FAKE NEWS

Oh, how our politicians must love the new media laws and the control of our mainstream media by a couple of financial giants set to increase further. Already we have seen the drastic effects that poor or controlled journalism can achieve.  One only has to consider the election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit or the return of the Abbott/Turnbull two-headed coin government. It’s ironic that Trump seems to…

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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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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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