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Memento : Issue 19
Media personality and sports commentator Peter Wilkins hoped that his children would have the desire and security to seek the truth in whatever they do. He hoped for truth in journalism and wished that the books would be opened on where natural ability in sports ended and where science cut in, so that ordinary Australians could make up their own minds about what was a truly amazing sporting performance. The Centenary of Federation certainly gave us all the opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and where we are going as a nation. Our speakers in the 'Where to now, Australia?' lecture series provided witty and insightful commentary on this theme in their chosen field. The last seven speakers in the series were psychologist and author Hugh Mackay, cartoonist Judy Horacek, media personality Peter Wilkins, a panel of historians comprising the Hon. John Bannon, Dr Helen Irving and Dr Lenore Coltheart, and cartoonist Bruce Petty. 10 memento january 2002 Hugh Mackay assured audiences that Australians generally want a simple life, more time with the people they love, and a free and innocent childhood for their children. Yet most Australians feel their lives and those of their children are actually becoming more complex, stressed and scheduled. Hugh said that members of the full-time workforce in Australia are now working such long hours that their overtime alone absorbs about 500,000 extra full-time jobs! Judy Horacek mused that while funny people mightn't always have the facts at their fingertips, they do a good line in interpretation. She talked about the serious business of being a cartoonist concerned with feminism, social justice, the environment, and how things could be better. 'If we saw other people as being at least as important as ourselves, at least as deserving of our respect and our duty of care, and of our help when they are in trouble, then the world would be a better place', she said. Australia? Where to now,