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Australia is facing a rubbish and recycling crisis of enormous proportions. Our addiction to a throwaway culture is catching up with us.

This mild mannered intellectual catapulted to online (and now offline) fame over the last 18 months. His youtube channel is approaching 1 million subscribers, and his new book ’12 Rules for Life – an Antidote to Chaos’ is a bestselling book on amazon.com

Ronald Henderson famously chaired a Commission of Inquiry into Poverty in the early 1970’s. Following the release of the Commission’s reports, the ‘Henderson Poverty Line’ became the standard used by researchers to gauge progress in the community.

It’s very likely that some of the items in your next bag of shopping, will have been made by people who are poorly paid, unfairly treated, even enslaved. Thankfully, more than 400 brands are now getting their Ethical Fashion tick of approval.

The United Nations recently declared that the world currently faces humanitarian crisis at a scale not seen since the end of World War II. More than 20 million people are facing starvation and famine.

Men and women leaving the military often find it tough to transition into civilian life; especially those who’ve been impacted by overseas deployment, or who have served for long periods of time.

Knowing that more than 116,000 Australians are homeless, is sad enough. But learning that 1 in 20 of them could be Australian Defence Force veterans, is downright upsetting.

Imagine a paper chain, made up of bright yellow festival wrist bands, stretching more than five kilometres long. On each of those looped wrist bands, is a message: a prayer to God, written by an ordinary Australian, about something they want to see changed for the better.

This happy union, that most of the world seems to be celebrating and embracing, stands in contrast to the sad royal events of a quarter-century ago.

What is life like when you have been held in offshore detention for four years, with little to no hope of permanent resettlement?


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