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Friday 29th of July 2016 (UTC)

Gerry Georgatos

Image - www.chinadaily.com.cnThe narrative of victimhood is real

There is much contention as to whether the Australian context is home to narratives of victimhood. Many social commentators, borne of privilege, argue that the narrative of victimhood is inauthentic and that it is the product of political campaigns from the ‘left’. Many argue that narratives of victimhood cannot be possible within the Australian experience – […]

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The suicide prevention space is immature and inauthentic

The suicide prevention space is still raw and immature. There is a lot of work to be achieved in understanding the extensiveness of the space and its multifactorial issues. There is quite a bit of ground to travel in order to unveil the various ways forward. It’s a space vulnerable to exploiters, carpetbaggers and snake […]

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‘Affordable’ housing arguments will never address chronic and acute homelessness

Political parties are rattling on about reducing, halving and even ending homelessness through ‘affordable’ housing. ‘Affordable’ housing can certainly make it possible for more Australians to acquire a mortgage but cannot help those Australians who live in absolute poverty. There are two types of poverty – relative and absolute poverty. Relative poverty is a measure […]

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3rd annual National Indigenous Human Rights Awards - MC Natalie Ahmat, award winners, Dameyon Bonson, Mervyn Eades and Lex WottonShaoquett and Mohammed Moselmane – from Libya to Mongolia

NSW’s first Muslim parliamentarian arrived in Australia as a seven year old child from Lebanon. Shaoquett Moselmane went on to graduate as a lawyer, finished up as a long serving local government councillor, a mayor and is currently a parliamentarian in NSW’s upper house, in his second term. While family building, with his Japanese wife, […]

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1040620331Migrant suicides – invisible

As a young child I remember the absorption of sadness by Sydney’s Greek community of the suicide by a newly arrived young male Greek. Years later I would read some of his letters to the homeland, yearning to return someday after he made his quid in a country he believed found it hard to accept […]

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Highest risk groups to suicide

In recent years Australians have been learning that suicide is a leading cause of death and they have been discovering the hidden toll of suicide and of its impacts on those left behind. However what have we learned of the ways forward in suicide prevention and in improving the levels of emotional and mental health […]

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Suicide prevention researcher Gerry GeorgatosMigrant suicides – “before it’s too late”

For a time it was argued that the Australian suicide toll was decreasing but this argument is at an end. In recent years tragically the suicide toll has significantly increased. In 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported nearly 300 more suicides than in the preceding year – a significant increase of around 10 […]

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Image - www.creativespirits.infoAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy has not improved to a 10.6 years gap – still dying more than 20 years less

The life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population remains two decades wide. Despite the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reporting that the life expectancy gap has been reduced to 10.6 years, it is in fact still more than 20 years less that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

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I don’t hate White people – I hate racism

In Australia – and throughout much of the western world – racism is bound in a cast of aspersions that it is borne of Whiteness despite that racism has nothing to do with Whiteness. Racism is borne of exploitation, of the oppressor and the oppressed dichotomy and its dynamical structures. The rest – the cruelty, […]

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‘Oppression’ is the critical cognitive factor in the majority of the suicides

In societies where the people are exposed to relentless oppression, suicide is a normal response – the ultimate form of resistance to the prolonged violence of oppression. It is not the individual who takes her or his life who is responsible for this culmination but the act of relentless oppression that is responsible. The impacts […]

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