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Trigger and content warning: this article addresses sexual assault and sexual harassment.

This article is not to debate whether or not people accused of sexual assault should remain Members of Parliament.

This article is to debate whether or not we are outraged at the issue… or outraged at a Party and using the issue accordingly.

As I sit here today, all I can fantasise about is an Australia where Julie Bishop had won the contest for leadership on August 24, 2018 (coincidentally my birthday).

What would our country have been like under strong female leadership? What would the last month…


We often talk about one of the benefits of the Global Goals being the interconnectedness of the issues they address. We cannot achieve Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being if we do not achieve Goal 5: Gender Equality and vice versa.

As we work towards a more sustainable future, we must focus on these goals and the intersection between these two.

It is important to note here that when we speak of gender inequality within healthcare, we see inequality in men, women and non-binary persons. Many of these barriers we can work to overcome ourselves.

Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, for those…


Trigger and content warning: this article addresses sexual assault and sexual harassment.

“Not everyone who claims they’ve been raped is telling the truth.”

How many times have I heard that in my career? In my personal life?

Honestly, too many to count. Too many to feel like the solution to believing survivors will happen anytime soon.

Yes, it is true. False rape claims exist. Depending on the country, false claims can make up between 2% to 8% of all rape claims. So worst-case scenario, for every 100 women speaking up about their sexual trauma, 92 are telling the truth. These…


Renewable energy is becoming a hot topic of conversation. Countries around the world have committed to achieving 100% renewables within a certain time frame. Companies have also made pledges to 100% renewables over the coming 30 years by signing up to the RE100.

In 2021, renewables are becoming an increasing investment choice for many individuals and organisations. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, solar energy will begin to take a larger share of the global energy mix. …


Many people will argue that religion and politics don’t mix. However, in our society, it is difficult to separate the two.

Our culture is impacted by religion. Whether it is currently being impacted by religion or our culture was built around the principles of a particular religion many many years ago, we are often governed by these ideals and values, sometimes without even realising it ourselves.

Culture then has an impact on the Global Goals. Some countries already have many freedoms for women as outlined in Goal 5: Gender Equality. Other countries are governed by cultural ideals that make these…


2020 was a year like no other for many around the world, especially for business owners. We had to adapt, react and adjust.

2021 comes with new promise — not necessarily because too much has changed just yet — but because we are more aware of what we can expect. The virus isn’t going to go away overnight, but at least we know roughly what we are in for.

2021 is also an exciting year for sustainability. January 1, 2021 marked the official third-way point of the timeframe for the 2030 Agenda, which lays out the United Nations’ 17 Global…


January 1, 2021 was a big milestone for the Global Goals. This day signified the beginning of the ‘second trimester’ of the 2030 Agenda. Commencing on January 1, 2016, the goals were given 15 years to be achieved, officially ending on December 31, 2030. The first five years are done. We have only 10 years left to achieve the world’s most ambitious development agenda in history.

If there was any time to have a decade of action, it would be now.

The goals regressed in many ways in 2020. As the world saw the first major global pandemic in a…


My recovery from surgery has been remarkable. I have been able to engage in activities that I thought would be off the cards for far longer. I feel healthy, both physically and emotionally.

I feel so good in fact that my doctor decided I was ready to go back to both gym and work. I took in my medical certificate to my exercise physiologist, who has worked with me since last year after my first stroke. …


Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities is a very important goal in its own right, but it also affects the other goals within the 2030 Agenda.

Goal 11 targets include ensuring adequate housing, ensuring accessible transportation, enhancing inclusive urbanisation, protecting natural and cultural heritage, decreasing the human impact from disasters, reducing the adverse environmental impact of cities and providing safe open spaces.

In 2018, it was estimated that 55% of people lived in urban areas with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs expecting this to increase to 68% by 2050. This is approximately 2.5 extra billion people…


It is no surprise to many that Australia is lagging behind in our climate change policy. In order to remain economically sustainable, we need meaningful economic innovation to create a greener economy.

For some, this means diversification from high-emission industries; for others, it means ensuring all businesses and individual households have a sustainability plan in place.

Then there’s the discussion of electric vehicles.

It formed a pillar of Labor’s campaign at the 2019 election, which arguably was one of their downfalls. Australia is not electric-vehicle ready. …

Caterina Sullivan

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