Few of us would reject the notion that we need to impose on members of society some rules regarding how we should behave, what is considered acceptable and what is not.

At the same time, we need to be careful of continuing practices that have already been shown to fail, such as locking up people for minor crimes at a young age, which could lead them to becoming hardened and less respectful of society.

We need also to consider the reasons and conditions which have contributed to and created the bad behaviour of some citizens.  If we only deal with the final behaviours and not the underlying social and emotional issues then we are unlikely to achieve any real improvement in society. Treating the symptoms and not the causes will inevitably lead to crowded cells and a segregated society.

Of course those who commit crimes need to be punished, but they also need to be rehabilitated, where possible,  before their behaviour and attitude worsens. There are many support workers doing just that, but as crime rates grow and offenders repeat their illegal activities, we must ensure that training and rehabilitation resources are increased and that they target the individuals in an effective way.

A dollar spent now curing the disease will save many dollars later dealing with the symptoms.

Also, denying someone of their freedom alone as punishment, is not enough. They must face the circumstances that they have caused and be forced to make retribution for their deeds and help to undue the damage they have caused, where possible or at least help to clean up their mess. For example; arsonists should help clean up the devastation they have caused and face those who have been effected.


So how do we achieve a better society? One way is through a decision to basically listen to our conscience, observe our behaviour and stop thinking purely about ourselves. We should stop asking “What’s In It For Me?” (WIIFM) and instead ask, “What’s the right thing to do? How can I help others, as well as myself? How can I give back?”

Another way is through the Arts. The Arts gives us balance in life, entertainment, culture, an outlet, expression, insight, creativity, innovation and peace, amongst other benefits. Arts relaxes our minds, distracts us, supports our moods and opens us up to endless possibilities.

But the Arts need a massive increase in financial and practical support. (Please see the Arts page on this site)

If we support the Arts, the Arts will support us!



Two major issues to do with the justice system are both the money and time spent prosecuting those who have “allegedly” committed a crime and “proving” that they are guilty.

There should be mandatory lie detection technology used in courts and elsewhere to ensure that the “truth” is told “under oath”. Whether this is via machine monitoring or another method, I’ll leave the preferred method to those more qualified in this field.

I know that the legal fraternity and even the civil libertarians may be up in arms about the perpetrators’ “human rights”, but society has had enough of the perpetrators being treated better than their victims, whose “rights” were taken away against their will. Besides, they’ve sworn to tell the truth, so what’s the issue? If they’re honest they have nothing to fear.

This system of lie detection would of course have to be closely monitored and administrated with representatives of both sides plus the judiciary present so that the detection can be administered by a neutral court appointed party. The court will ensure this is not abused in any way.

Only questions relevant to the case would be allowed. Further logistics and processes would need to be considered and implemented.

There should be mandatory lie detection technology used in courts…to ensure that the “truth” is told “under oath”.

Costs and time would be saved and justice, true justice, would be served, allowing more cases to be heard. The real truth would be determined quicker.

It would then be up to the courts and lawyers to determine circumstances, charges and punishments, if any, according to time honoured traditions.

Just because you may have killed someone doesn’t necessarily mean you are guilty of murder, if you get my drift.

Lie detection may even reduce crime or at least make people think first before committing crimes, knowing that they would have to tell the truth once caught. A win for society and honest people everywhere!



Australia is a multi-cultural society. We are also a relatively successful one, more successful than might be readily evident if you are someone who only considers the much publicised events of intolerance, hate crimes, prejudice, xenophobia, etc. Unfortunately negative stories attract higher “ratings” than positive stories.

Our mix of cultures is important as it enriches our nation and will ideally be embraced as an opportunity to make us stronger.

When my family emigrated from Greece, they were called “wogs’. We laugh at that term now and even make movies and TV shows that have fun with the term. “The Wog Boy” for instance. But at one time it was a deeply insulting form of abuse. Times change but negative behaviour towards others continues, unfortunately.

Abuse takes many forms, as we know and there is much talk of tolerance and understanding.

John Lennon got it partially right when he said “all we need is love”. What we really need is respect! People can love without respect but if they respect, then their behaviour becomes much more positive.

If we can change our culture to one of respect, then our other positive values will follow and society should automatically become more tolerant, understanding, compassionate and encompassing.

We live in the best country in the world. I have seen many others and none come close to Australia. Each of us is free and can decide our own destiny without fear of government, war, constant terrorism (in the main) or restraint…if we abide by the law.

We can walk the streets in relative safety and if we run out of something, we simply drop into the next shop to pick up whatever we need. You can’t do that in many countries.

“John Lennon got it partially right when he said “all we need is love”. What we really need is RESPECT!”

So how do we make Australia even better? It all starts at home and in the school system. It’s up to each individual to do the respectful thing as an example to our children and fellow Australians. Hopefully it will then catch on and move swiftly through our society and in doing so, change our culture for the better.

Respect, honesty, gratitude, awareness, consideration and taking responsibility for our actions, are the hallmarks of a balanced and happy society. We’re doing pretty well down under, but we can do even better!

A supportive, respectful and nurturing culture in all aspects of the economy is essential to a balanced society.

“Respect, honesty, gratitude, awareness, consideration and taking responsibility for our actions, are the hallmarks of a balanced and happy society”


So far I’ve discussed how we should treat others. But it’s not just the perpetrators or abusers who need to take note, so too do the recipients of the abuse.

It is well established and understood that so-called “bullies” or abusers receive their power from the reaction they receive from their victims. If we deny the reaction that the perpetrators seek, they lose their power and hopefully, their incentive to abuse.

To do this, recipients of abuse must, to use a common expression, “man up”, take responsibility for their own reactions and let the abuse wash over them like water off a duck’s back, or to use a cricket parlance, “let it go through to the keeper” and not strike out at it. This takes courage and self-control on the part of the intended victim, but if we understand that the abuser’s views are meaningless and not worth our energy, we can find comfort and courage in the moment and walk away, rather than react.

By the way, it’s not cowardly to run away if you must. Rather run from an idiot than sink to their level and suffer unnecessarily for doing so.

This happened to me at high school and I was quite happy to vacate the situation as quickly as possible…I was a very fast runner, which helped.

As I said above, the abusive “idiots” are simply not worth it. Pride is one thing, making a strategic retreat is another. It often takes more courage to walk away that to face the abuser.

Having said that, should the abuse continue, then yes, you may have to face up to them, but on your terms, not theirs and call in support or the authorities if necessary.

Dangerous or continued abuse should always be reported to the authorities….regardless of who the perpetrators may be!