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End the cynicism and start demanding better

Published at ABC The Drum on 29 February 2011 I recently saw the film The Ides of March. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the basic story (without any spoilers) follows Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), who is the junior campaign manager for a Democrat candidate for the United States president, Mike Morris (George … Continue reading

Marriage focus ignores other issues

Originally published in the Sydney Star Observer (online), 23 February 2012 Imagine for a moment this scenario. Let’s say you’re a young man living in conservative rural Australia. As you grow older you begin to realise you’re attracted to other men. Expected to stay in the family business for the rest of your life, your … Continue reading

Searching for solutions

Originally published in ANU Reporter, 14 February 2012. Collaborative research is helping to shed light on how to close the gap on Indigenous health disadvantage, writes SIMON COPLAND. We hear a lot about ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes. With a 12-year difference in life expectancy between non-Indigenous and Indigenous males, and … Continue reading

Review: Rule for Radicals

Originally published on the blog, Plan to Win, 13 February 2012 Simon Copland reviews Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, the classic text on community organising. This is another review in our series on recommended reading for campaigners, community organisers, and other activists. What books have you learnt from, been challenged by, and found inspiring? What books have informed … Continue reading

What makes a health pregnancy?

Why do some pregnancies result in healthy babies, whilst others don’t? What are the factors behind this? That’s a question that Dr Chris Nolan, an endocrinologist in the Medical School, and his team are trying to answer in new research. Nolan is focusing on the factors behind the growth of diabetes in society. He now believes that early … Continue reading