On Mornington Island, far away from places where such lofty words carry their meaning, what we do is simply called “mediation”. That term is used to describe the process, the people involved and the objectives. On Mornington Island, the word “mediation” simply means sorting out whatever issue exists, with whomever is involved and doing this through some form of assisted communication.

This article is based on the speeches prepared for the National Mediation Conference 2016, and it is not included in the print version of volume 29 issue 1.