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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Garma: In 2017, the struggle for Indigenous Australians

A commentator who tells it straight and fairly. Stan Grant is one of the rarest of commentators and broadcasters in that he tells it as it is and without malice, favouritism, ideological bias or innuendo. If you want to understand the current situation, history, and issues relating to the First Australians, look out for commentary by Stan Grant. You will rarely, if ever, find another who surpasses his intelligent, accurate…

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Nearly 100 million girls … Menstrual Hygiene

The 28th of May is marked as Menstrual Hygiene Day.  Its aim is to draw attention to the lack of appropriate menstrual hygiene facilities for girls and women in many countries around the World. One consequence of failure to provide such facilities is that it is a major contributor to the fact that almost 100 million girls do not attend high school, Menstrual hygiene is NOT just an issue for…

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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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Rape – Why do men sexually assault women?

This  The actions behind the Dutch backpacker’s brave escape are sadly familiar  is an unfortunate article for at least two reasons: firstly that the reality of rape and attempted rape gave cause for it to be written at all, and secondly because its extensive generalisation tends to reinforce the notion of females as victims and males as grossly deviant and prone to sexual assault of women, often accompanied by aggression…

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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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The World’s top criminals, psychopaths and megalomaniacs of 2016

I can’t say it any better than has Sarah Gill.  This piece should ignite the ire of every caring, compassionate, clear-thinking, knowledgeable and intelligent This piece should ignite the ire of every caring, compassionate, clear-thinking, knowledgeable and intelligent person on this planet. Over the last day or two, I’ve been reading woeful commentary and postings which express deep concern for Queen Elizabeth II having a cold. The concern is that,…

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Women: We need more to run for office.

We need PEOPLE in public office. Men have predominated in most of these roles. Some have been empathetic, compassionate, intelligent, and genuinely sought to improve the lot of all. Far more have been narcissistic, prejudiced, ideologically static, and about self-interest, Of the women who *have* achieved rolls of status and power, we have had a similar mix. We have seen the bad in such as Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir and…

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Socially Manufactured Hate

Small minded, insular and ignorant people will probably always exist. Certainly, their numbers will not decrease unless and until we are led by honest, caring and selfless leaders who model integrity and explain the opportunity offered by differences in cultural traits and mores. We also need to recognise that schooling is *not* education and that the “3 r’s”, whilst providing a functional basis for life, do little to instil a…

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