Double Remembrance of Our Need for Kindness

Double Remembrance of Our Need for Kindness

Yesterday, 11th November, was Remembrance Day; an important date in the Australian calendar, and now for me it brings an extra reason to remember. For this date now also marks the anniversary of having been awarded 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year. Tomorrow, 13th...
Australian Identity Forum

Australian Identity Forum

Clockwise from back left: Richard Eccleston (of the Institute for the Study of Social Change), Ant Edler, Margaret Steadman, Rosalie Martin, Mitch McPherson. Photo by Matt Farrell. Tasmania’s Australians of the year for 2017, Rosalie Martin, Mitch McPherson,...
Intolerant of Tolerance

Intolerant of Tolerance

Tolerance is a low horizon. It is often held up as a virtue which Australians should display to accommodate the nation’s diversity of human experiences. But it does not lead us toward our richest flourishing, and it is not magnanimous. The word tolerance arises...
Murray On Your Face

Murray On Your Face

I noticed that he was staring at my mouth with studied fascination – and then he suddenly reached out and took my face in his little hands, pulled me around toward him and exclaimed with loud revelation, “You’ve got Murray on your face!” What!?...
Zenith 

Zenith 

This story is about a four letter word. Allow me to create a scene for you. One that has happened many times over the lovely years of privilege of my work. I am sitting on a tiny chair at a little table in my playful speech pathology clinic room with a child and his...