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ABS Australian Social Trends, Dec 2009

ABS - Australian Social Trends, Dec 2009 ( http://www.abs.gov.au/ ausstats/[email protected]/mf/4102.0? OpenDocument ) have just been released with interesting statistics (a few pages on each area) for each …

Run by young people for young people...

I recently attended a RYLA which is a youth-led camp that ran from the 28th November -4th December 2009. At the camp we participated in a number of activities, listened to many great and at times ver…

If I Had My Life To Live Over

Here's something inspirational piece that written by Nadine Strain that I would like to share with you all as it will hopefully inspire each of you to live your life and achieve the things in lif…

Your help is needed to oppose new move on and random search powers law

Information regarding this proposed law has been sent to me via a youth link which I would like to share with you all. This seems like something that is going to be debated that is quite concerning a…

Our power as human beings...

We live and share our lives in a world with various organisms all around the world including animals, creatures, insects etc. Too often it is easy for us to believe that we should get that can of ins…

Live according to your thoughts.

'Honestly express yourself' is one of the core belief of Bruce Lee, who, in his Lost Interview DVD (Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview) consistently encourages. For him, honestly expressing yours…

It's all in the mind...

They say, 'it's all in the mind', and this injured lady proved it walking and powerwalking from Docklands all the way to Donvale (i.e. if she made it). I witnessed her presence at the 20k…

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” -Kahlil Gibran This is such a great quote! It sums up the true nature of how we can …

A person is a person through other persons...

Recently, I attended the APCCAN (Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect) 2009 conference in Perth (15-19 November 2009) as part of the Youth Participant Program and was kindly s…

Young people can make a difference...

We each can make a difference in our own way, as each of us as the different skills, knowledge, awareness and interests that will no doubt change the world in which we live in. From the new invention…

Early investments (on young people)... not followed up by later investments are not productive

An interesting US article, Youth Today: One More Time: Don’t Pit Preschoolers Against Teens, http://forumfyi.org/content/youth-today-one-more-time-dont-pit-preschoolers-against-teens provides an ins…

Youth Report - State of Australian People report 2009

The Youth Report - State of Australian People report came out recently and although it covers a number of different areas from education, work, social participation and technology use, I would like …

Everyone holds an important role in society

We seem to live in a world where everyone is free to make their own decisions, own judgements, make their own assessments, and yet, there are times when we can quite critical of ourselves and others,…

Success means something different to everyone...

Success for some is seen as getting what one desires, while for others it can simply mean to keep hanging in there and trying, never failing to give up, and to keep trying until one gets it right. …

Are we truly better than everyone else?

An old boss of mine once told me, “we're better than everyone else...that's why we're here today". He made this comment just as we were enjoying a team lunch sponsored by our firm, a…

The language of the hands

Sign language At the Youth Parliament and Diversity @ Work events I saw many sign language interpreters translating what we all take for granted, the ability to listen. Now something that I have fou…

Finding your vocation...

I recently attended the Diversity @ Work Awards dinner through my involvement with the Australian Computer Society's Young Professionals in IT (ACS YIT) where we were nominated for the 'Today…

YACVic conference and the lost generation?

About the conference The YACVic ‘Here, Now and Next’ conference was held on the 14-15 October 2009 in Ballarat at the Mercure Hotel and has been organised and managed by the Youth Affairs Council of…

Beyond the marathon...

"Run the Melbourne marathon every year" was one of my goals, probably like any other runner, until I did my knees in May this year... While it has set me back and now has meant that I wi…

My brief insight into a refugee camp

Until recently, I have never been to a refugee camp, although like most of us, I have seen and heard the typical stories and images of refugee camps from TV, movies and the like. It wasn’t until last…

Youth Parliament Camp 2009

I have always been quite interested in exploring and discovering the systems and structures in place in society and the role each of them plays in our society. One of these is the Parliament house o…

ACS Young Professionals in IT conference 2009

The Australian Computer Society Young Professionals in IT (ACS YIT) conference was held in Sydney, 3-4 September 2009. It aimed to provide a forum for young IT professionals to come together and sha…

The Six Pillars of Character

The Six Pillars of Character from the Josephson Institute of Ethics is a great listing of the values and qualities that I believe one should hold. Here is a nice summary from them on their six main …

It's the true intentions that matter...

No one is the same, and although we may share the same interests or experiences, everyone is different in one way or another. We all look, talk, act and relate differently from one another. We all h…

Childhood memories

Do you find it hard to remember what you did yesterday or even today? Yet memories from your childhood, like that time when you were riding that bike as a kid down the street, eating that favourite i…

Every bit counts...

For most of us, life always seems to get busier and busier each day, and while we always try to find the time to do things, there doesn't ever seem to be enough time in the day to 'do it all&…

Utopian dreams have no place...

Life is always full of uncertainty. We never know whether we have enough right information to make those key decisions that we need to in our everyday lives. But how much information is enough? Shoul…

The Nutritional Value diet

No doubt you've heard it all before from someone you know or in a movie say, "I'm going on a diet!" Perhaps you've even tried to go on a diet yourself with no luck or only shor…

Wants vs needs

Society is always telling us that we should have this and that and most of us have come to believe, to desire, and to want all those things that they market to us. But how much of it do we really nee…

Be happy

Be Happy Life has it's ups and downs, as you've probably heard before, it has it's challenges, it's joyfulness and it's sorrows. But even in times of despair one should always…

Seeing gifts for its true intrinsic value

It is easy in today’s society to take the face value for everything around us, given the ‘materialistic’, ‘consumer driven’ society that we live in. It’s easy to get bogged down in this mindset, as …

A few meaningful and deep life quotes

I love my quotes. Here are a few to get you thinking about how one should live one's life. The last one I find is something that has become most true to me recently. "Do not dwell in the …

What is life like beyond tomorrow?

What is life like beyond tomorrow? There is always so much uncertainty around what we expecting to experience through our day to day experiences. In that, the world changes every day and as an anc…
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