Author Archives: greenleftyidealist

About greenleftyidealist

Green, left and idealistic. A mum, a runner, a rogainer, a public servant and wanna be writer. My dog is golden.

The Plastic Alternative

The past few months I’ve been working on reducing plastic (and waste generally) in our house. We are not big consumers. We don’t get take away much, we try to eat healthily (and avoid excess packaging) and the purchase of … Continue reading

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Agents of Change

I don’t recall a day that has depressed me more than the 8th Nov 2016. The feeling of heaviness that hung over me with the realization that Trump had been elected was stifling. That the world had come to this! … Continue reading

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How “double dipping” misses the point – reflections on the last decade of PPL policies

Over the past decade I’ve had four kids. With each addition, I’ve become more and more aware of the issues facing women (particularly regarding balancing paid work and caring roles) in Australia and thus with each one, I’ve become more … Continue reading

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Clawing back creativity

So it has been a real long time between posts. Time and time again I read some amazing articles, and have amazing ideas about what I’m reading, but I never seem to find the space and time to have more than … Continue reading

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The selfie that really raises breast cancer awareness

Almost everyone will have been confronted with the phenomenon of the “no makeup selfie” raising awareness for breast cancer. They’re everywhere on social media accompanied with the usual hash tags – #nomakeupselfie, #beatcancersooner #breastcancerawreness. There’s been a lot of commentary … Continue reading

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Cutting into gender discrimination

Recently I took my three kids to get haircuts. It was my 21 month old daughter’s first one. Like all my kids she had very little hair at birth and even with almost 2 years of growth her hair was … Continue reading

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Heigh-ho heigh-ho it’s off to work I go… if I can get childcare!

Childcare: It’s a vexed issue. Do you? Don’t you? And if you manage to get beyond the initial loaded question of whether to put your kids in care then there’s a whole barrage of other issues waiting for you. With … Continue reading

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