In this issue:

Childhood Obesity: The Death of a Paradigm; 

Four Pre-requisites for Preventing Sexual Violence and Abuse;  

Local Knowledge is Not a Thing of the Past;  

Talking About Planning in its Absence.   

Childhood Obesity: The Death of a Paradigm

Myth and legend may constitute a significant proportion of what passes for rational discussion of public issues. It’s always hard to tell since it takes a lot of work to uncover and then question the shared assumptions of debate. In this article, Timothy Olds pulls up his sleeves and takes a closer look at tales about childhood obesity.

Four Pre-requisites for Preventing Sexual Violence and Abuse

On so many social issues, governments and communities react rather than act. Despite the obvious advantages of prevention, we often appear to lack the understanding or capacity to neutralize emerging problems. In this article, Stephen Smallbone outlines the fundamentals of preventing sexual violence and abuse.

Local Knowledge is Not a Thing of the Past

Thoughtful design of housing and the urban environment has so many benefits for a place such as southeast Queensland, with its benign, subtropical climate. In this article, Rosemary Kennedy discusses the research that has led to a new handbook on subtropical design and how it will help us to manage the impacts of climate change in SEQ.

Talking About Planning in its Absence

Concerns about population growth are mounting with numerous calls for a proper debate about the issue, the launching of a new political party, and the appointment of a federal Population Minister. It’s hard to expect much sense will be produced in an election year, but can we hope for a thoughtful plan some time soon? If our recent track record is anything to go by, argues Martin Leet, we shouldn’t hold our breath.