Over the last five centuries we have seen the rise of a global civilisation on Earth, but now our global civilisation is in crisis and the next three decades will be critical ones.
But in fact the Australian welfare state has not declined; in fact it has grown, up by 52 per cent since 1984.
If you were aged 25 when The Sex Pistols first crashed onto the music scene in 1975, you'll be 65 years old next year. This isn't so much a lesson in demography but one of attitude.
The publicity officer of the NSW Teachers Federation said that she wanted to live in a world without men. This may please many women, but it doesn't offer much to men.
If we act now, we can ensure that we will turn ageing into a significant social and economic asset, not a liability, and the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia that we present to the nation today strives to do exactly this.
Violence against women is both enabled and perpetuated by a culture that maintains a spectrum of sexism and misogyny, from the subtle and casual to the violent and extreme.
Like any term drawn out of some faux nationalism (can there be any other?), it divides on the pretext of uniting.
Many more people are talking about ice buckets than motor neurone disease or cancer.
Mate copying is the theory that an individual's decision to mate or form a relationship with a potential partner is impacted by observation of that person in a relationship with another.
In some quarters there's a strong desire to alter the flag but it enjoys overwhelming public enthusiasm.
Even when the situation is reversed, and women are the main breadwinners, the data still shows that men are not taking up their fair share of the load.
This is outlined by Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennell's groundbreaking work visiting Muslim criminals in jail, where he makes reference to the Arab notion of 'holy anger', which is completely foreign to English.