Author Archives: Bob Simpson

About Bob Simpson

Bob is project manager of The Australian Media Engagement Project (AMEP). He believes that ethical and independent journalists are vital to the continuing freedom of Australian citizens. You could argue that In recent decades media organisations have subtly subverted journalism to their own private commercial interests, and away from an integrated sense of fairness, well being and shared prosperity in Australian society, especially for the disempowered. AMEP aims to change general media narratives towards greater fairness, well being and shared prosperity in Australia.

Is inequality growing in Australia? If so, will it allow Australia to flourish?

Our call to action is, “We want to help as many Australians as possible to flourish; personally, in their communities, and as the Nation as a whole!” What AMEP can do, directly, is to push for a media narrative that … Continue reading

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When should our elected governments break political conventions?

Australia still follows Westminster in allowing key principles of democratic accountability to operate according to convention. This article in the Conversation by Richard Mulgan, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University is worth a read: if you’re interested in the political process … Continue reading

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We need to integrate our thought and action towards human flourishing for the common good!

A few months ago, I attended a Rotary function and fortunately heard a talk by Hon. Tim Smith QC, Chair, Accountability Round Table (ART). What stood out in his presentation was the power to ‘the People’ that comes from the … Continue reading

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The sliding scale of ethics – Clarke and Dawe

Humorous way to consider a big issue…  

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Why do journalists not challenge primacy of economic growth?

This article in LinkedIn by Mal Fletcher, UK social futurist and commentator, raises important issues concerning personal and social flourishing, which is the big goal of the Secular Project, Buddhism and Christianity. I’m wondering why serious journalists don’t enquire into … Continue reading

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How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Stalk the Newsroom!

This publication, “Untold Stories“, edited by Aidan White of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), highlights  stories of corruption and conflicts of interest in media activities that influence various countries in the world. AMEP has neither the capability nor the resources … Continue reading

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Education in its current form NOT the answer to Struggle Street!

In a TED Talk by Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley, there could lie a partial answer to the problems of our fellow Australians depicted in SBS’ Struggle Street. How could economic thought, cultural studies, social policies and … Continue reading

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