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Look up, look down, look to history

Many phrases we hear and use in our everyday lives all come from a special source: The Bible. In only a few words, these multiple idioms and mantras present as some grand philosophy. Have you ever wondered where these phrases come from and the correlation they have with the ideas of justice, mercy and compassion? For answers, you should perhaps turn back to the source…

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In defence of political correctness

As a society, we have a few issues that need sorting out. Given the range of problems we’re dealing with, why on earth are we inventing more? Political correctness remains a hot-button issue when it should not be. It is merely common decency, and allows for a fairer and more inclusive national discourse.

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Positive role models and QYP

I have always felt an innate sense of gratitude for the positive role models in my life. People that were forward-thinkers, that saw the issues of society and tackled them head-on. The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is a program of role models, and of diverse experiences. It’s a special program.

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Words help, but actions save lives

Mental health. Thirty years ago, it wasn’t an issue taken seriously, however the medical profession and politicians have now started to tackle this pressing challenge with the gravity it deserves. Nonetheless, we still have a long way to go. Mental health care systems are broken, and need significant reform.

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The future of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR): the philanthropic, self-regulated and voluntary responsibility of businesses. Should it expand to establishing social enterprises? Is this wishful thinking, or a growing global phenomenon?

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An elegy for Mother Earth

There are four words that will one day become scarily commonplace: the Earth is dying. The reasons for this are many, but chief amongst them is our desire for meat. We have a moral duty to advocate for plant-based diets, and to thus ensure the health and well-being of our planet for generations to come.

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Youth in a changing political climate

The unique lens through which young people see the world is an invaluable resource for politicians. As we try to create fair, targeted, and effective policy in the future, we must engage youth. A small group of people can change the world.

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A simple solution

Drug use and criminal activity are surprisingly prevalent issues amongst teens in Australia. Looking at these through the lens of unemployment provides unique insights. What can be done to prevent youth involvement in a criminal underworld?

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Finding your Ikigai

Many young adults are in an epidemic of uncertainty, considering what pathways they should pursue post-school. Career tests, peer and parental expectations, the schooling system: none provide personal and useful guidance. Rather, we should all consider the Japanese concept of Ikigai.

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