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editor’s note It’s already the ‘business end’ of yet another semester. In my world, it’s currently 3.15am, I’m on my 9th cup of tea in 2 hours and still no closer to finishing the first of my three assignments (all of which are due in Week 10... even better). Even so, as a veteran of late nights and not really achieving anything substantial until the day before the said assignment is due, my procrastination goes into overdrive: all of my clothes are in colour and style order and my laundry is done (and I hate laundry with a passion). And then there’s Insight! This edition, we reflect back on a fantastic event - Dining with Social Justice (page 7). We also take a closer look at the organisations at the event (page 9), and what it’s really like interning with Amnesty International (page 16). Josephine Colahan shares her experiences working in the Outback (page 4) and Connor McBain shares his views on the real role that gay marriage will play in the US presidential elections (page 6).


Enjoy :) Until next time, Kristie xx

Editor | Kristie Megg Designer | Kristie Megg Cover Image | Ash Peplow-Ball

have you joined?


Words | Carly O’Loughlan Pictures | Bond HELP

Bond HELP stands for Hunger Eradication & Long-term Projects. We are the Bond University Chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH). UFWH are partners with the United Nations World Food Programme in a joint commitment to end hunger both domestically and internationally. At the moment, Bond HELP is one of the very few clubs that have a seat on the student steering committee for World Food Day on October 16, as UFWH have been asked to be the leading organisation in coordinating events all of over the world. So far, we have raised nearly $2000 in donations with our ‘Fill the Cup’ hunger challenge in Week 3 and from next week onwards we will be holding a food drive for a local charity organisation called Transformation Ministries in Broadbeach. Transformation Ministries provides food to hungry families on the Coast. We hope to hold a series of events next semester around World Food Day, but long-term we hope to hold a regional hunger summit at Bond University to start a dialogue on hunger in the Asia Pacific Region.



Words | Josephine Colahan Pictures | Josephine Colahan

I have spent my time in a distant outback camp assisting the traditional owners of the land for the past six weeks (between my final exam and the graduation ceremony!) My job involved entering their significant sites, people and stories into a database for their future generations. This anthropological work was a surprise to me. For two and a half years, I have been studying diplomacy and global governance in International Relations. Although my heart is in the Outback, I had not put much thought into how I could direct my studies toward Outback interests. The core purpose of the Aurora Project is to build capacity in Australian Indigenous organisations and communities through the provision of education, staff development, placement programs and other support services. Initially, the Aurora internship program placed law students and graduates into Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and other organisations. The program has since expanded to include anthropology students and graduates; and, further, to include other social science students and graduates including archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, history, human geography and sociology. Although International Relations did not seem to be quite the background for an Aurora Internship, giving six weeks of my time to an Aboriginal organisation was an attractive option in many respects. Although I could have chosen to work in a capital city, going outback was a delight I could not resist.

The timing of Aurora internships is to sit within the vacation periods of a two semester university year, and is for a five to six week period. For Bondies, this will generally mean some negotiation with staff to organise that extra time. I decided to take up a placement after my final exams. The application process is simple, and online, and the interview was interesting, and then I waited patiently to see which of the two places I had chosen would choose me. I was thrilled to be accepted by Dugalunji. Having no background in anthropology I assumed I would not have a chance of being accepted there, although I did not let that deter me to ask. Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation represents the Indjilandji-Dhidhanu traditional owners of the upper Georgina River region, on the Queensland/Northern Territory border, managing their native title claim and operating as an Aboriginal cultural heritage body registered under the Queensland cultural heritage legislation. My work at Dugalunji was to read a variety of anthropological and archaeological reports from a wide range of experts, written over the past twenty years for Dugalunji and other civil and mining corporations, and to extract relevant information and upload the documents and information to Dugalunji’s cultural heritage database. My intention on leaving this placement is to enter a post graduate course in archaeology and anthropology of Indigenous Australia; however I believe that what I have learnt here in this past six weeks would be hard to top – and has left me with an insatiable urge to work in this field. I have had the opportunity to observe an Aboriginal Traditional Owner knapping and hafting tools with rock, resin and wood from this country; to take part in a

