MIFE | ENGAGING | Midsumma Festival | Saturday 19 Jan-Sunday 10 Feb 2019

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Victoria's premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. Intersecting generations, people, ideas, stories and experiences – a focal point for connections and belonging. 

Although the primary three-week festival is held in summer each year, Midsumma works year-round to provide artists, social-changers and culture-makers with support and tools to create, present and promote their work. Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences together under a single umbrella for a celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture.

Championing LGBTQIA+ cultures, conversations and events. Creating inclusive and safe social spaces. Providing platforms for shared experience in a world which often under-represents minorities. Valuing diversity and embracing difference. Increasing LGBTQIA+ communities' profiles and amplifying stories that might otherwise not be seen, heard or felt.

Organisers hope all enjoy our diverse festival program, made up of visual arts, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums, featuring nearly 170 events in 2018, with involvement by over 500 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria to anticipated audiences of over 200,000.

Program: visit

Midsumma Festival
Address: Ground level, 77 Southbank Blvd, Southbank VIC 3006
Tel: (03) 9296 6600

SWVI | ENGAGING | Speak Up, I Can't Hear You | Tuesday 29 January 2019 | 6-9pm

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A panel discussion on storytelling in LGBTQIA+ communities, digging deep into the stories we tell and how they shape who we are. 

Featuring Lou Bennett, Christos Tsiolkas and Carolyn D'Çruz and hosted by community activist and gender transcendent diva Mama Alto. All monies raised go to Switchboard Victoria.

For the past 28 years Switchboard Victoria has been listening to the stories of LGBTQIA+ communities. In the last year Switchboard has taken over 4000 calls from our community, completed over 700 visits to older LGBTI people in aged and residential care, trained 75 new volunteers, visited 15 regional and rural Victorian centers and towns and spoken to thousands of health care professionals, family violence specialists, community leaders and everyday Victorians about the services we provide. Countless lives have been saved through our suicide intervention services and many more improved through the relief of loneliness and social isolation.

Switchboard continues to be the result of many individual and collective efforts. This Midsumma festival we are running a fundraiser. If this event is sold out we will be able to raise between $5,000-$6,000.

The following high profile speakers are donating their time to help raise funds for Switchboard.

Christos Tsiolkas – is the author of ‘Loaded’ (later made into the film Head On), The Jesus Man, Merciless Gods, The Slap (later made into TV mini series) and Barracuda. Christos is also a playwright, scriptwriter and essayist, and he is the film reviewer for The Saturday Paper. He is a Patron for Writers Victoria and an Ambassador for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Dr Lou Bennett - is a Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung woman and former member of the internationally acclaimed trio Tiddas. Bennett uses her own languages of Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung, extending to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that can be retrieved, reclaimed and regenerated through songs, stories and performances.

Carolyn DÇruz - has been working in gender, sexuality and diversity studies since 2007 at La Trobe University. She is author of Identity Politics in Deconstruction: Calculating with the Incalculable and is co-editor of the anthology, After homosexual: The legacies of gay liberation.

Where: Deakin The Edge, Federation Square

Cost: $15 Concession / $25 Full / $50 Solidarity

Bookings: online through Midsumma

Switchboard Victoria (SWVI)
Postal: PO Box 21291 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 8011
Counselling support (from 3pm to midnight 7 days a week) call 1800 184 527 or webchat

PPLS | PRESENTS | Mama Alto - Thoughts On Queer Storytelling | Thursday 31 January 2019 | 6.30-7.30 pm

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Storytelling and artistic expression are a vibrant, central and vital part of queer culture. 

Transgender jazz singer, cabaret artiste and community activist Mama Alto will explore the nature of queer storytelling. Focus on examining the importance of storytelling in building and nurturing identity, community, solidarity and empathy. Consider how we use storytelling to not only envision brighter futures, but to enact them.

A special presentation for the Port Phillip Library Service to celebrate Midsumma 2019.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through Trybooking

Port Phillip Library Service
City of Port Philip
Tel: 03 9209 6655

RV | PROMOTING | Just and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people

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Improving the understanding of Aboriginal history and culture and the impact of ongoing social injustice on Indigenous people through community education, provision of information and public events.

Reconciliation Victoria was established in 2002 following the dismantling of the national Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

In order to move forward, we all need a shared understanding of acknowledged past; working together in the present; and set, in partnership with local Indigenous people, elders and community leaders, the goals that will need to be achieved in the future to develop just and respectful relations.

