In the story of Australian mediation there are a number of gaps, in the sense of contradictions or incongruities. We might, in this early stage in our mediation history, be well advised to mind these gaps, in the sense of considering and reflecting upon their significance now and for the future.

The focus in this article is mainly on the Australian experience, which I shall approach in terms of some broad themes and issues. One foot will be in the accumulated knowledge of the discipline and the other in anecdote, personal reflection on practice and poetic licence.