cultural heritage monitoring activity in relation to developmental work, and to visit some significant sites – at first alone, with the sanction of the Traditional Owner, and to another with an eminent anthropologist and group of trainees. It has been my privilege to observe several inductions of mineral exploration teams – geologists and diamond drillers – into the cultural heritage of this country, and it is interesting to watch the attitude change from the expectation of wasted time into a genuine interest into the values and artefacts of the traditional people. The place would be nothing without the people. At Dugalunji there are approximately seventy people during the Myuma Pty Ltd training period. Dugalunji’s affiliate Myuma operates civil construction, labour hire, catering and training businesses to provide employment and training for Aboriginal people from throughout northern Queensland. There are two 13 week training periods each year of over 30 trainees, and a similar number of staff and trainers over the training period. Thus, this is a purposeful place at all times, and yet visitors are welcomed from neighbouring Aboriginal communities as in traditional culture. The people have been wonderful to meet and work among, there is friendliness and equality between all, and the occasional after dinner game of Rummy or Trivial Pursuit is relaxing and enjoyable. I will miss this special spirit when I leave here at the end of this week. It will be difficult to leave this placement. Applications for the summer 2012/13 round of Aurora internships will be open from 6th to the 31st August online via their website at

political pow wow:

the real effect of same-sex marriage?

Words | Connor McBain

At the risk offending those I don’t intend to offend, I would just like to point out that I am for same sex marriage. I’ve been to a homosexual couple’s wedding, and I can tell you it was substantially more fun and more touching than a large portion of the heterosexual weddings I’ve been to. Frankly, as far as equality and civil rights goes, it’s a logical progression. There isn’t a reasonable argument to refute it. Marriage isn’t a Christian concept, it’s a societal pattern that has developed through human evolution. The point where I draw contention is the role the issue will play in the US election come the fall.

Not to mention he’s had to repair the diplomatic disaster that was George “I think about the terrorists everyday, except for Sunday” Bush. The past four years haven’t been the change Obamites hoped for. By and large, the immensely divided and broken nature of American democracy makes change practically impossible in four years. When the President is elected, if he’s lucky, he has a House and/ or Senate majority. That gives him some leeway. Then there is midterms not far around the corner, where The House/Senate will likely be lost in favour of a partisan attempt at a quick fix before the next national election. The window for opportunity for a President to make substantial change is minuscule. Obama has been stifled the same way Clinton was after inheriting a deficit and war from a Republican (Bush Snr.). Yet by the millennium America was in surplus again, thanks to bi-partisanship of a democratic president and republican Speaker of The House.

Barack Obama is pro-same sex marriage, that’s always been the case. He’s simply just stated so openly after being forced into a corner by a vice-president who has the political maneuverability of a bull in a china shop. Thank you Joe Biden, we’ve established the obvious, now let’s get onto that little business of a national election. Obama-Boehner isn’t Clinton-Gingrich. However, the problem isn’t the President’s doing if he is unable to govern. The problem The issue of gay marriage isn’t going to be what wins Obama is the legislative bodies within the United States, that being the another term. Its party unity and sticking to the mantra that got House of Congress and the Senate. him elected. Romney, in contrast to Obama, is the heir apparent to a broken Mitt Romney is undoubtedly savvy when it comes to Wall Street, and divided party. Clinton and Obama bloodied each other going the banks and how to manage a large national corporation. into the primaries, but united for the election to great effect. In the Without wanting to being any more dramatic than necessary, Republican primaries it was a free for all as long as the Romney is a corporate raider. More Gordon Gekko than Jed target was Romney. The overwhelming opposition to the guy was Bartlett. Undoubtedly a great asset for a private equity firm like sufficient to make Rick Santorum look like a credible alternative, Bain Capital, not for public service. which is damning proposition in itself. Will he provide more jobs in an America with over 8% unemployment? Unlikely, if you’ve ever looked at his record at Bain Capital. Will he stick to his message or will he be saying what will get him elected in four years time? Its called, look it up. Obama isn’t exactly my cup of tea (I say this as a self confessed H.R.C supporter), who is to be trusted more though? The guy who came in and steadied the ship, or the man of anything but substance?

