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Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UPFRONT -

Thank God for peo­ple like Ber­nadette Black’s Year 10 co-or­di­na­tor. Thank God he didn’t judge, sneer nor make snide com­ments when she turned up to his of­fice 16 and preg­nant but still want­ing to pur­sue her ed­u­ca­tion. Thank God in­stead, he of­fered her un­flinch­ing sup­port and hope, which helped turned her life around. Other­wise we may never have heard of our new­est Tas­ma­nian Aus­tralian of the Year. Thank God also for Charles Woo­ley’s prin­ci­pal, who had the fore­sight to re­alise that a young Charles re­ally didn’t need to be sub­jected to years of Re­li­gious Knowl­edge classes and should sim­ply be free to go out and ask all the im­per­ti­nent ques­tions he liked. With­out this for­ward-think­ing prin­ci­pal all those charm­ing in­ter­views by the in­trepid 60 Min­utes’ re­porter may have never been aired, nor would we have been able to en­joy his timely and of­ten thought­pro­vok­ing col­umn in the pages of this mag­a­zine each week­end.

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