On Australia Day what Australians want most is a holiday. They care less about the actual date.
Various suggestions have been made for a new date from some significant event in the World War 11 Pacific campaign or the date (27 May) of the overwhelmingly successful 1967 referendum.
I don't know why, but the recent take-down of Aziz Ansari in the press and on social media feels like a turning point. It seems like this is the moment that #MeToo slipped its moorings.
None of my agreement with what the French women say, is to condone improper activity. And I have good reason to denounce the abuse of power.
Domestic violence, wage inequality, financial dependence and lack of superannuation are all key drivers for homelessness of women of all ages.
This is compounded by social media, where 'activists' can create the impression of wide spread community concern about an issue.
Until this incident I was unaware that jewellery could be racist but how woefully mistaken I was.
My father was given to dark mutterings about the general state of young people today while my mother could hardly conceal her delight at the news.
We need to emphasise that girls can be valued for their intellect, creativity and leadership attributes, and that boys benefit from this as well.
Gender-blind recruitment is a worthy goal, but we are not heading in that direction. Instead we are being encouraged to see gender as the first and most important thing.
The Agency's approach is lazy and simplistic, reporting a crude figure that fails to compare like with like.
'Respect for ourselves guides our morals,' wrote the Irish novelist Laurence Sterne. 'Respect for others guides our manners'.