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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A Great Day for Women & America

Congratulations to Hilary Clinton. It is good to see the distinct possibility of a woman taking the oath of office to become the President of the United States. Although I would prefer a president with a political philosophy more in line with that of Bernie Sanders, I am pleased to see the chance for this office to go to a woman, which in itself is history making. I am not…

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Hanson’s Rise A Double Insult For Australian Muslims – New Matilda

Those who have made a life in Australia are forced to watch atrocities against Muslims in their homelands, while simultaneously fending off the bigotry of the anti-Islam movement here, writes Sarah Ali. Australia faces a problem. The election has seen the return of Pauline Hanson, who used the fear surrounding international terrorism to oversimplify complexMore Source: Hanson’s Rise A Double Insult For Australian Muslims – New Matilda

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We have an Orwellian ‘shadow government’ and your liberty is at risk | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

Some outrageous police-friendly legislation has just wormed its way through New South Wales parliament, and the prospect of some heavy-handed policing is real Source: We have an Orwellian ‘shadow government’ and your liberty is at risk | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

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Open justice and the public’s right to know

In a democracy, it is important that justice is not only done but that it is seen to be done. Indeed, many of us would argue that this principle should apply whatever the political system of a society. Certainly, few open-minded, caring and fair-minded people would disagree that the justice system should be as transparent as possible. Unfortunately, in practice, achieving that goal is not as simple as it might,…

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Only 58% of First Australians registered to vote.

Yes, Paul, we should not only be asking why – in many respects that’s probably only too obvious – what we need to be doing is working to change this. As long as we have non-aboriginal population that is prepared to vote for and support politicians and governments with neither compassion nor respect for human beings, this situation will continue. Sadly today we have a materialistic and consumerist culture that…

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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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Northern Territory intervention ‘fails on human rights’ and closing the gap

A few years ago I attended training in a Joanna Briggs Institute course teaching the appropriate steps in conducting a Systematic Reviw, i.e. an identification, collection and analysis of all research studies dealing with particular question or topic and the production of a summary of the current evidence on that topic. The course was designed around giving practical skills so participants actually used the processes of designing a systematic review…

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Almost 600 major Australian corporations did not pay tax in 2013-14 financial year

Over the last 18 months or so the right wing LNP government of Australia has spent $80 million of taxpayer funds on a Royal Commission into Union Corruption. Headed by an ex High Court Justice who, it appears, had had lengthy ties with the LNP government, this Royal Commission, from its inception, appeared to have been created for nothing other than to vilify the ALP Opposition and produce results that…

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