Communities in Control 2014
The Lucky Country ConferenceConference opened 26 May 2014, Melbourne
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The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Leaders Walking Eight Abreast
Australia has so many blessings that it should produce countless leaders, Michael tells us. But there are barriers - xenophobia, racism, discrimination, inequality of opportunity. Tolerance is not enough. We must embrace diversity.
What Makes a Life Worth Living?
Seduced by the merchants of happiness on the one hand and the blandishments of materialism on the other, it's easy to lose sight of what makes a life worth living. But a moment's reflection on the idea of 'goodness' will remind us that the good life is a life lived for others; a life in which we focus more on Who are we? than Who am I?
From Bush Telegraph to Twitter
From the penny post to fibre-to-the-home, every successive mode of information transfer has empowered some groups and put the means of oppression into the hands of different interests. Between government surveillance, Facebook bullying, shockjock rabblerousing, and Twitter-based flashmobs it's hard to find a niche in the public consciousness for community messages and the public interest.
How Australia Made its own Luck: and could now throw it all away
In a time when the authoritarian success story of China is strong, Australia offers a better model: a democratic success story.
Is it perfect? Of course not. But on some of the most important and apparently intractable problems of the modern world, Australia, believe it or not, is as good as it gets.