I ask members of PF&ES what the badge symbolises, the usual...

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Perfect Symbols – Imperfect Symbols

Perfect Symbols – Imperfect Symbols

A God, Held High Many people would remember the story of Lance Armstrong, 7 times winner of the Tour de France cycling race, arguably the most arduous cycling race in the world. His early life story involved his courageous battle with testicular cancer and...

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A Question of Faith

A Question of Faith

  The blissful silence of knowing Throughout the course of my career I have witnessed much loss and suffering as well as much courage and faith. They all seem to go hand in hand to a greater or lesser degree. I want to briefly reflect on the concept of faith....

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