Blame the Victim: The Real Cause of Centrelink Crisis

This resonates so strongly with me that I can and do believe it is more than fair comment. My view is that those who think this is just an attack by a disgruntled ex-employee are wrong, and most probably fans of nasty LNP ideology. Paul Shelter clearly attempted to change the culture whilst remaining in-house. However, as is almost always the case, it is virtually impossible to change the mindset…

Read More >>

Sports role models: “just not cricket”

There are many wrongs that accompany the mounting of every Olympics, not least being the almost inevitable displacement of the homeless and those living in poverty and least able to resist or gain recompense of justice for their appalling treatment, which often includes dispossession from their homes and relocation miles away. Sport, itself, is clearly riddled with corruption. Governing body officials, venue organisers and managers, Team owners, managers and officials,…

Read More >>

Leonard Cohen: 10 of the best

Great songwriting, as does great poetry, feeds the spirit and informs and lifts. It gives one an insight into life’s vagueries, pain and hurt, as well as joy, tenderness, love and hate in a way that opens new understanding into what are universalities. There are some few great artist that have achieved and are able to deliver a mixture of words, vocal treatment, phrasing, music that is so precisely balanced…

Read More >>

Northern Territory abuse reflects OUR ‘blame’ culture.

BLAME! Sadly, in Australia today we have a culture of blame. When things go wrong, usually the first response is to start pointing fingers. We have to have a culprit. Not only that but, far too often, we then seek revenge. That revenge can take many forms. It may mean public shaming, imprisonment, excessive claims for “compensation”, calls for harsher penalties or longer sentences. Whatever its nature it reflects the…

Read More >>

Backing for Indigenous treaty grows as constitutional recognition loses support

The First Australians are ENTITLED to a Treaty. Constitutional recognition will end up as, at best, a symbolic move and, in all probability, will actually diminish the status of the First Australians and weaken or negate their legitimate claim that they are the rightful owners of this land. So, the people who “owned” it ALL [and I recognise that such was not the same concept as the ownership that non-aboriginal…

Read More >>

Steve Price has Forfeited the Right to a Public Forum

In its early days, I was a regular viewer of The Project. Charlie Pickering was an astute host with an incisive and satirical wit, exercised often in such a way as to be completely missed by his target. Carrie Bickmore was an excellent foil for Charlie, bringing an intelligent naivety to the panel. The throw-away lines and quips of Dave Hughes provided both humour and light relief to diffuse awkward…

Read More >>

Body image and women’s sport.

We know that exercise is good for us. We know that sport can be uplifting, social, and confidence building. Why is it, then that still, in 2016, so many girls and women (and not a few men) are put off participating in sport because of poor self-image caused by debilitating stereotypes? Stand in a busy street or shopping mall for an hour and look at the people around you. It…

Read More >>

Open justice and the public’s right to know

In a democracy, it is important that justice is not only done but that it is seen to be done. Indeed, many of us would argue that this principle should apply whatever the political system of a society. Certainly, few open-minded, caring and fair-minded people would disagree that the justice system should be as transparent as possible. Unfortunately, in practice, achieving that goal is not as simple as it might,…

Read More >>