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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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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A Plea for Compassion

The refugees on Manus have written a letter to some of the leaders of the free world (I have corrected a few spelling mistakes): To the Honourable: President Donald Trump, Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau and also humanitarian people of those countries We, refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island detention, are writing to you to explain our terrible condition and also our request. The condition in here…

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Is Coal Cheaper Than Renewables as an Energy Source?

So much of what we read and are told about complex issues are affected by the widely varying views of a range of stake-holders.  As is usual, those with much power and money have more opportunity to disseminate the message that they wish to promote.  Sadly, that rarely aligns with the interests of the general public, unless by coincidence.  Worse still, such viewpoints rarely take a broad contextual view of…

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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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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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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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