Chris Gardiner

Chris Gardiner

Chris Gardiner is CEO of Police & Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) NSW, one of the largest youth organizations in Australia. PCYC has a unique relationship with the NSW Police Force, supporting the Youth Command with case management of young offenders and youth ‘hotpots’. Chris’s early years as a kid were in what is still a youth ‘hotspot’ – the Housing Department units around Lexington Place at Maroubra Beach. Chris has previously had leadership roles in hospital and aged care with Catholic Healthcare, and as Director of the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney’s Overseas Aid Fund. He has postgraduate qualifications in ethics and in international relations. The views Chris expresses in his contributions are his own.

Articles by Chris Gardiner

Endless cash donations do nothing to aid Asia

Endless cash donations do nothing to aid Asia

22 Nov 12 Britain has recently decided to stop overseas aid to India. It had become untenable for the Government to take money…... Read more

Get workers’ snouts out of the Government trough

Get workers’ snouts out of the Government trough

19 Jun 12 Why should we expect others to cover our needs when we could and should do it ourselves? We want a…... Read more

Worshipping nature doesn’t help humanity

Worshipping nature doesn’t help humanity

15 Jan 11 As human lives and communities are destroyed by floods in Australia, and we recall the devastation of the Haiti quake…... Read more

We must not list brothels on the stock market

We must not list brothels on the stock market

06 Jan 11 It’s tough getting off a slippery slope. But we need our politicians to build an off ramp, quick smart, on…... Read more

WikiLeaks heralds the birth of Fellow Travellers 2.0

WikiLeaks heralds the birth of Fellow Travellers 2.0

14 Dec 10 If you are sympathetic to work of Julian Assange, stop and think: am I at risk of becoming a Fellow…... Read more

Intolerant Churches punishing non-believers

Intolerant Churches punishing non-believers

25 Nov 10 When I was young Catholic, I remember being struck by the contrast between two different approaches to spreading the Gospel…... Read more

God bless the secular state

God bless the secular state

22 Sep 10 I can see why the new atheist commentators Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins want to take on the Pope. Here…... Read more

Farewell new paradigm, we hardly knew you

Farewell new paradigm, we hardly knew you

20 Sep 10 To all those in the The Punch community who wanted – needed – to believe in the ‘New Paradigm’ politics:…... Read more

Islam is the answer to Islam

Islam is the answer to Islam

14 Sep 10 During Ramadan just passed this last weekend, an Australian born Muslim cleric was reported to have called for the beheading…... Read more

The new Green paradigm: bugger the majority

The new Green paradigm: bugger the majority

10 Sep 10 Here’s a simple question in a democracy – if over 80 percent of the electorate support, through a formal vote,…... Read more

Vote Independent? Not if you believe in democracy

Vote Independent? Not if you believe in democracy

31 Aug 10 Did anyone else choke on their breakfast cereal hearing Rob Oakeshot demand party discipline from the Liberal leadership to protect…... Read more

Racist remarks betray a lack of simple respect

Racist remarks betray a lack of simple respect

18 Jun 10 Some people dismiss political correctness too easily. Political correctness, when we are protesting a person being demeaned publicly, is simply…... Read more

Churches need an ethics lesson of their own

Churches need an ethics lesson of their own

10 Jun 10 Go on , be a good Christian, sign the petition to stop parental choice about ethics classes for kids in…... Read more

The only debt these two are owed is gratitude

The only debt these two are owed is gratitude

18 May 10 The only use of the word ‘debt’ that’s justified in the same sentence as John Howard and Peter Costello is…... Read more

Forget the nasty miners PM, what about the banks?

Forget the nasty miners PM, what about the banks?

11 May 10 I think I’m with the miners – just why did the Prime Minister and Treasurer let the banks and finance…... Read more

Irreligious but good – ethics classes for heathens

Irreligious but good – ethics classes for heathens

23 Apr 10 Let’s for a moment accept that the majority of parents think that there should be time set aside in primary…... Read more

Who’ll move first to support the Robin Hood tax?

