Frocktober 2014: What I learned from Frocktober 2013

Last year, I raised just over $2,700 for the OCRF. This year I was full of vigour that I would get to $3,000 easily. At the end of day 1 last year I had over $300, it’s day 2 – around lunchtime and I haven’t yet achieved $100.

For those not familiar with Frocktober, you wear a dress a day and collect donations to raise money for an Ovarian Cancer early detection test – like a Pap smear is for HPV and Cervical Cancer.

What am I learning from this?

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Politics in Kicks meets Director General of ASIO, David Irvine


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Pictured: Your Fair Author and Director General of ASIO, David Irvine

When: 6pm, March 4th
Where: St George’s College, UWA
Who: Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation [ASIO], David Irvine
What: Speaking on “Intelligence and National Security in the Democratic State”

**NB: This special event, hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs WA was held under Chatham House Rule**

**I took extensive notes throughout his talk, this blog entry is based on them.**

I didn’t know much about ASIO, ASIS, or Secret Services until I attended this talk and had the privilege of meeting David afterwards.

This is what I learned…..

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February In Review: Why voting smarter will help us trust the Government

[In] Australia increased trust in the institution of government is up 13 percentage points to 56 per cent.

However, three in five Australians (60 per cent) do not trust government leaders to tell the truth regardless of how complex or unpopular it is.

And two in five Australians (40 per cent) do not trust government leaders to make ethical and moral decisions.

Source: Business Insider 

February was a really interesting month — Schapelle released, Ukraine in turmoil, Protests at the Winter Olympics, The USA dodging another fiscal default, Aussie troops coming home from Afghanistan, The violent death of an asylum seeker at Manus Island and GWAR’s decapitation of a Tony Abbott effigy at Soundwave.

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Gen Y: Why we’ve ‘had it’ up to the headphones with Politics..

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I initially started out wanting to do an entry on why Gen Y were so disengaged from this election, then came the furor about Tony Abb-…Prime Minster Abbott’s Cabinet. I sent out a survey to some fellow Gen Y-ers, and got some fascinating responses; I have talked to many other people ofdifferent ages and professions, and every generation had a different experience.

I want to explore Gen –Y’s…

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