Vale Joan Kirner – an inspiration, a trail blazer, a friend

Vale Joan Kirner – an inspiration, a trail blazer, a friend

A personal note - Vale Joan Kirner So much is being said of Joan Kirner and though I don’t know what can be added, I wanted to share what I recall about her. She maintained a great dignity throughout her time as Premiere and the gender related disparagement she endured at the time (echoed in more recent times with another ‘first’ woman of politics). Beyond all the ‘firsts’ she will be remembered for particularly during her time in office, it was her time after politics where she demonstrated a strength and wisdom; always…Read more
Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians Conference

Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians Conference

The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) 2015 National Biennial Conference – Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians – will be held in Sydney, NSW, on 5-6 November 2015. This year's conference is organised jointly by FECCA and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC NSW). The conference will draw together leading decision makers, thinkers and practitioners to discuss and debate key issues that relate to Australia's multiculturalism. These will be explored through a series of plenary addresses, panel discussions and presentations. We invite everyone with interest in…Read more
100 years of Activism for Peace – WILPF National Conference (Australia)

100 years of Activism for Peace – WILPF National Conference (Australia)

Women's Power to Stop War - Australian Conference will take place on the  29 May 2015, 9.00am-5.00pm in the  Great Hall, University House, Canberra The conference will discuss the who, what, where, how, why of Women's Power to Stop War: Keynote speakers - Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF International and Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls. Special guest speaker - member of Afghan Female Parliamentarians delegation to Australia Panel - Feminist perspectives on Women's Power to Stop War Mini-debate - Government Diplomacy is more effective than NGO advocacy for Peacebuilding…Read more
Why financial planning needs more women

Why financial planning needs more women

By David Chaplain at the Financial Review - click for more The numbers are unequivocal: Australian financial planning is men's business. Using Financial Planning Association (FPA) membership data as a proxy for the whole profession, just over 20 per cent of Australia's financial advisers are female. That's great if men like talking to other men about retirement planning, among the many other important services planners provide, but advice is about much more than that. An environment where clients will face a male adviser in four out of five instances is not immediately inviting…Read more