He’s made more left and right turns than a student walking through the Batlabs. His political flip flopping was so profuse that it made John McCain pick Sarah “I can see Russia from my backyard” Pailin as his running mate over the former Massachusetts Governor.

This election can’t be won on ideology and demagoguery like that of 2008, it will be judged on a record. Whilst he isn’t to everyone’s taste, Obama is consistent, with a career committed to public service and community. Romney is a political opportunist, a flash in the pan. Same sex marriage won’t be what Obama has been stifled by a Republican Congress domestically. wins Obama another term on November 6th, its consistency and He has inherited two costly wars whose success and purpose unity. He doesn’t need to win on ideology or social issues, he has are questionable at the best of times. a base. Romney does not and is clinging for one now so he is not remembered as only the 1% candidate.

looking beyond bond

dining with social justice edition

dining with social justice a recap

ELLEN SCOBIE REFLECTS ON A TRULY INSPIRATIONAL NIGHT Words | Ellen Scobie Pictures | James Coldham & Rosie Viner

Dining with Social Justice enabled students, staff and notfor-profit organisations to meet in a warm and inspiring atmosphere as we celebrated the wonderful contributions that these organisations make to our local and global communities. Influenced by the theme of this publication, I thought I would share some of the Insight I gained from the evening: 1. Not-for-profit organisations are keen to work with students… You just have to pick up the phone! 2. If your motivations and vision match up, combine resources. Several representatives acknowledged that being in an environment where they can share knowledge with similar organisations was an excellent opportunity to improve their own initiatives. Furthermore, by coorganising with the HMSA – we were able to reach a wider range of students, organisations and delegate tasks more effectively. 3. Take up opportunities, let events influence you and follow your passion. Many of the representatives did not plan on working for their particular organisation, however a series of opportunities and experiences influenced their careers. This was best illustrated in a speech delivered by Carol Ronken (Bravehearts). Carol began her career advocating for the rights of people in jail. However, a tragedy changed her direction and for the past ten years she has researched and lobbied for victims of sexual assault. Despite this, she has managed to maintain her respect for the rights of all people. 4. A variety of skills must be mobilised to reach humanitarian goals. I did not fully comprehend the meaning of this statement until I was in a room with 87 people, consisting of 60 students from nearly every faculty and 16 representatives from a range of organisations, from large international NGOs to local grassroots organisations, from organisations focused on children’s rights, to ones concerned with homelessness and life changing surgeries. 5. Hope is a powerful thing. Phil Candler described the work of Effective Aid in terms of ‘instilling hope in others’. His genuine approach to his work and belief in the role of hope was empowering. To everyone who attended and helped in the organisation of the event, thank you for the excellent atmosphere that you created through your enthusiasm and passion for social justice.

the organisations Words | Amy Reid Pictures | James Coldham & Rosie Viner

save the children


Save the Children envisions a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. They aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children is an independent emergency relief and development organization for children which touched the lives of over 100 million children in more than 126 countries in 2011 including Afghanistan, Australia, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. Their programs aim to ensure that children: - No longer die from preventable disease - Have the opportunity to learn through access to education - Are supported and assisted in an emergency, such as a natural disaster - Are safe and protected from harm - Understand their rights and responsibilities

amnesty international PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. They envision a world in which every person enjoys all the rights contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. They work to protect people and communities who come under attack, encourage governments and others to respect human rights and raise awareness of the international standards that protect every human being. Their work includes, but is not limited to: - Calling on governments or companies to uphold, create or change laws or policies that will protect human rights - Sending experts on missions into countries where human rights abused are occurring to investigate and report - Work with the worlds media to expose human rights abuses and call the guilty to justice - Facilitating the signing of petitions, writing of letters and taking online action directed at governments, groups or individuals - Support human rights advocates and activists defending human rights in their own countries


