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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27 Things To Give A S**t About In 2017

APATHY is tacit consent.  We need to CARE & ACT, not just for ourselves but for others.  In fact, to put others first is the way to ethical and moral behaviour and to build yourself. There are many people who stand up and speak out.  Often they are derided as “patsy’s” or “bunnies” – stupid for sticking their heads above the parapet.  They are effectively derided for taking action against…

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Social security for the disadvantaged now left to robots.

LNP Class warfare.  50 top earning Australian companies pay no tax.  Disadvantaged are deemed guilty until and unless they can prove innocence. This is the pernicious treatment that misguided voters and the privileged endorsed when re-electing the Abbott/Turnbull government. This will always be the case as long as neo-liberal economics – already proved a failure – continues to provide the base assumptions for our economic system. If profit is put…

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Movement Against Police Violence Condemns Violence Against Police

America has a violent history, a racist history, and a gun culture. All of these factors contribute to the current unhealthy climate of prejudice, hatred, discrimination and mindless violence. The police have many dedicated officers who are sincere in their belief that they are an asset to the community and that enforcing the law is a positive, even essential asset for a civilised society. The black community and the poor…

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Why America needs Bernie Sanders to be its anti-poverty spokesman

No reasonable person could be anything other than mystified at the unfolding of the US Presidential electoral process and what it has produced this year. On the right-wing, we have a rich, bigoted, buffoon of mediocre intellect and dangerously discriminatory and pseudo nationalistic sentiments. This is a man who, under no circumstances, should ever be allowed to head a nation, let alone one of the most powerful in the World….

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I’m an American living in Sweden. Here’s why I came to embrace the higher taxes. – Vox

So there are countries that take a “collective” (no pun intended) approach to the use of taxation dollars and that are able to devise an equitable and effective system with minimum inefficiencies and headaches for tax-payers. I’ve often wondered what it is about the Scandinavian part of the World. What is it about the people that they so often seem to be more together and progressive than elsewhere? It particularly…

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Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

What is sanity? What is mentally well? One of the confounding aspects of the label “mentally ill” and the stigma attached to it is that we can’t, with any certainty, answer these questions. The reality is that we are speaking of difference, and much of humanity fears difference. The result is that we deride it, isolate it and, paradoxically, give a group label to those who exhibit it, as “crazy”…

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