RV welcome and invite anyone who is interested in reconciliation to engage, discuss and connect on our Facebook page in a respectful and constructive manner.

Reconciliation Victoria is a small team of part time staff and volunteers. Please feel free to post questions and/or send direct messages but please note that we will be unlikely to respond to these outside of business hours.

Reconciliation Victoria (RV)
Tel: (03) 9016 0657

WRG | PETITIONING | Change the Date - An Australia Day For All

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There’s a lot to celebrate about being an Australian. And we need an Australia Day that includes everyone.

We’re a country that includes everyone, we take care of each other and we believe that every Australian deserves a fair go.

Australia Day should be as inclusive as our country is. But current celebrations don’t include all Australians.

For Aboriginal Australians, 26 January represents a painful time in history, when Aboriginal people were killed and forced from their homes.

It’s hard to celebrate on a day of remembrance, and this means Aboriginal people in our community can’t participate in a day that’s meant to be for all Australians.

We wouldn’t celebrate Australia Day on another national day of mourning and remembrance. But while we can’t change the past, we can celebrate Australia Day on a different day.

WRG calls on the City of Whittlesea to stand with Aboriginal residents and make Australia Day a celebration we can all participate in.

The Whittlesea Reconciliation Group, or WRG, are a group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents of the City of Whittlesea. Working together to make Whittlesea a more welcoming, inclusive place for Aboriginal Australians.

Sign up to show your support

Tips WRG gives to all interested in furthering reconciliation but located elsewhere:

  • Showing support for existing local campaigns or starting one would mean a lot to your Aboriginal neighbours and community.
  • Talk to your friends and family about why you think we should change the date of Australia Day. Share why this is important to you and to Aboriginal Australians.
  • Let your local councillors know. The more councillors hear from residents, the more likely they are to support campaigns. Send an email, make a Facebook comment or give them a call to ask them to back campaigns.
  • Individuals uniting in support of a greater common benefit is crucial to making any campaign a successful one. 
Thanks for taking the time to join Australians' for a better Australia Day.

The Whittlesea Reconciliation Group (WRG)

YWN | CELEBRATING | Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee | Arts and Cultural Festival | Saturday 2 February 2019

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A free indigenous arts and cultural festival held annually in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens, a significant contemporary Indigenous meeting place.

The family-friendly event features dancers and artists, live music, food and market stalls plus activities and workshops for the whole family.

Join us under the sun and into the summer night in a gathering to celebrate Australia’s Indigenous cultures and local talents.

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee is a family-friendly event so please avoid bringing any glass bottles, containers or items onto the Festival site.

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival
Tel: 03 9209 6502

PWR | PROMOTING | World Interfaith Harmony Week | 1st Week of February

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For one week each year - World Interfaith Harmony Week mobilises interfaith groups and peoples of goodwill to celebrate the beauty of the world when neighbors of diverse religious and spiritual traditions come together to understand, support, and uplift one another. 

And each year, the Parliament of the World's Religions joins with institutions, cities, and grassroots organizers around the world in celebrating. As we approach this year's activities, we invite you to join the PoWR in celebrating!

How to Celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week with PoWR

If you are interested in celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week in your community, the PoWR is with you! New opportunities and resources have been designed for 2019 WIHW to assist individuals and organizations to host events as part of the UN’s official observance— and apply for World Interfaith Harmony Week cash prizes!

Attend a Webinar About World Interfaith Harmony Week 

Throughout 2019, the Parliament will be convening successful interfaith organizers as guests of the Parliament's World Interfaith Harmony Week Webinar Series. These speakers will share about their World Interfaith Harmony Week experiences in order to help fellow organizers around the world become inspired and knowledgeable when planning celebrations.

First to join us will be Aftab Ahmed, manager of the King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize, on Friday, January 18th. All are welcome to sign up to attend this inaugural webinar of our series,  About World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Plan, Announce, and Promote Your World Interfaith Harmony Event with PoWR Resources 

With thanks for your contributions to building global harmony around the world, we look forward to celebrating this year's 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week with you. For any questions, support, or feedback, please feel free to contact the Parliament at any time. 

In Peace, 
The Parliament Team

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601 USA

EQPR | ENGAGING | Cultivation of social and cultural change

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Designed as a unique experience for LGBTIQ+ advocates and change-makers to address the need for more dynamic and agile leaders. Re-think how you go about leading people, your organisation, your community.