BREAKING THE SILENCE ON CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT Bravehearts is an organization made up of survivors, parents, friends, partners, professionals and members of the community who share a belief that child sexual assault must stop. Bravehearts aims to ‘Break the Silence’, providing healing and support, engender child sexual assault prevention and protection strategies; advocate for understanding and promote increased education and research. The work of Bravehearts in the community includes: - The Ditto® Suite of in-school protective behaviors education programs - Advocating for survivors directly and more broadly through participating in government committees, inquiries and working parties, media, community debate and legislative review and reform - Community awareness programs including the National White Balloon Day® held annually since 1997 and attributed to a 514% increase in disclosures to Queensland police in 1999 - Counseling and support programs to support children, adolescents and adult survivors of child sexual assault as well as their family members - Provision of Free Telephone Crisis line and advocacy systems

the migrant centre


The Migrant Centre was founded in 2001 and aims to promote the benefits of multiculturalism, pluralism of opinion, and the contribution of all migrant communities. The Migrant Centre believes in the value that migrants bring to Australian society through the sharing of culture, language and religion. The objectives of The Migrant Centre include: - To support and advocate for the improved economic, social and cultural opportunities of people from all cultural backgrounds residing in Australia - To facilitate civic and community participating and skills building of migrants in Australia - To create strategies towards settlement, social inclusion and sustainable employment - To promote and enhance the benefits of multiculturalism and produce diversity

wear social

PROMOTING AND FOSTERING THE CREATIVITY OF WOMEN WearSocial was born out of the need to promote and foster creativity and the expressions of women in developing countries. Harnessing the talent that already exists in rural communities, WearSocial delivers hand-crafted and unique creations from communities in developing countries. The project was developed after the personal journey the founder, Michelle Lasorsa, on her travels to Tanzania and Zanzibar in 2011. Michelle witnessed first-hand the creativity, passion and desire of women wanting to start and succeed in business. Due to limited opportunities, resources and most often a lack of education, women in developing countries rarely get the chance to share their talent with the rest of the world. WearSocial is a platform of artisans that nurtures the voice, visibility and validity of women. Profits from the goods sold are returned to  communities to allow financial independence  -  empowering women, their families and future generations.

australian red cross REDUCING HUMAN SUFFERING

Australian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent movement operating in over 188 countries. The mission of the movement is to prevent or reduce human suffering, wherever it is found. In all its activities, the Red Cross is guided by the Fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. The National Red Cross Society embodies the work and principles of the International movement and acts as auxiliaries to public authorities of their own countries in the humanitarian field and provide a range of services including disaster relief, health and social programs. During wartime, National Societies assist affected civilian populations and support army medical services where appropriate.


Operation Smile Australia is part of a global alliance of Operation Smile Foundations and Resource Chapters dedicated to providing free treatment to children and young adults suffering from childhood facial deformities in developing countries. Operation Smile Australia sends volunteer credentialed Australian medical professionals to Operation Smile’s International Medical Missions around the world to treat children during a two-week period. On a typical International Medical Mission, 300-500 children receive full medical evaluations and 100-150 children are surgically treated. Through the generosity of sponsors, they can arrange to have a child and a guardian brought to Brisbane, Australia where the child receives surgery. A caring host family provides a home for them during the child’s treatment and recovery, typically lasting a month. With the help of medical volunteers, host families, generous donors and the expert services of the Mater Children’s Hospital, Queensland X-Ray and Mater Pathology the children’s faces are transformed which in turn changes the lives of these children and their families are changed forever.

