Betrayal

Eloquent and articulate. Noel Pearson offers a heartfelt glimpse into the hypocrisy, cowardice and deception brought by the political right and its leaders to a valid recognition of the First Australians. Within the eloquence that describes the struggle, there is an almost palpable pathos underscoring the betrayal that so many First Australians must feel both as individuals and as a collective. For me, this essay underlines what I have long…

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A Plea for Compassion

The refugees on Manus have written a letter to some of the leaders of the free world (I have corrected a few spelling mistakes): To the Honourable: President Donald Trump, Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau and also humanitarian people of those countries We, refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island detention, are writing to you to explain our terrible condition and also our request. The condition in here…

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Is Coal Cheaper Than Renewables as an Energy Source?

So much of what we read and are told about complex issues are affected by the widely varying views of a range of stake-holders.  As is usual, those with much power and money have more opportunity to disseminate the message that they wish to promote.  Sadly, that rarely aligns with the interests of the general public, unless by coincidence.  Worse still, such viewpoints rarely take a broad contextual view of…

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Parrtjima light festival illuminates Aboriginal culture

Congratulations to those who have put into the Festival of Light. I sincerely hope that it encourages the treasuring and preservation of First Australian culture, as well as a better understanding by non-Aboriginal people of how valuable this heritage is to the nation. I am aware that some First Australians see the event as an inappropriate one that does harm to Aboriginal heritage, tradition and belief and I hope that…

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Australian Parliamentary Eligibility Farce

Australian Parliamentary Eligibility would appear to be available to NO Australian. How bizarre? However, it seems that because of the wording of Section 44 of the Constitution [ http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/Publications_Archive/archive/Section44 ] which deals with disqualification, becoming ineligible can depend on the laws of other nations. As it stands, the laws of New Zealand effectively make all Australians ineligible to hold office in either the upper or lower houses of the Federal…

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Only 58% of First Australians registered to vote.

Yes, Paul, we should not only be asking why – in many respects that’s probably only too obvious – what we need to be doing is working to change this. As long as we have non-aboriginal population that is prepared to vote for and support politicians and governments with neither compassion nor respect for human beings, this situation will continue. Sadly today we have a materialistic and consumerist culture that…

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Icac: the NSW Liberal party scalps claimed so far – full list of MPs

OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS IN STRIFE. Corruption is rife. Deceit is commonplace. Lies are so ubiquitous they become accepted as reality. The electorate has no say in what happens to it – it is told what will happen to it. Accountability is claimed as existing through the calling of elections each 3 years. In fact, once elected, each government does what it wants, even abandoning or doing a complete about…

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Labor has not backflipped on corporate tax cuts. Here are the facts …

Much has been made of Labor’s apparent ‘backflip’ on corporate tax cuts. But the party has held a fairly consistent position in opposition as evidence mounts that tax cuts may not be all they’re cracked up to be Source: Labor has not backflipped on corporate tax cuts. Here are the facts | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

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