Who’ll move first to support the Robin Hood tax?

08 Apr 10 So who will be first to support the international ‘Robin Hood Tax’ – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott? We can…... Read more

Message from the worm - it’s about emotions stupid

Message from the worm - it’s about emotions stupid

25 Mar 10 A few years ago an academic and political consultant called Drew Westen wrote a book called ‘The Political Brain’. Based…... Read more

Token ceremony openings must be brought to an end

Token ceremony openings must be brought to an end

17 Mar 10 There is nothing more certain to generate cynicism than having to suffer political correctness in full force. When the experience…... Read more

Abbott the progressive?

Abbott the progressive?

10 Mar 10 Which political leader has just adopted a policy to champion the rights of working women underpinned by progressive taxation? Not…... Read more

Diagnosis: PM has a disease called modern politics

Diagnosis: PM has a disease called modern politics

05 Mar 10 Nothing of substance has occurred in health reform this week. The PM has announced a position he will take in…... Read more

Getting tough on parents when kids come second

Getting tough on parents when kids come second

04 Feb 10 Pay attention all parents before the Family Court and any parent who has come to the attention of the Police…... Read more

Why should teachers remain unaccountable?

Why should teachers remain unaccountable?

28 Jan 10 The release of My School data as part of the Rudd Government’s ‘Education Revolution’ begs the question about a key…... Read more

Let’s stop taking our citizenship for granted

Let’s stop taking our citizenship for granted

19 Jan 10 They take on the privileges of Australian citizenship with little real knowledge of, or attachment to, our key values and…... Read more

What’s not complicated about marriage and family

What’s not complicated about marriage and family

14 Jan 10 Another happy-go-lucky Hollywood production is out about infidelity: ‘It’s Complicated’. It may even win the star of the movie an…... Read more

Would it be too much to ask to have a saint with a family

Would it be too much to ask to have a saint with a family

23 Dec 09 I was raised a tyke in the 60s. The key role models who gave my life direction when I was…... Read more

On being ‘Progressive’

On being ‘Progressive’

15 Dec 09 Note: This piece was prompted by a column by David Hetherington, the executive director of progressive think tank Per Capita,…... Read more

Power to the people on an ETS - without a new tax

Power to the people on an ETS - without a new tax

08 Dec 09 Tony Abbott has rejected the dominant ETS paradigm. He says he wants, though, to re-balance business and household behaviour and…... Read more

Dignified disability scheme is paramount

Dignified disability scheme is paramount

26 Nov 09 God is capricious, arbitrary and callous when it comes to inflicting tragic disabilities on his/her creatures. The question is whether…... Read more

The eight inconvenient truths on boat people

The eight inconvenient truths on boat people

16 Nov 09 Here are the eight inconvenient truths in the ongoing conversation on boat people over the last weeks and months in…... Read more

Abuser pays – make drunken idiots pay for their mayhem

Abuser pays – make drunken idiots pay for their mayhem

04 Nov 09 Did I read the story correctly? Now police can’t even fine a person for drunken behaviour in public places? Time…... Read more

Failing kids, failing the community

Failing kids, failing the community

28 Oct 09 The kid’s “parents” - his “parents” are his mum and her current boyfriend - don’t give a stuff. He hates…... Read more

The frog and the tadpoles: ban this man from travel

The frog and the tadpoles: ban this man from travel

12 Oct 09 If Mr Sarkozy does not sack the French Culture Minister, Frederic Mitterrand, the international community should impose a travel ban…... Read more

The Eudy: a new  global sports award

The Eudy: a new global sports award

09 Oct 09 Some might charge me with politicizing Football – but here I go, here I go, here I go … With…... Read more

What Kyle says about the death of our civility

What Kyle says about the death of our civility

28 Sep 09 A radio personality returned to the air this week after time out to recover from an unfortunate incident arising from…... Read more

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