The LTA Transformative Leadership is a ground-breaking program to develop complex and adaptive thinking capacities in today's LGBTIQ+ leaders.

What: The complete program runs for 6 days and is delivered in two parts. The first module is a 3-day intensive and will explore new ways to push you as an individual and LGBTIQ+ leader in your organisation or community. The 3-day intensive is limited to 30 participants.

Cost: Launch Special $299 ending 18 January 2019 with tiered pricing afterwards. Module 2 is priced separately and will run in late 2019 or early 2020. Scholarships are available and will reduce the fee to $149. Scholarship applications open 14 January 2019.

Where: The first module is now confirmed for the following Australian cities, click here to find your nearest location.

The Equality Project
Address: 460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

VMC | STATEMENT | Condemning public hate-speech demonstrations and celebrating Diversity | 8 January 2019

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The Victorian Multicultural Commission condemns acts in public places which aim to divide the community in a state where multiculturalism is a success story.

The Commission praises the efforts and vigilance of Victoria Police in relation to events and commends the important position taken to ensure our social cohesion is maintained.

The rhetoric of fear and hate only serves to create conflict and threaten our connectedness - it’s a dialogue which has damaging consequences for us all.

But our diversity is what puts us on the map. It is what makes our state vibrant, unique, prosperous and strong.

And the success of our multiculturalism is something we are all invested in. We all have the need to belong, and we all have the right to belong. This is our common humanity.

In response to recent localised events, the Commission reaffirms its commitment to ensuring Victoria is a welcoming and harmonious state where all communities can thrive.

Together, we call on Victorians to be part of our multicultural success story and to stand for the strengthening of our community.

Victorian Multicultural Commission

PWR | ADDRESS | Incoming Chair's New Year Message | 1 January 2019

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"We welcome in the New Year with hopes and aspirations for a future filled with peace, harmony and goodwill among all of the people of the world and an end to the deepening environmental crises. 

Since more than 80 percent of the world’s population adheres to some faith tradition, these communities are crucial agents of transformation for global, family and individual peace-and peace and healing of the whole Earth community.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions provides an inclusive, dialogic platform for people from all over the world representing a broad spectrum of religious and spiritual traditions who answer a call to harmoniously and respectfully come together to share their voices, hear the voices of others, and partake of as well as contribute to the collective wisdom of our stories that affirm our common humanity.

We look forward with excitement to the many opportunities that will reveal our growing partnerships with diverse communities of faith, spiritual paths, and ethical convictions, guiding institutions, and diverse constituencies that will speak of the Parliament’s commitment to bring cooperation and collaboration as essential paradigms for global engagement. We will broaden our outreach and participation with greater numbers of countries in regions where we have not previously established a presence.

The Parliament’s Global Ethic, whose principles are foundational to our work, will have prominence in programs that seek to establish values and the development of a moral compass to guide our actions for the betterment of ourselves and the world in which we live. Like the hub of a wheel which is the solid core from which many spokes extend, so too will the Parliament’s Global Ethic be that critical center from which the work of our important task forces on Women, Climate Action, Indigenous People, Countering Hate, War and Violence, Justice, Next Generation, and other significant programs comprise the spokes that form the framework and context from which the great wheel of the Parliament will move forward into the frontiers of the future.

The rise of women in roles of leadership in religious institutions, peace processes and family homes to the houses of governance will bring the flourishing of respect, dignity and equality for marginalized and vulnerable people everywhere. Women’s powerful voices of advocacy cannot be ignored. Women’s voices of inspiration will soar to the heights of generative actions of compassion and loving kindness for each other. Women’s voices will speak truth where falsehoods exist as women are the first teachers of the moral code for the children we bring into the world. We celebrate the emergence of women as trailblazers of positive change.

Let us join hands and welcome the New Year together. Together, our dreams for a just, sustainable and equitable world can be realized. Together, we are strong.

With best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Audrey E. Kitagawa
Chair, Parliament of the World's Religions

PWR | CELEBRATING | 25 Years Towards a Global Ethic | Saturday 29 December 2018

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The Global Ethic is uniquely special for its articulation of shared moral principles found broadly across both historic and new religious and spiritual traditions. And it is profound in its simplicity.