effective aid


Effective Aid is a non-profit organization that aims to provide under privileged and disadvantage people with the basic necessities that enable them to survive, but beyond that to provide development to communities, thus empowering them to take charge of their own futures. Effective Aid is working to make this world a better place, offering relief from the daily suffering endured by many. Effective Aid’s programs include: - Providing quality education to displaced children - Baan Fah Sighy Children’s Home in Thailand for children who are abandoned, rejected by families or orphaned - Emergency aid and Social work - Glory2Glory Dental Clinic in Maela Refugee Camp - Assisting in areas of community health and well-being - Working to relieve poverty in target communities


PROVIDING FREE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND TRAINING Interplast Australia & New Zealand provide surgical and allied health services in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region by providing free medical treatment and training. Each member of an Interplast program is fully qualified in their field of expertise and volunteer their time to participate in an Interplast program.   Interplast volunteers provide free treatment to people living with a disability from a congenital condition such as cleft lip and palate, or an acquired condition such as burn scar contractures.  Treatment is targeted to the indigent population who would otherwise not be able to afford to access services.   Interplast assists with developing local capacity to provide surgery and ancillary services by providing training and mentoring programs for medical and allied health professionals.  All Interplast programs are training programs — leaving a legacy long after the team has gone.

micah projects

RESPONDING TO SOCIAL DISADVANTAGE MICAH Projects aim to create justice and respond to injustice at the personal, social and structural levels in church, government, business and society. They seek to respond to people who experience exclusion, poverty, injustice and social isolation so that they may experience inclusion, economic wellbeing, justice and connection within their community of choice.   The Service areas of MICAH projects include: - Family, Women and Children Support Services - Forgotten Australians Support Services - Homelessness to Home Support Services - Mental Health and Disability Support Services - Supportive Housing Services - Innovation, Research and Evaluation Unit



Yalari’s vision is to provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children so they can achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and to make a valuable contribution as Australians. Yalari aims to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change. Yalari offers Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities and towns across Australia the opportunity for a first-class secondary education through scholarships to attend some of Australia’s leading boarding schools. Established in 2005, Yalari now supports 186 children around Australia enrolled at schools in 31 partnership schools in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Yalari was founded by Indigenous educator Waverley Stanley and his wife Llew Mullins.



AIME provides educational programs that give Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment. The goals of AIME’s education programs include: - Increase year 10 and year 12 progression rates and increase university admission rates for Indigenous students - Strengthening links between universities and local high schools - To support teachers to become more optimistic about tertiary education being a real option for their Indigenous students - Increasing parent’s beliefs in the child’s chances of pursuing a university education

aboriginal & torres strait islander legal service PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICES

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service is a communitybased organization established to provide professional and culturally proficient legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland. Their mission is to foster collaborative partnerships with communities, key government and non-government stakeholders to influence positive change and deliver high quality legal services for people within or exposed to the justice system. Their role is to: - Ensure clients are appropriately represented when they come into contact with the justice system - Assist and inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and enhance their understanding of the justice system - Ensure that clients and families receive quality legal advice and representation - Influence a positive change within the justice system that reflects a better understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural backgrounds, problems and challenges that impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders


FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW Words | Melanie Hayden Pictures | Henry Norris & Melanie Hayden

1. Smell: Chinatown Markets, Ho Chi Minh City 2. Best taste: Fresh rice paper rolls at Red Bridge Cooking School 3. Must see: L’Apothiquaire Massage and Spa, Ho Chi Minh City; My Son ruins near Hoi An and the view (coupled with $3 cocktails) from the Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel. 4. Beware of: Crossing roads at all times. 5. Summarised in one word: Coriander.


