I am your ordinary, middle-class, working mother that happens to be a practising Muslim who profoundly opposes terrorism and is ardently seeking harmony.
When they meet and mate another set of influences comes to bear: the needs of their children and what is right for them.
But in all of them, to repeat, the real and sometimes hidden engine of social life is the production of children and their maturation into adults.
The data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, labour force participation and employment rates amongst migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.
The contrast between the sexes can be seen early. Simon Baron Cohen says 99 per cent of girls play with dolls at age six. Barely 17 percent of boys do.
Guilt doesn't create the basis for reframing our relationships or enabling us to see new alterative futures together.
We celebrated two Australia Days this year. The bad news is that they were on the same date as each other and not only will there be no extra holiday but half the population wasn't able to see what the other half celebrated.
Karen is at the mercy of her adoptive family's personal spending habits, which often take priority over her disability needs.
Mayor Cotter, standing in front of an Australian flag, gave an impassioned speech about what it meant to be Australian and why we must engage in public life.
In typical Aussie style they take the piss out of just about everyone and every social custom, yet blend it within a culture of unity and acceptance.
In 2016, the US presidential election and Australian federal election confirmed it was not the year for political women.
It requires a reversal of the market-oriented convention that tinkering with an economy must precede efforts to build a just society: economy first, society later.