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Five reasons why workplace bullies survive and thrive: And what we can do about it

Last year the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons went through a serious soul searching exercise following some alarming reports of bullying in the profession. The College commissioned an independent report that contained shocking findings. These included, 49% of Fellows, trainees … Continue reading

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Seven reasons to abstain from approving amendments to the AASW Constitution

At the AASW 2015 AGM a number of constitutional amendments are being proposed. These proposals were the subject of a discussion paper in March this year and comments were invited. One could reasonably have expected, at the very least, that … Continue reading

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Living in dystopia: ten tips for reconnecting the personal and the political

Heading into town, by the fire sign, up ahead one mile Mum and naked child by the highway Flash four-wheel drive, I only want a ride to the other side. Don’t try and hide behind your window I bet your weekly wage … Continue reading

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Monsters, angels and vicarious trauma: social work and the limits of empathy

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me. Sigmund Freud Last year Helen Garner published a book about Robert Farquharson, the man found guilty of drowning his three young sons by driving his car into a … Continue reading

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The death of Chloe Valentine: the future of professional social work in child protection

In January 2012, four year old Chloe Valentine died in appalling circumstances at the hands of her mother and her mother’s partner. Both were found guilty of manslaughter and jailed. During her short life Chloe was the subject of many … Continue reading

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AASW Constitutional changes: Planning for the past and stripping the rights of student members

Very few members of the AASW will have so far engaged with the proposed changes to the Constitution of the AASW. Reading a lengthy document or attending a meeting is something most of us will avoid. Consequently it is disappointing … Continue reading

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Beyond Charlie Hebdo: The miracle question – free speech, church, state and civil society

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre news coverage was dominated by the vision of politicians linking arms at a unity march in Paris. These politicians could be neatly divided into two groups: those who actually suppress free speech … Continue reading

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Moving to a zero carbon economy: how we can make a difference: a conversation with Professor John Wiseman

Professor John Wiseman is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. His current research focus is the social, economic and political transformations needed to reduce the risks of runaway climate change and achieve … Continue reading

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Let’s scare away the dark

What a dark year! The seeds were sown back in the day by John Howard. Tax cuts and the Tampa. He lost an election- but not before these policies became bi-partisan. From 2005 to 2012 we bled $169 billion on … Continue reading

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An open letter to social work academics: please stand up for publicly funded education

Dear Heads of the Schools of Social Work and Senior Academics As you know, the enthusiasm of Vice Chancellors for the proposed “reforms” of higher education certainly does not reflect the views of many academics or students. These reforms will … Continue reading

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