A Glimpse of Israeli – Palestine Reality

If you are a caring and compassionate person, please help the Palestinian resistance to Israeli brutality.   The military incursions and assaults of the IDF are not about defending Israel from any attack. They are attacks by military personnel on unarmed civilians, including women and children.   Not only that, but Israel stands on occupied territory and territory that originally belonged to the Palestinians and was taken from them after…

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Australia’s Shame

Although Papua New Guineans are seen to be taking this action there should be no mistake that this is the result of the Australian Government’s hard line on refugees and immigrants who arrived by boat seeking save haven. Instead they have been incarcerated for years. Australia is culpable and its actions regarding those arriving by sea are inexcusable and horrific. A shame on the nation.

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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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Do men only want to get into your pants?

I know that many will react to this in a very negative way but I’d ask that they give it some thought. That men “just want to get in your pants” or “only think about one thing” are as much stereotypes as that “women are illogical” or “women can’t play rugby”. For many obvious and often extremely valid reasons, the last few decades have been dominated in gender conversations by…

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The Right to Die.

If we have a right to live, we have a right to die. Voluntary euthanasia should be available to all, at any time, and at any age after majority. The legality that allows psychiatrists to involuntarily commit those that they feel have potential suicidal intention should be removed. Where someone displays a potential intention to harm others. – fine, I have no problem with some temporary detention for investigation and…

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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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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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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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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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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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