Famine and Fortitude – WE need to help.

The UNICEF post to which I’ve linked below shows both the terrible consequences that can be wrought on life by the vagaries of nature and, at the same time, highlights the fortitude, strength and courage that can be displayed by the victims of disaster. The apparently innate ability of human beings to strive for survival, no matter what the odds, is strikingly apparent, not least in the pleasure of children…

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We are human.  How humanitarian are we?

Most of us are aware of the unprecedented levels of human conflict and suffering that exist in today’s world. We are also aware of the severe inequities in living standards, health, education, housing, access to water, sewerage and the like. We have seen, though not really acknowledged, the obscenity of 53 men and 9 women owning as much wealth as half of the World’s population, i.e 3.6 Billion people. Yes,…

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“Kill Bill” – Save our small farmers from mining abuse.

A Bill to give land-holders the right to refuse to allow mining exploration or activity on their land is currently before federal parliament and open for public consultation. Unfortunately, the opportunity for public response ends tomorrow, Friday 29 May. Below is my response to this Bill. You, too, can support this Bill by making a submission. You can do so at:  Submission form Agriculture is essential to our nation’s welfare….

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Why did the world ignore Boko Haram’s Baga attacks?

It is difficult to reconcile the variance in levels of response, grief and outrage at loss of life in the world, with the causes and extent of that loss. There certainly seems to be no sense of correspondence between the nature of the reasons for death and the numbers killed with the level, length and intensity of the responses to it. The $$$billions of dollars massive military response by the…

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More Abbott Connivance – GST Rise Back on Agenda

It is quite clear that Abbott is attempting to shift the burden of many services, particularly those which are difficult to provide and administer well, back onto the States. This latest move, to increase the GST will inevitably result in even greater imposts on ordinary Australians, i.e those with almost no disposable income – those that have no or few choices. This government of Tony Abbott is the worst in…

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Abbott Government’s Foreign Aid Cuts – Shame All Australians

“Aussies are generous people as far as private donations go, but when it comes to foreign aid we’ve become far less giving. We’d prefer to pour cash into roads than developing countries,” writes Mike Steketee. Of course it not “Australians” that have become “far less giving’ but rather those Australians who support the ideology of the parsimonious, xenophobic and irrational LNP government of Tony Abbott. The current LNP government and…

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