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Tully Smith
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Checking out some of the sensational exhibitions forming part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney. I love this years theme, very powerful - "the future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed"
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Melbourne, you really do come alive for #ausgp, one of the worlds great events, hosted in Australia's only truly global city! 
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Wow, I know I'm late to the party on this but I've just seen the attacks on Billy Brownless today. I watched his interview on The Footy Show last night, and could not have been more taken aback. I watched a courageous man open up about one of the hardest issues any person can face. What Billy did, by just appearing, took guts, the implications of his appearance, of what he said, and the way he handled himself, will be long lasting and wide reaching for men's health.

The facts:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that in 2014, 2,160 males took their own life, that's 18.4 men per 100,000 people. Compared with 704 females who committed suicide or 5.9 woman per 100,000.
- In 2014, approximately 75% of people who died by suicide were males and 25% were females.
- The male suicide rate was higher in every state and territory of Australia; a trend that is also consistently observed in other Western countries.
- In 2014, suicide represented 2.8% of all male deaths and 0.9% of all female deaths.
- Although men are more likely to die by suicide, the incidence of mental illness is actually higher in women. ABS figures suggest at some point in their lives one in five men experience anxiety and one in eight will have depression, whereas for women one in six experience depression and anxiety affects one in three.
- Men are less likely to get the help they need, with ABS data showing only 27 per cent of men seek professional help, compared to 40 per cent of women. In many cases men turn to drugs or alcohol instead of getting assistance.
- Studies show relationship breakdown is a major contributing factor in men choosing to commit suicide.

I have re-watched and re-watched the interview, I don't see a man talking about possession, I see a man talking about trust. Billy did something last night that many men could not, he opened up, he talked about his issues and about his feelings, and he did it on live national television. Billy Brownless, you sir, are a legend!

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I did not get the opportunity to attend university out of high school. Not because I didn't get the marks required, but because I simply couldn't afford it. Growing up in regional Victoria provided so many wonderful opportunities, however paid after school work was not an option, as the only public transport was the direct school bus. Having no savings I couldn't afford a car, let alone the running costs, and accommodation in Melbourne simply wasn't an option.

The issues around access to education go well beyond the fees required for the courses. Tonight I was honoured to meet Canadian Entrepreneurial Businessman and Philanthropist John McCall MacBain and his incredible wife Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain. John was the Founder, President and CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world’s leading classified advertising company operating over 575 print titles and 56 websites in 20 countries, in Australia he had The Trading Post. In 2006 John sold the company and together with Marcy they started the McCall MacBain Foundation - MMF.

MMF has already donated over $250 million to improving the welfare of humanity through focused grants in the areas of education, health and the environment. Over 50% of the money MMF has granted has gone to Education, with a focus on addressing barriers to education. In fact John and Marcy are in Melbourne for the opening of a large student accommodation facility they supported.

It is through amazing individuals like the McCall MacBains, that the door to education will swing open to a new generation around the world, and across the economic spectrum. However there is more to be done, and our future is in our hands. The world, and Australia, need more people like John and Marcy McCall MacBain.
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Proud to support my mate Jieh-Yung Lo tonight, as the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland, officially launches Poliversity.

Jieh-Yung Co-founded Poliversity to advocate for cultural diversity leadership and to achieve a more balanced and equitable representation that reflects the multicultural makeup of Australia
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26/02/2016
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It's impossible to capture the full beauty of the Brim Silo Art in a photo, however I gave it a crack. It is not just the silos, it is the entire landscape, and that mighty Wimmera sky that form part of this canvas. Definitely worth a visit
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11/02/2016
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It was great to meet the Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten, last night at the 2015 Rigg Design Awards. Recently Fiona had a bill passed in the Victorian Parliament that will finally stop the disgusting protesters who position themselves at the doors of Victorian abortion clinics
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Not hard to see why Once has won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical
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Tasting some delightful ports, while visiting a port! St Anne's age their product in former bourbon and whisky barrels and it really does make for some amazing flavours and aromas.
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14/04/2014
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I'll admit that I was a bit sceptical, but this Sunday night footy thing ain't too bad. Great game tonight Bombers!
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