The visionary and diverse religious leaders who drafted the Global Ethic to prepare for the centenary Parliament of the World's Religions in 1993 produced a landmark document that would call to:

  • Spiritual and religious leaders and scholars
  • Practitioners of spiritual and religious teachings around the world, and also, 
  • Those who identify with secular moral philosophies
Respect for life, economic justice, truth and compassion, and women's rights - the original four directives*- illuminated our pathways to achieving peace, justice and sustainability for 25 years. And we recommit to these principles in our resolve to make 2019 our most impactful year yet.

*During our evening plenaries last month in Toronto, the Parliament screened a selection of videos capturing the commitments of each directive. We invite our friends around the world to enjoy and celebrate them with your own friends and family:

But this story doesn't end here.

For this year's Parliament, we knew that revisiting the Global Ethic would be incomplete without a new directive, so we created it. Through consulting diverse religious leaders and scholars (including Hans Küng and many of the original 1993 drafters), Parliament staff and board leadership worked for more than a year to produce:
The Fifth Directive premiered at the Climate Action Assembly of the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto last month with a stunning introduction from Rabbi David Rosen and recitation delivered by members of the Parliament's Climate Action Task Force including David Hales, Imam Saffet Catovic, Gopal Patel, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, and Dr. Myriam Renaud, Principal Investigator and Director of the Parliament's Global Ethic project.

As we resolve to advance these five directives in 2019, please join us with your affirmation of our shared moral principles and signal your support with an online gift.
Tax-deductible donations for American Citizens for the year 2019 can be made to the Parliament of the World's Religions anytime online.

Donations help not only uplifts our hearts - it helps to bring interfaith cooperation to communities worldwide. For this we share our utmost gratitude, and extend our warmest wishes to you as we embark upon a new year of elevating peace, justice and sustainability together, we send you peace, joy, love, and hope.

With gratitude, 
The Parliament Staff

Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Post: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601

FIMO | CELEBRATING | Australia Day & Indian Republic Day | Sunday 3 Feb 2019 | 4-7pm

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An annual commemoration and announcement of first Ethno Specific Aged Care Project and Cultural Performance

Where: Museum India, 61-63, Foster Rd, Dandenong Vic 3175

Inclusions: Light Dinner served

Bookings: RSVP online for Catering purposes by 30th January

Federation of Indian Origin Multi-Faith Organisation
Address: 61-63 Foster Street, Dandenong Vic 3175 Australia

VMC | ANNOUNCES | Cultural Diversity Week - 'Proud to belong' | 16-24 March 2019

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Join us to celebrate the diversity of every Victorian and reflect on what gives us a sense of belonging in our multicultural community.

Cultural Diversity Week 2019's theme is ‘Proud to belong – Your generation, your stories

Coinciding with the United Nations' Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day held every year on 21 March, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate the everyday diversity of Victorians. Lots to come!

Mark your calendars. Save the dates. Spread the word.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171

PCV | DISCUSSING | Living, Dying & Grieving Well: A guide to palliative care

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Palliative care supports people with a life limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.

Palliative care is specialised care that helps you live well with a life-limiting illness.

The aims of palliative care are to make you comfortable, to improve your quality of life, and to support family and friends involved in your care.

Palliative care professionals are trained to help with difficult issues such as managing pain and other symptoms or needs you may have. They include palliative care doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists, counsellors, social workers, other staff and trained volunteers.

Palliative care services work with you, your family, your GP and other health services to provide the best possible care. The type of support available to you will depend on your needs and the services in your local area.

Depending on your needs, palliative care services may help with a specific issue for a short time, or they may become more involved over a longer period of time.

Most importantly, palliative care supports you and your family to make important decisions about your care and quality of life.

Click here to download an electronic copy of the guide.

Click here for short video from the Better Health Channel.

If English is not your language, Click here for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) languages supported.

Palliative Care Victoria
Address: Level 2/182 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
Tel: 03 9662 9644

PWR | REPORTS | Outgoing Chair: As I Step Down | 31 December 2018

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Working alongside a group of skilled, imaginative, collegial, and wise Trustees from 16 different religious and spiritual traditions has broadened my perspectives and deepened my spirituality. 

