Category Archives: social and personal issues

Social and community issues, including social psychology

Why we need to know

An educated, informed electorate is an essential bulwark of democracy. People want things to be simpler, said voters in three big electoral events last year – Malcolm Turnbull’s narrow squeak, the Brexit plebiscite and the US presidential election. Complexity almost … Continue reading

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Learning the lessons of Black Tuesday

We have learned a great deal since February 1967, but that doesn’t include how to curb our damaging carbon emissions. This has been as near to perfect a Tasmanian summer as I can imagine. Rain when you need it but … Continue reading

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Huonville High hits the jackpot in Abu Dhabi

This southern Tasmanian school has long had a dream to be a beacon for a better world. Now it’s getting reward for its effort. For years, Huonville High under its former principal, Alison Grant, sought to become a beacon for … Continue reading

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