Through our events and conversations, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of why things are the way they are and how we can collaborate to fix them.
We’re all aware the world is under a lot of pressure economically, politically, environmentally, and socially. Not only are we facing a pandemic that has affected every life on this planet, but unprecedented fires, climate change, threats to civil liberties, and many other interconnected issues loom large.
The world seems set on a collision course to destruction, and many feel powerless to stop it. But we believe change is possible and we’re at a pivotal moment in time with more opportunity than ever to be a part of this change.
- The non-violent vaccineSTUART REES: Several dangerous pandemics threaten people’s lives. Only one is the familiar Covid infection. A long lasting, insidious virus concerns men’s violence, their supposed problem solving via anger, fists, guns, knives, machetes, boots and batons to oppress any one who gets in their way. Their targets are usually physically weaker people, women, children, dissidents and in the case of men in uniform, the political opponents of their state government employers.
- The imploding university empireRICHARD HIL: It’s estimated that over 17,000 university academics and other staff have already lost their jobs since the outbreak of the pandemic. The projected number of job losses is around 21,000 although the truth is, no-one really knows what the final figure will be.
- When will we stop the desecration of Indigenous sacred sites?JOSEPH CAMILLERI: Indigenous culture remains the tragic casualty of corporate greed and government indifference.
- Is COVID-19 the pandemic we had to have?JOSEPH CAMILLERI: We’re learning the hard way what works against COVID-19. But there are deeper lessons we would do well to digest. In the space of a year, the virus has infected close to 110 million people, caused over 2.4 million deaths, driven health and other frontline workers to physical and emotional exhaustion, and brought hospitals to near breaking point.
- Can Australia transition from being a belligerent nation to a regional and global peace nation?ALLAN PATIENCE: At the very heart of Australian foreign and defence policy is an obsessive belief bordering on paranoia that the country must be intimately allied to “great and powerful friends” to deter any threats to its security. From the earliest days of white settlement until the Japanese over-ran Singapore in 1942, that “friend” was assumed to be Britain.
- Between War and Peace: Australia’s Past and FutureSUE WAREHAM: Whether Australia and other nations plan for a world at peace or a world at war will determine much about our future. The latter would preclude solutions to just about every pressing global issue. The former would offer hope of a sustainable future for all. This paper advocates three steps that Australia could begin with.
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