Pregnancy ought not to be seen as a tradeable commodity and babies should not be viewed as a workplace perk to be offered or denied.
This paradigm has been shattered in the 21st century with the global ascendance of technology-enabled psychological warfare, with the spectre of terrorism emerging as a universal trigger for a hysterical emotional response.
This week is anti-poverty week. For the homeless every week is poverty week.
In past decades, the most ideal form of masculinity in Australia was, indeed, epitomised by strength, brawn, roughness, larrikin behaviour and the refusal to let women and 'less-masculine men' dominate.
Allow us some voice as a group and hope for the future by seriously considering some of our recommendations in addressing those concerns.
We have a problem with social attitudes towards ageing and it's not just with politicians and policy bureaucrats.
Only Blind Freddy and possibly Cheech and Chong, believe the ABS unemployment methodology bears any resemblance to reality.
More people, more traffic, more demand for housing, more space needed in schools and hospitals. Growth is outstripping the work of planners and policy makers.
In part it reflects the overriding concern for the physical manifestations of insecurity rather than unravelling the causative processes involved.
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.