Australian Ethical Erosion

An excellent and yet damning piece regarding what I see as virtually the complete erosion of Australian government ethical and morally defensible actions.  Whilst, sadly, this erosion is demonstrated across all areas of our government, it has rarely if ever sunk as low as in relation to refugees and asylum-seekers travelling in rickey boats to seek safe haven and a chance at a better life in a supposedly safe, caring…

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Australia’s Shame

Although Papua New Guineans are seen to be taking this action there should be no mistake that this is the result of the Australian Government’s hard line on refugees and immigrants who arrived by boat seeking save haven. Instead they have been incarcerated for years. Australia is culpable and its actions regarding those arriving by sea are inexcusable and horrific. A shame on the nation.

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Grief – Coping with loss, death and dying

Loss in life is often a precursor of grief. It happens at some time to most of us. Don’t be stubborn and attempt to cope on your own. You don’t have to do so and you will ease your burden if you choose to share it. However only you can choose to make that decision. Of course, relatives, friends and neighbours can be a valuable source of support but sometimes…

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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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Do men only want to get into your pants?

I know that many will react to this in a very negative way but I’d ask that they give it some thought. That men “just want to get in your pants” or “only think about one thing” are as much stereotypes as that “women are illogical” or “women can’t play rugby”. For many obvious and often extremely valid reasons, the last few decades have been dominated in gender conversations by…

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The Right to Die.

If we have a right to live, we have a right to die. Voluntary euthanasia should be available to all, at any time, and at any age after majority. The legality that allows psychiatrists to involuntarily commit those that they feel have potential suicidal intention should be removed. Where someone displays a potential intention to harm others. – fine, I have no problem with some temporary detention for investigation and…

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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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Same sex ‘marriage’ misses the point.

First, let me make it clear that I have no issues with what is a natural occurrence, i.e. that there may be duality of gender but there is certainly a plurality of sexualities. I will not, therefore, single out one or more of those sexualities as I will not, therefore, consider it logical or valid to single out one or more of those sexualities as being in some way “inappropriate”…

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Thinking Our Way Forward

We need this sort of thinking in our political parties.  Mostly, at present, our representatives [not] are self-serving and/or manipulees of others, of poor intellect, devoid of ethical or other than fake moral character, often even corrupt, rarely rational, ignorant or dismissive of even the most significant evidence, lacking in compassion, and totally acculturated to a materialistic and capitalist, top-down society.  There are, of course, a few exceptions but they…

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