Category Archives: Media

Australia’s leadership lagging on social progress

Australia’s government is currently circulating a public survey, or something to that effect, on the topic of same-sex marriage. Many are questioning why that country’s leaders are taking this decision to this method of public consultation.

Online news source The Conversation writes in an editorial 

As the nation continues to wrangle over same-sex marriage – when much of the developed world has long since resolved the issue – it might be tempting to wonder if we’ve always been a little conservative on social change, hamstrung by a collective fear of the new. But as Frank Bongiorno writes, it hasn’t always been the case – you need only look at Australia’s early embrace of women’s suffrage, for example, to see that we were once pioneers rather than laggards on social progression.

What’s happening, Bongiorno argues, is a profound failure of leadership rather than any innate cultural problem. Political leaders are trailling behind public opinion rather than doing anything to influence it.

Read their whole story on the topic here.

Aussie Families

Here’s another interesting series by the Aussie online editors of ‘The Conversation’ – and probably worthy of our DUCW readership’s attention…

Check it out here.

Our politicians talk a lot about “families”, but what do they really mean when they use this term? What does a modern Australian family look like and how does it compare with ten, 20 or even 30 years ago? In our ten-part series launching today, we examine some major changes in family and relationships, and how that might in turn reshape law, policy and our idea of ourselves.

Commonwealth conference

Winnipeg is hosting a conference of the Royal Commonwealth Society this weekend. The events kicked off last night (Thursday, May 28, 2015) with a reception at Manitoba’s Government House, hosted by the Lt. Governor. Here are some photos from the event last night.

(photos by Brian Hydesmith)

Classic 107

Classic 107.1 Anzac Day Centenary broadcast

The Winnipeg Classical music station FM 107.1 is featuring a selection of music on their broadcast for April 25th, 2015, on Anzac Day.

For those unable to attend our ceremony, this is a great way to remember the day in a classical way.

Host Michael Wolch will broadcast the special program on FM 107.1 between 2 – 3 PM, local time in Winnipeg. Tune in via the web (at www.classic107.com).

(If you are listening Down Under, the broadcast time is for early risers on Sunday, April 26th 5 AM – 6 AM Eastern Standard Time in Sydney, Australia, and 7 AM – 8 AM in Wellington, New Zealand.)

We are delighted to have this special day recognized by this local broadcaster.

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