Grounded in truth: reconciling the past

2.5.2019/By Michael McLeod

Looking back on my life, I feel privileged to have met extraordinary people. I have been able to see the perspective of others, especially Aboriginal people and see what we are confronted with. To be acknowledged as the first Australians and have the rest of Australia recognise what it’s been like for us since colonisation. It has made me realise, what we are going through is a healing process and I feel privileged to participate in changing the direction of how Aboriginal people are perceived. …

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It’s time for the change-makers

7.11.2018/By Mirabelle Morah

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we only borrow it from our children and so we must do our best to leave the best legacies behind, to love well, love better and show kindness in the best way. I look forward to collaborating with different bodies to hold leadership and networking workshops for creatives, artists and writers so we can have more people interested in using their art for advocacy. To me, kindness, respect, and helping others shouldn’t just be an option, it should be our lifestyle and our responsibility.” …

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The poetry of kindness

24.10.2018/By Solli Raphael

The rippling effect of actions of kindness goes further than most of us could imagine. Our world really needs to up its game when it comes to actions of kindness. Imagine, if our richest people gave only 10% of their wealth to people and communities in need as a result of acting kindly? Or imagine if our national policies were developed based on real-life scenarios involving the thoughts, advice and facts from the people who suffer the most? I think the way to improve the future is to keep the reality real. …

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Stitched with kindness

16.8.2018/By Munjed Al Muderis

Christmas Island is where I learnt the most valuable lesson of my life, the act of human kindness. I was asked to interpret for the Australian Federal Police while they intercepted a boat. One of the Deputies asked me, “when was the last time you spoke to your family?” I replied “just before I left Jakarta”. The Deputy told me that he was putting his job on the line, pulled out a satellite phone and asked me to sit on the ground. He told me to call my family. …

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Entitled to make a positive change

9.8.2018/By Mercy Ngulube

I talk about the entitlement that is so often spoken of millennials. The one thing I love people feeling entitled to is the right to change their circumstances, for the better. So many of the problems we see in the world today come because of disregard of the simple ability to be kind, to care and to empathise. So many of the solutions we’ve seen in response to injustice, have come because people understand the importance of exercising their ability to change their circumstances. …

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AIME at Parliament House

26.7.2018/By Ben Abbatangelo

Australian politics dominated the conversation this week as we witnessed an all too familiar change in political leadership. The journalists smelt blood and relished at the opportunity, paying microscopic attention to the cracks and division within Parliament. The only story, and most compelling of them all, that is yet to be told is the one that I’m about to tell - and it’s a story that will one by one heal wounds, glue together cracks and knit the country back together. …

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