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[10 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,554 views ]

“NEVER use the R-word,” insists a character in Sydney-based writer Michael Wilding’s new novel Superfluous Men, published by Arcadia in Melbourne.
“No point in letting people think we’re finished. Once they think you’re finished you’re out of the game.”
The R-word is retirement; the game is life, what’s left of it. Courtesy of Wayne Swan, retirement has been pushed back a couple of years to 67 for most people. But moving the goalposts does not alter the demographics. The baby boomers are entering retirement. Early retirement, maybe. But still retirement. And they …

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[23 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 2,040 views ]

Although my mother was an atheist and my father a lapsed Catholic, as a child at home living in the petite bourgeois Melbourne suburb of East Brighton, before our main meal, which during the week we called “tea” and which started at exactly 5pm, we always said “grace”.
These days, over 60 years later, I still think saying grace is a good idea. This is in part because there is a lot to be said for gratitude – about being alive for starters and for being able to eat a nourishing …

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[6 Oct 2008 | No Comment | 1,137 views ]

THE sign of a civilised society is how its government looks after the marginalised, needy and impoverished.
By any meaningful definition, many Australian pensioners are living below the poverty line. Yet unless political pressure is brought to bear, our pensioners don’t look like getting a much-needed pay rise any time soon.
The changing of the guard in the federal Opposition allows for the possibility of Malcolm Turnbull and his Coalition taking a principled stand and, in so doing, embarrassing the Labor troika of Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan and Julia Gillard.
Opportunistically, but …