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“We may not all agree,
but the more we talk,
the more we have a
chance to reach some
sort of middle ground”
Danielle Benda, editor
WITH an election just over, we can all be forgiven
for feeling a little jaded with people talking about
‘issues’ and ‘visions’. But you know, in order to
get the sort of country we want, one thing the
election has clearly illustrated to me is that we
can’t just leave it all up to politicians; we must
never stop thinking about – or speaking about –
the things that matter to us.
We may not all agree with each other – in fact
we definitely won’t – but the more we talk about
things, the more we have a chance to reach some
sort of middle ground, or at least understand where
the other opinion is coming from. To this end, Scoop
has introduced a new section at the front of the
magazine designed to stimulate and foster debate
about some of the issues that are on our minds. You
and I may not agree with the opinions expressed,
but maybe they will make us think about what we
do believe and introduce us to new possibilities.
Write to us with your thoughts.
This issue we have also taken a look at cocaine,
which is rapidly becoming the cashed-up West
Australian’s illegal drug of choice (page 74).
It was a great treat for me to catch up with
Alzheimer’s disease reseacher and neuroscientist
Professor Ralph Martins, who I first interviewed
several years ago. Then, as now, I left our encounter
inspired. His great energy and enthusiasm for his
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work has seen him and his team at the McCusker
Foundation and Edith Cowan University make many
ground-breaking discoveries, bringing detection,
treatment and hopefully prevention or cure,
much closer to thousands of sufferers. Now West
Australian of the Year, he is the sort of person who
makes you feel fired up with possibilities (page 82).
Noel Nannup is an Aboriginal elder whose stories
about the Perth area and the land around here are
also inspiring. He hopes to use those stories to help
dysfunctional Aboriginal youths find a place for
themselves. Read his yarns on page 86.
We also have two divine fashion shoots to get
you flinging off your winter woolies and running
out to the shops, plus we take a look at our passion
for all things vintage.
And you have no excuses to be bored this spring.
As usual we have also brought you hundreds of
suggestions for things to do, restaurants to visit and
wines to sample. What could be nicer?
Enjoy this lovely time of year!
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