Category Archives: ethics

Retail Therapy

Of all the phrases that have potential to grate on me I think the one that irritates me the most is ‘retail therapy’. ‘Retail therapy’ encapsulates so many of the problems in society at the moment. Do we really  all think that we can … Continue reading

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Together we can…

Psychologists have referred to the idea of learned helplessness when discussing some cases of poverty around the world. Faced unrelentingly with tremendous hardship many people begin to believe that there is nothing that they can do to change their circumstances. But it … Continue reading

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Public vs Private

In Australia our education system is so extensive that we have choices. There are government run public schools (including comprehensive schools, co-ed and single sex schools, selective schools and other speciality schools for sports or performing arts) and a variety of … Continue reading

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Buy me, buy me, buy me…

My kids have only just started to watch commercial TV this year. They look forward to watching Dora the Explorer and Diego bright and (too) early on a Saturday morning. My oldest son actually loves watching the ads and gets annoyed … Continue reading

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How much should a pair of undies cost?

So in the last few months I’ve been consciously working to be a more ethical consumer, particularly when it comes to food. This has also caused me to question my own beliefs and concepts about buying other stuff, like clothes. I don’t buy many … Continue reading

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What’s the True Cost?

I’ve been exploring the issue of ethical shopping lately. Since reading The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer and Jim Mason last year, I’ve changed my shopping habits around food (and therefore my family’s habits). Our trolley now has … Continue reading

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