Thursday, December 10, 2009

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 of the following:
  • Jobless
  • Families
  • Living alone
  • Smoking, risky drinking and obesity
  • Pre-school attendance
  • Patterns in work
  • International comparisons
A sample of some interesting details provided from the smoking, risky drinking and obesity analysis:
  • Obesity and smoking were more common in the most disadvantaged areas.
  • Blue collar workers such as technicians, trade workers, labourers, drivers and machinery operators were much more likely to be current smokers (30%) than people in all other occupations (18%).
  • Studies have shown that once children become obese they are more likely to stay obese into adulthood and have an increased risk of developing the associated diseases
  • Of all adults who were inactive, over one-quarter (27%) were obese, compared with 16% of people who had a high level of exercise.
  • Around 459,000 (or 3.5% of) adults aged 15 years or over who were not current smokers and 291,000 (or 7.2% of) children aged under 15 years lived in a household where a daily smoker was reported to have smoked indoors.
  • Overweight or obese smokers were twice as likely to have heart disease as people who were within the normal weight range and who had never smoked, 2.2 times as likely to have Type 2 diabetes, and 2.8 times as likely to have bronchitis.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

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 very inspiring and thought-provoking speakers on topics surrounding leadership, personal development and community. I won’t dab too much into them as I do not wish to spoil the experience for any potential RYLArian participants.

Overall, it has been an experience is something that will not be easily forgotten; as it has been able to help me reflect and find my true sense of self. It has helped me to clarify and open myself up to new ideas and experiences that I had left dominant or in an uneasy and/or uncertain stage beforehand. I have felt as though many of my future ambitions, dreams and goals were reaffirmed, made clearer and as though I have realised some of the support and courage from within that I needed to continue pursuing these ambitions.

It seems apparent to me now that it had been a welcome break, a welcome step away from my day-to-day life, with a step back towards reflecting on what has been in my life, and a step forward towards my present life and envisioning what the future may lie for me – which is what I will make of it.

The entire time and experience that has been spent at this vibrant, friendly and always accommodating camp has allows us (young participants and facilitators) to work together towards achieving that award – the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).

So for any fellow and potential RYLA participants reading this, please take the experience as a place where you can take the time to reflect, take a deep look at one self and make new wonderful lifelong friends...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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 life that you seek to truly achieve :)

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I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.
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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 as it appears that it hasn't been properly investigated and consulted within the community.

Here are the details below:

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On Tuesday 8th December the Upper House of Victorian Parliament will debate and vote on proposed new laws that give invasive powers for police which will impact on the everyday life of tens of thousands of Victorians. On 26 November the Government and the Opposition members in the Lower House of Parliament passed the proposed laws despite acknowledging they breach fundamental human rights.

We seek your urgent support to oppose this proposed law and request voting be deferred until politicians properly investigate and consult with community rather than rush it through Parliament.

The proposed ‘Summary Offences and Weapons Control Amendment’ Bill introduces new ‘move on powers’ for police that enable them to order any one to move away from public spaces even if they haven’t committed any crime. Interstate experience indicates these laws will target young people in particular.

The Bill also allows the police to conduct random searches including strip searches of children under 18 in certain circumstances. Similar proposed legislation in WA has been sent off for investigation by an upper house Committee due to the public uproar about the impact of these invasive powers on the community.

If you don't want laws that have proven to be ineffective, unfairly target young people and create unnecessary conflict between community groups and police then please send an email such as the one below, to the Government by Tuesday 8th December 2009.

SUGGESTED EMAIL MESSAGE
I AM WRITING TO URGE YOU TO OPPOSE THE ‘SUMMARY OFFENCES AND WEAPONS CONTROL AMENDMENT ACT’ BILL OR AT LEAST DEFER PASSING THE BILL UNTIL THERE HAS BEEN A PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS SUCH A LAW. THE INVESTIGATION SHOULD PARTICULARLY ENABLE CONSULTATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE, HOMELESS PEOPLE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE EFFECTED BY THESE LAWS.

Please email to:

[email protected]gov.au Premier, Leader of the government, ALP
[email protected]gov.au Leader of the Opposition, Liberal party
[email protected]au Attorney General, ALP
[email protected]gov.au Minister for Police and Emergency Services, ALP
[email protected]au Leader of the National party
[email protected]gov.au Greens, Australian Whip


Other links of interest
- Second Reading Speech in the Victorian parliament
http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/downloadhansard/pdf/Assembly/Jul-Dec%202009/Assembly%20Jul-Dec%202009%20Daily%2025%20November%202009.pdf

Check out pp 90 to 97 of Hansard Nov 25th Second reading speech by Peter Ryan National, Tony Lupton ALP and Andrew McIntosh.

- Media release: http://www.youthlaw.asn.au/upload/mediarelease-streetlawsnov2009.pdf
- Joint letter to Minister Cameron http://www.youthlaw.asn.au/upload/mincameronproposedmoveonpowers_finalpdf.pdf
- Submission to SARC Parliamentary Committee http://www.youthlaw.asn.au/upload/youthlawsarcsubmission-summaryoffencesandcontrolofweaponsactsamendmentbill_2_.pdf

- Article in Sunday Age 29th November 2009 http://www.theage.com.au/national/police-to-have-power-to-stripsearch-at-random-20091128-jy0e.html

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