Last night Hannah Wandel an extraordinary young Australian was acknowledged for her quest to empower young rural women with the 2019 ACT Young Australian of the Year Award. Read the post Hannah wrote for Art4AgricultureChat here .
I love working with Hannah. To me she epitomises everything that is good and right in the world. It gets better Australia, her long term vision is to represent you in parliament.
Today in Western Australia Catherine Marriott, Tracey Spicer and Skye Sanders are holding the #USToo luncheon to raise funds to support women who are not prepared to walk past sexual harassment behaviour any longer. Like many well known and highly respected women Hannah stood shoulder to shoulder with Catherine
I was moved by this article written by Daisy Turnbull Brown to her modern history class of 2018. It will resonate with everyone around the world who stands for what is good and kind. It will resonate with everyone who is on a quest for change.
Not all of you will be news junkies like I am, not all of you will be politically active. But please be anything but apathetic. Spend ten minutes a day knowing what is happening in the world. Listen to the radio. Listen to podcasts. Read the news, argue with your friends, watch shows like Tonightly & the Project. Find a handful of issues that you are passionate about and become experts in them. Know that policies made today might affect you in 20 years.
I hope a few of you will go into public service. Be more than a political hack. Earn a crust, learn the efficiencies of business and apply them to politics, not the other way round.
But most importantly, know that despite everything, kindness will triumph. That dictators rise but they always fall. Apathy is the enemy of history. And you are more equipped than most to see what is happening and do something about it.
History has its eyes on you, …. never stop asking questions.
and taking a leaf out of Hannah Wandel and Catherine Marriott’s history book today.
“Here’s to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.
May we champion them”