In recent times, there has been a sizeable shift in the level of awareness and engagement Bond students have with humanitarian, social rights and aid related issues. Such engagement has increasingly moved into a greater involvement in local and international aid programs and as of June 2012, there is a substantial movement of Bond students who now see themselves working for grassroots, on the ground NGO’s as well as your worldwide bodies such as the United Nations. This in itself is brilliant, and something I never expected to see during my time at Bond. Last week, Dining with Social Justice was held by the HSA in conjunction with the HMSA and the CDC in an effort to bring together both the students who dream of working for a local or international NGO, and those living the dream already, into the one room to discuss the idea of having a ‘meaningful career.’ One such step early on the process is through an internship. While in Business and Law, internships and the dates and procedures behind them are very much set in stone, it can often be a lot more difficult for Humanities students to find the right fit when attempting to get some hands on work experience. An internship program to keep your eye out for is that of Amnesty International Australia (AIA). Based in Brisbane, the office looks after a wide range of AIA’s programs targeted towards both the Australian public and global community. I, along with 4 other Bond students am currently undertaking internship programs that comprise a commitment of 1 day per week for between 3 – 6 months.

There are a number of areas in which students can intern in – with students from Journalism, Communication, International Relations and Law being perfect candidates for an Amnesty Internship. (This isn’t to say that other degree programs are not eligible either – there is always new and exciting focused opportunities arising!)

1. You are right in the thick of it. Amnesty is a worldwide movement that calls for action on a wide range of issues. This means there are plenty of meetings you get to sit in on and much spontaneous work you can partake in. Often, you will be asked to simply drop what you are doing – as a more pressing or urgent task arises. This may include Communications Intern research, writing proposals or letters to ranking members of Government as well as grassroots Communications interns assist in building collateral for campaign work. various programs and campaigns as required by Amnesty, including engaging Amnesty volunteers and 2. You will be set individual or team projects for the members for causes and campaigns. They will assist in entirety of your internship that make a direct writing web content and communication strategies. contribution to the awareness, education and Often, their role will be dictated by trends in a global reactionary components so necessary within the perspective. human rights movement. Campaigns Intern

3. You will be learning on the ground, in a fast paced environment from people who are fiercely passionate about what they are doing, and hoping to achieve. I have loved every minute (so far) of my Amnesty International internship – and look forward to taking the skills I have learnt so far as an intern into other areas of my work life.

Campaign interns can engage in a wide variety of roles including assisting in major campaigns such as the Arms Trade Treaty campaign, or assisting in community and school based outreach to build awareness and educate the wider community. Often, more specific campaigns will need assistance, such as the Bill of Rights or death penalty movements – and interns are able to heavily For more information on the Amnesty International partake in this process. Internship program, see the Amnesty International website or contact Paulina Willis, the Humanities and The program itself has been brilliant for a number of Social Sciences Industry liaison for Bond University. reasons.


stop one: hsa office

Challenge: Eat one weetbix without water before you can receive your clue to the next stop.

Challenge: Teams of two had to complete two laps around the ring holding hands, then a one minute synchronised dance routine.

stop three: golf

stop two: ice skating

Challenge: Teams had to chip within 1 metre of the hole from a sand bunker, as well as hit the ball over 100m with a sand wedge.

stop four: miami mcdonalds Challenge: One member from each team had to purchase five things from the loose change menu and consume them all at once. Messy, but once everything was consumed teams received their clue to the next stop.

stop five: robina bowling Challenge: Teams had to work up to a certain score before receiving their clue to the next stop.

stop six: oval on scottsdale Challenge: Teams had to: - Do a relay around the oval - Kick a rugby union and NFL ball from the 50m mark and score a goal - Do a sack race - Hit six buckets placed at a distance with a ball - Egg and spoon race - Wheelbarrow and piggyback relay - And then find the clue

stop six: bond clubhouse

AND THE WINNERS WERE: Challenge: Finally, teams had to find letters scattered around campus to spell out ‘Bondy 500’.


end of semester revision seminars


Insight Ed 5  

The second ed of Insight for 122

Insight Ed 5  

The second ed of Insight for 122