Interchange Bench Blog

How facing off against the unknown led me to certainty

Posted on May 6, 2020 by Jason Molyneux
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Standing at a sheer 1986 metres tall and casting a shadow over the Alpine National Park, Mt Bogong (the local Aboriginal name for the mountain roughly translates to The Big Fella) holds the rugged crown of the highest mountain in Victoria, Australia. Mt Bogong proved its status as a … Read More

Diggers. Shining a light on our current hardship.

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Samantha Cotgrave
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My grandfather was a Digger – a Navigator for the RAAF in WW2 in New Guinea and the Coral Sea. He saw the best and worst in men, fighting on both sides. He rarely spoke of it, but when I was nine years old, he took our whole family on … Read More

This will be a thing. Face masks in the workplace.

Posted on April 16, 2020 by Anita Ziemer
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I had never understood face mask wearing in public. To me, face masks indicated a cultural misunderstanding, a weird convention I couldn’t grasp. Were the wearers suggesting our pollution levels were up there with Shanghai’s, were we particularly foul mouthed, or were they themselves escapees from some infectious sanatorium?

I’ve … Read More

From little things… Easter, a time for renewal

Posted on April 7, 2020 by Samantha Cotgrave
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It was while waiting to cross at the lights on Spring Street last week, standing (suitably) apart from a couple on my walk home, when I overheard one say, “Things will really get bad when Bunnings closes.”

I wanted to step closer and join that conversation. Unable to, I’m thinking … Read More

Perspective on pandemic panic requires hope and resilience

Posted on March 31, 2020 by Catherine DeVrye
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Yes, we indeed live in unprecedented times – but haven’t there always been unprecedented times in human history?

There is no room for corona complacency during this current medical and economic crisis. Yet, in spite of cancelled travel, cancelled conferences and investment losses, I find myself safely at home, extremely … Read More

A playlist just for us, right now!

Posted on March 24, 2020 by Candice Lewis
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It’s 11.30am and you’ve checked your news feed one too many times this morning already. We feel your pain, away from work, under financial duress, trying to work out HR and OHS logistics around #WFH (working from home), realising perhaps there is a limit to how much family time we … Read More

IWD 2020: Do we still really need workplace gender equality?

Posted on March 4, 2020 by Diversity Council Australia
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This International Women’s Day, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) is challenging the idea that workplaces no longer need to address gender equality.

Drawing from academic and industry research, DCA has released an infographic highlighting some examples of where gender inequalities limit men and women in the workforce.

“Over 100 years … Read More

Driving into the line of (ex) fires

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Debbie Patsiolis
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We’re going direct! Inspired by initiatives such as Empty Esky and Beers for Bushfire Relief, Slade Group’s bushfire response is to help the businesses and people directly hit by the loss of property and commerce. We’ve made available our two company cars on the weekends so our people can Read More