Take real steps to support poor workers in the clothing industry

Monthly challenge December challenge It should be no news to anyone that the clothing industry has a sad history of paying meagre wages and offering unhealthy working conditions to workers in poor countries, all to reduce the price of the clothing in richer countries by a few cents. Not so long ago, it was estimatedContinue reading “Take real steps to support poor workers in the clothing industry”

Buy only “good” chocolate for a month

Monthly challenge November challenge It’s not such a hard challenge, really. Eating chocolate I mean. But the good news is that it’s also not so hard to eat “good” (i.e. ethical) chocolate these days. If you don’t want to be complicit in slavery, child labour, poor working conditions for poor workers or unsustainable practices (andContinue reading “Buy only “good” chocolate for a month”

Short-sighted selfishness rules, OK? Part 2

The story so far …. A few weeks back I outlined how lack of foresight and turning a blind eye to facts means the Australian government is harming the people it represents and the country it governs. In this post I continue the sorry story with some facts about how our government, and most otherContinue reading “Short-sighted selfishness rules, OK? Part 2”

Short-sighted selfishness rules, OK?

This is the Ministry (the main decision-makers) in the Australian Government. These people lead the Government, develop policy, plan legislation and lead the various Government Departments which have responsibility for (among other things) trade, commerce, agriculture, social services and foreign affairs. The Government also has a role in health and environmental issues (which are moreContinue reading “Short-sighted selfishness rules, OK?”

Christians and politics – a deep devastation or glorious triumph?

Just over a week ago was election day in Australia. After being behind in the polls for years, the Government was returned with a small majority. This was seen by most pundits as an important election, charting a course for Australia’s future. Christians seemed to be more active than in any previous election that IContinue reading “Christians and politics – a deep devastation or glorious triumph?”

Homophobia, Biblical truth and Israel Folau

This is a post about what christians believe, how we should express our belief and how cultures can clash. This is a post about an unfortunate episode in Australian sport and culture, from which no-one is likely to emerge a winner. And hopefully this is a post that won’t add, even in a small way,Continue reading “Homophobia, Biblical truth and Israel Folau”

“Just because you know something doesn’t mean you have to say it!”

I was raised in a family of four noisy boys. As we grew up, we became quite opinionated, and often argued, quite amicably but noisily, about religious, political, ethical and a thousand more trivial issues that interested us. When each of us found girlfriends and eventually wives, they didn’t always find our loud and rambunctiousContinue reading ““Just because you know something doesn’t mean you have to say it!””

Have we really fallen this far?

Last week Fariborz Karami committed suicide. And I don’t think many Australians noticed. He was just 26 years old, and he had been held behind bars for 5 years without any hope of safe release. His mental health had been deteriorating for years. But I don’t think many Australians cared. Worse still, I don’t thinkContinue reading “Have we really fallen this far?”

Did Jesus mean it to come to this?

More than two billion people in the world today identify as followers of Jesus. This includes a fair percentage of inhabitants of the USA, currently the world’s most powerful nation, its most influential via film, TV, social media and popular music, and home of some of the world’s richest people. My country, Australia, still hasContinue reading “Did Jesus mean it to come to this?”