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Australian of the Year: Julia Rollings, children’s rights advocate #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

Australian of the Year: Julia Rollings, children’s rights advocate #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

As a foster carer, I’ve often walked into hospital rooms to pick up a new baby that’s going to be with us for a while. Sometimes the baby is on their own in a cot, but without the balloons and the cards that welcome newborn babies in other places. A couple of years ago, we brought home a little guy, he’d been born at the hospital. And unfortunately, he’d been left there. He was born drug affected and alcohol affected,…

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Australian of the Year: Josephine Jones, people and environment #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

Australian of the Year: Josephine Jones, people and environment #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

I think that in life everybody goes through some hard times and it’s how we see those hard times, and those things influence us and it’s what we take from what happens to us. When I grew up, my mum actually committed suicide when I was 10 years of age. We grew up in a small country town and we had a service station in town where my dad was a mechanic and most of the town knew who we…

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Australian of the Year: Dr Raymond Shuey, road safety campaigner #AOTY2020

Australian of the Year: Dr Raymond Shuey, road safety campaigner #AOTY2020

My life experiences have been as a Vietnam veteran, as a career police officer, as an international road safety specialist, and now as the president of the International Safety Foundation. I lost my newly married brother and sister-in-law in an horrific motor vehicle crash about 45 years ago. That impacts upon me on a daily basis. As a police officer, I was responsible for attending many, many fatal crashes and delivering that knock at the door to inform mothers, fathers,…

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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

Welcome to the United Kingdom (and a Whole Lot More) explained by me, C. G. P. Grey. United Kingdom? England? Great Britain? Are these three the same place? Are they different places? Do British people secretly laugh those who use the terms incorrectly? Who knows the answers to these questions? I do, and I’m going to tell you right now. For the lost — this is the world, this is the European continent, and this is the place we have…

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The Immigration History of the United States of America

The Immigration History of the United States of America

Immigration. It’s been the defining characteristic of America since before our country even began, so it’s important to remind ourselves of our rich history…of where we all came from to create this one-of-a-kind melting pot of people that is the United States in the 21st century. The first successful colony in America was established in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia by English settlers. But, these first europeans arrived in a land that was already home to other people. To indigenous, Native…

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Australian of the Year: Dr Graeme Stevenson, soil management expert #AOTY2020

Australian of the Year: Dr Graeme Stevenson, soil management expert #AOTY2020

About 30 years ago, I was working in one of the country towns in the Department of Agriculture and the local … one of the local dairy farmers grabbed me one day and said ‘come and have a look at what I’ve got on my place, Graeme’. And he showed me the dung beetles. Wow. That fella, his name was Doug Kershaw and he had a big impact on me, he was my mentor. Another time he grabbed me and…

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Australian of the Year: Dr Geoffrey Thompson, medical pioneer #AOTY2020

Australian of the Year: Dr Geoffrey Thompson, medical pioneer #AOTY2020

When I was a boy of eight, I fell in love with aviation. I wanted to be a pilot. At age nine, I broke my arm. I wanted to be a doctor. How could I combine those two for good? After wonderful years at school and university training in Adelaide, I enlisted for the Air Force, aviation medicine, of course. Eventually the Air Force took me to Darwin and on Christmas Eve of 1974 Cyclone Tracy struck my town. 90…

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The Rules for Appropriating from Other Cultures – The Jim Jefferies Show

The Rules for Appropriating from Other Cultures – The Jim Jefferies Show

– It’s great when cultures can share and borrow from each other, but how do we know what we’re allowed to take from others and what we’re not? Simple, if your culture isn’t using it any more, everyone should be allowed to have a go. I say use it or lose it. (audience cheers and applauds) Nice sign. Every culture has at least one thing they’re finished with, like the French. Nobody’s walking around France with a stripey shirt and…

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Australian of the Year: Prof. Munjed Al Muderis, orthopaedic surgeon #AOTY2020

Australian of the Year: Prof. Munjed Al Muderis, orthopaedic surgeon #AOTY2020

I strongly believe that it’s us that change our future and determine who we are and what we become. I grew up in Iraq. I was born to a very wealthy family. I was a spoiled brat with a silver spoon in my mouth. I never cared about what’s going on outside. I managed to get to medical school, and I finished and I never wanted to leave the country. Until that moment, where I faced the most challenging decision…

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F+E 2019 panel 1: Advance Australia Where? Indigenous Australia in the 21st Century

F+E 2019 panel 1: Advance Australia Where? Indigenous Australia in the 21st Century

– Our first panel this morning is going to look at Indigenous Australia in the 21st century. Indigenous Australia, the world’s oldest continuous living culture, which is a source of pride to so many of us. Now the Commission, Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar is heading the Wiyi Yani U Thangani or ‘Women’s Voices Project’. This project, which is groundbreaking, has seen June Oscar and her team traveling around the country for the past year and a half. And in…

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