Dear Friends of the Parliament of the World's Religions,

I step down as Chair of the Parliament and bring to a close one of the most stimulating and profoundly meaningful involvements of my life. Watching the enthusiasm and determination of a team of talented Staff members has offered many examples of self-sacrifice and commitment to a cause greater than self. Representing the interfaith movement in conference centers, meeting halls, worship spaces, classrooms, and private encounters has strengthened my conviction that we must all love our neighbors of other faiths as we love ourselves. Meeting and interacting with many of you in my travels regionally, nationally, and internationally has encouraged me to believe that peace among the religions is both possible and achievable.

My term as Chair has provided many opportunities I would not otherwise have had. To mention but a few:  I was honored to be one of the invited observers at the historic meeting in Morocco that produced the Marrakesh Declaration, a document defending the rights of religious minorities in the world's Muslim-majority nations. Because of my position with the Board, I was privileged to sit in private conversation with Vice President Al Gore at a climate change seminar in New York City. Supporting an organization whose vision is to secure a more just world, I was selected as the keynote speaker for the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley in California. Along with a fellow Trustee and friend, I was able to explore Parliament connections and partnerships in Bratislava, Vienna, and Prague. I was asked to offer lectures and speeches in institutions stretching from Seattle University in the West to Princeton Theological Seminary in the East. Cooperating with a sister non-profit, I was entrusted with the final plenary challenge at the North American Interfaith Network gathering in Edmonton, Alberta. In a more casual setting, I was fortunate to spend four days in a snowy Wisconsin retreat at the Third National Baptist-Muslim Dialogue. As an advocate for global interfaith, I was enlisted for a presentation on peacemaking at the Alliance of Virtues Conference of Abrahamic Religions in the United Arab Emirates.

My immediate and ongoing response to these fascinating and life-enriching experiences is gratitude. I am thankful for the thousands of grassroots champions of inter-religious neighborliness around the world, for co-visionaries and co-laborers from the Board and Staff who dreamed big dreams and brought so many of them to reality, for Canadian partners who hosted our seventh convening in Toronto in November, and for the 8,300 persons from 81 countries and 200 religious and spiritual traditions who turned the Metro Toronto Convention Center into an exciting laboratory of inclusion and love. And, quite personally, I am grateful for my family, who gave me the excessive time and emotional space to do this work even when it meant my not being "present" to them as much as I would have desired. Finally, I appreciate so much the lasting friendships that will continue to enliven and uphold me in the years to come, especially that of Dr. Larry Greenfield, my companion on this journey and the Parliament's Executive Director--who also moves on to other challenges in January, but not without leaving an indelible mark upon my heart and mind.

As I close this chapter of my life and move into what many would say is actual retirement, I have a sense of great excitement about where the Parliament is headed. I applaud the ethos of conviviality and mutual respect that characterizes Trustee consultations. I affirm the leadership model that has led to a very engaged and dedicated working Board. I acknowledge that collaborative decision-making has become our new norm and that it is both deeply appreciated and highly effective. And I admire the one who will be my successor, Audrey Kitagawa, the first female Chairperson in the Parliament’s history.

Now, looking back on my seven years as a Trustee, the last three as Board Chair, and then gazing ahead into the Parliament's hopeful, bright future, I end by quoting UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Dag Hammarskjöld, whose sentiment summarizes my own feelings:
"For all that has been, thanks--for all that shall be, yes!"
Dr. Robert P. Sellers, Outgoing Chair of the Board of Trustees
Parliament of the World's Religions

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago IL 60601 USA

GOVV | REPORTS | Metropolitan Partnerships - Inner Metro | 21 December 2018

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The Inner Metropolitan Partnership’s (IMP) vision for the region is to harness and manage the opportunities growth provides in a way that supports a strong economy, a sustainable future and greater social inclusion. 

  • Inclusion – an equitable, safe and diverse place for all people who live, work and visit the Inner Metro region. 
  • Economy – a thriving, vibrant, accessible place for all people who live, work and visit the Inner Metro region. 
  • Sustainability – a sustainable, resilient and liveable Inner Metro region.
2018 Election announcements for the Inner Metro Region
The 2018 advice of the Inner Metropolitan Partnership was reflected in a number of election announcements, including:
  • $5 billion towards Melbourne Airport Rail Link
  • A new secondary school and community hospital at Fishermans Bend
  • Completion of Docklands Primary School and kindergarten
  • Secondary school campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School
  • Royal Commission into Mental Health
IMP will keep you in the loop as these announcements are further developed and delivered.

