3 reasons to care about the culture you live in

Hard work and some hate mail – you experience both when you care about the culture you live in and advocate for those who are harmed by the worst of it. So in the midst of busy days and full lives, why should we care about the culture we live in? Why not leave it to the professional activists, rather than getting entangled in difficult … Continue reading 3 reasons to care about the culture you live in

Why axing the Premier’s Literary Awards could be the best thing that ever happened for the Arts

By Ruth Limkin If I had one dollar for every angst-laden tweet I read by the arts community about Premier’s Literary Awards, I could probably start my own Literary Awards. I don’t know why the Premier decided not to hold the awards in 2012, and I’m neither defending or rebuking the decision itself. I have, however, grown a little tired of the hyperbole I’ve heard … Continue reading Why axing the Premier’s Literary Awards could be the best thing that ever happened for the Arts

A sneak peek of “Right Social Justice: Better Ways to Help the Poor” – out soon!

By Ruth Limkin Shameless plug time. I’m a contributing author for a book which is coming out shortly, and I think everyone should buy a copy (or two). My chapter looks at community development by the church and charity sector, and was an absolute honour to write. So often, the immense contribution by the not-for-profit and volunteer fuelled sectors get overlooked. I know so many wonderful … Continue reading A sneak peek of “Right Social Justice: Better Ways to Help the Poor” – out soon!

What I find extraordinary: on beating rather than leading

By Ruth Limkin I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks but social media meant I could stay in touch with what was happening at home. That was nice enough at the beginning of my trip, but the ‘warm Aussie glow’ you feel when abroad waned as I observed the antics of those in the federal government. The activity around the federal leadership … Continue reading What I find extraordinary: on beating rather than leading

How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

By Ruth Limkin I’m intrigued. Today I read the following statement by a NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, “It is simply wrong that individuals can accumulate an unlimited number of deadly weapons with next to no scrutiny.” Shoebridge is introducing legislation into the NSW parliament to limit the number of guns that can legally be owned. It seems the magic figure is three, although why he … Continue reading How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.