Every year about this time, I look forward to the shortlisted finalists and winners in the Whitlam Institute’s writing competition for school age young people.

Do you remember optimism ?

It’s a welcome relief from the unrelenting grind of the 24 hour news cycle and the appalling dropkicks and fucktards that populate the halls of parliaments Australia wide.

This year the overall winner was a girl in Year 7/8 who addressed sectarian violence and killing in an amazingly poetic, elegant 500 words.

She is but one of a galaxy of incredibly passionate young writers who never fail to boost our optimism and rekindle the Light on the Hill. Gough would be proud indeed.