Pick My Project - successful projects
In the Inner Metro Region a total of $1.13 million of funding was allocated across 10 successful projects, including:
  • More meals for vulnerable Victorians
  • One Good Street - social connection and loneliness project
  • Passive play spaces for inner communities
For a full list of the successful projects please go to the Pick My Project website.

Inner Metropolitan Partnership,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
State Government Victoria
Address: 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | January 2019

Approx 5 min reads

Holly Ringland contemplates how memory, experience and ingredients make “A place to call home” via The Canberra Times

Simmone Howell shares results from two artists explorations of home, hearth, heart, homesickness, reasoning why “Share House Project reveals lasting - and surprising - impact of childhood homes” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Sisonke Msimang writes of familiarity, universality, childhood innocence, worldly weariness and the well-worn path to personal “Awakening” via The Age

Heather Rose explores the value of artistic endeavour, purposeful presence and “My year of wonder” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Karl Quinn explores a new Australian series exploring loss, sickness, aging, existence and meaningful living, reviewing “'Bloom covers the waterfront': Jacki Weaver on Stan's 'gothic fairytale'” via The Brisbane Times

Jan Mayman writes of recorded memories hidden in plain sight, reasons to hear Vince Cople’s wish of “'I want to tell my children': The history hidden in Berndt's notebooks” via The Canberra Times

Brian Johnston reasons for contact with Australia’s Top End, short-listing “The top 10 experiences in Arnhem Land” via

Henrietta Cook and Craig Butt explores an example of self-determination, diligence and deliverance, celebrating reasons why “Jerome wept when he received his VCE results” via The Age

Benjamin Law explores the value of respectful relationships to money, bodies and religion, revealing “Dicey Topics: Billy Slater talks money, bodies and religion” via The Age

Lucy Sussex reviews latest Australian contribution to challenging status-quo on a world-stage, reviewing “Unfettered and Alive: Anne Summers on her brilliant career” via The Canberra Times

Craig Mathieson explores civic diversity, cohort aging and individual equity, reviewing a new documentary revealing “Older, opinionated, entertaining: what's not to love?” via The Brisbane Times

Jason Steger explores benefits of outsider status, choosing justice over order, using public platform to drive positive social change, revealing “When I look at Jesus' message, it is a political message: Father Rod Bower” via The Canberra Times

Rebecca Cassells explores the growing Aged Care sector, calling for better equity throughout “Australia's low-paid workforce: a threat to wages growth” via The Canberra Times

Cameron Woodhead reviews a play seeing a skilful and funnier side of “An authentic odyssey into booze addiction” via The Sydney Morning Herald

James Barron explores an example of the enduring power of speech from a critical thinker, revealing “Albert Einstein's 'God Letter': a viral hit from 1954” via The Brisbane Times

Tony Wright explores the ongoing journey of truth, justice and realising equity “From rescued child to senator: Pat Dodson's search for reconciliation” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Tim Winton explores familiar, breaking with the past, collective responsibility, self agency and circle of life, when contemplating “The swimming chair” via The Age

Barry Hill explores a collection of works from an idealist, liberal, egalitarian, fraternal pragmatist, reviewing “Hugh Stretton Selected Writings: A man who knew the worth of value” via WA Today

Joe Hinchliffe explores historical ties, belonging and recognition, revealing “How smoked eel is at the heart of Australia's next World Heritage bid” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Multiple contributors explore disruption and upheaval of war, seeking asylum and establishing roots saluting birth, life and passage of Paul Cleveland, “From war in Lithuania to production design in Australia” via The Age

Maria and Alfred Allan explores the science behind meaningful forgiveness, recommending that “If someone hurt your feelings this year, forgiving them may improve your health” via The Brisbane Times

10-20min presentations

Juliette Powell: It's About Time We Challenge Our Unconscious Biases (16 mins)
Becky Strohmer: Are you a boy or a girl? - You don't define me (14 mins)
Julia Dhar: How to disagree productively and find common ground (15 mins)
Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local (16 mins)
Tshering Tobgay: This country isn't just carbon neutral — it's carbon negative (19 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation

Bobby McFerrin & The Kuumba Singers: Circle Song

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street with Hugh Jackman: Concentrate

Approx 74 min presentation

Bettany Hughes: Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World (74 mins)
Join this BBC’s British Historian on her discovery tour to awaken mind. Contains some inaccuracies from an outsider’s view looking in but has achieved a good result overall.