The elephant-in-the-room in all current discussions of immigration is the question of 'open borders'.
It is the capacity for intimate relationships that predicted flourishing in all aspects of men's lives.
This week Gail Kelly has announced her retirement from leading Westpac, and in doing so the ASX has become that little bit more male.
Changed as they are, and in all their variety, families are still a crucial building-arch for every society we know. And fathers are the keystone.
Icons now have fleeting value and we are challenged either to defend them or create new ones that may adequately replace them.
As for 'sustainable development' has there ever been a finer oxymoron? How does development happen without change to that condition which preceded it?
With a limited knowledge of Australian history Abbott was prepared to trot out the hoary old chestnuts that Australian sacrifice at Gallipoli and on the Western Front shaped the future of the nation.
What we did have was a continent filled with a conveniently idiosyncratic, even weird, assortment of native animals and some very profitable introduced species to share it with.
Under Mr Abbott's policies, parents, families, communities and countries will lose their children and children will also suffer when their links with those parents, families, communities and countries are severed.
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.