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Nothing brings home the vastness of our continent more than remote communities being cut off by flooding. We have watched this reality with the recent devastating rains in northern WA.

Why we should declare all NDIS fraudsters un-Australian

Sam Kekovich is a bit like the Santa of Australian culture. He only appears once a year, as our lamb ambassador. Some of his ads could be nominated for best short film at the Oscars. Of course, these ads are a clever marketing ploy, but each Australia Day they do tend to capture an element of Australian life that we can all relate to.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission report shows need to do better on shared housing

Most of us list having a place to call home as essential to our quality of life. A home is about more than bricks and mortar. It is a sanctuary. A place where we feel comfortable and safe.

Biggest challenge lies in returning trust lost in Australia’s aged care system

We approach every New Year with a sense of optimism, don’t we? In the early days of January, once the frenetic lead up to Christmas is behind us and public holidays have made us forget what day it is, we stop for just a moment to contemplate what this year will bring.

Grateful attitude in times of crisis is powerful coping mechanism, UCLA research finds

There is a Greater Good Science Centre at UCLA, Berkley. Researchers there study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of wellbeing. They found that having a grateful attitude in times of crisis is a powerful coping mechanism.

Robodebt saga shows need for frank and fearless public service

Last night, the robodebt royal commission heard from a true Australian legend. Colleen Taylor was the Centrelink worker who in 2017 raised concerns within the Department of Human Services about robodebt.

The mega-rich one percenters need to butt out of wage debate

We seem to be bombarded by news of billionaires behaving badly these days.

Underdog Aussie Socceroos will do us proud at FIFA 2022 World Cup

One of my favourite build-ups to any international sporting event is the singing of national anthems. Whether it’s our Advance Australia Fair, America’s Star Spangled Banner or Ukraine’s State Anthem, they never fail to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Medibank, Optus data breaches show Australia’s online safeguards are outdated

By the time you read this I should be waking up in Estonia, a small Baltic nation that shares a border with Russia and has a population half that of WA.

True extent of Robodebt shame revealed

In the 1993 Oscar nominated true-life drama In the Name of the Father starring Daniel Day-Lewis, a film about the Guildford Four, who were wrongly convicted of being IRA bombers, there is a pivotal moment where a lawyer finds a note that provides an alibi for the accused.

In times of disaster, Australians are at their best

Labor handed down its first Budget in a decade last night and front of mind for Treasurer Jim Chalmers were the Australians directly impacted by the floods raging across the Eastern States.

Bali bombings’ quiet heroes

At about 11pm on October 12, 2002, the first of three explosions detonated in the Bali tourist district of Kuta. Travellers and locals alike were enjoying the balmy night at Paddy’s Bar and Sari Nightclub before the attacks were carried out.

Making the invisible visible

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the power of sport and how it shapes the lives of so many Aussies. In 10 days you can see how much sport has positively impacted the athletes participating in Australia’s Special Olympics National Games for 2022 held in Launceston. From 17-21 October, almost 750 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete for gold, silver or bronze hardware.

Time for us to all do better

This week has been one of the most memorable and exciting moments in my time in politics. I made an exciting announcement about significant disability leadership appointments for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

AFL grand final is a sign life is returning to normal

The 2022 AFL season is special for a number of reasons. It marks the first full AFL season since 2019 and, I hope, helps put to bed a couple of very tumultuous years for Australians.

The Queen transcended politics

Early yesterday morning Australian time, London welcomed its Queen home in its classic style: dark, raining, and sombre.

Getting the homeless help where it’s needed

There’s nothing more “Melbourne” than the AFL finals. I know this might be controversial, especially for this WA audience, but ask any fan who visits Victoria in September and there is a thrill in the air generated by finals madness.

Closing ‘shameful chapter’

Just before Christmas in 2016, about 40,000 Australians received an end-of-year surprise, and it wasn’t the good kind waiting for them under the tree.

Sport has a unique power to uplift

I shared an article earlier this month on Twitter, about the Echuca Rockets, an all-abilities AFL team changing the lives of the players and their local community.

Shift mindset on disability

I have fond memories of one of my first-ever jobs, in a butcher shop. It was my family’s local, so I got to know the shop owner well.