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Desperation the lot for refugees

  For the majority of refugees there have never been more difficult times. Indeed diabolically dire times. Refugee camps with huddles of hundreds of thousands. Detention facilities with thousands trapped. Crowded shanty-camps in city outskirts of countries refugees have fled to. Many of these nations have slated into their histories the taking in of refugees, […]

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The pursuit of happiness

All of a sudden, much is being written on the ‘pursuit of happiness’, of 6 hour working days, of three and four days of work each week instead of the constancy of indenture and the trauma of wage slavery. Years ago, when I was the general manager of the Murdoch University Student Guild I went […]

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The numbers count because the numbers are people

Labor is now the government in Western Australia after an excruciating 8 years under one of the state’s most backwater governments at least in terms of impacts on the marginalised and most vulnerable. The poorest of the poor were neglected, stigmatised and many jailed. Labor is now government in five of Australia’s seven states and […]

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Queensland rejects Custody Notification Service, WA promises to implement & SA is implementing the CNS

Does human life matter? To what degree should we help to prevent a suicide? How much effort should we put in to improve the lot of someone else? The Queensland Labor Government has rejected the establishing of the Custody Notification Service. This service has saved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives in NSW, for 17 […]

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Greece per se is not corrupt despite perpetual crises

Greece did not make the crises it finds itself within; the crises were borne of paradigms outside Greece’s mythical sovereign borders. That the crises, the widespread impoverishment and its pernicious impacts could be forecast long before the crises hit is another story, but one that political forces could not stop. The power imbalances are structural […]

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Transform Australia’s prisons

The more west we journey across the nation the higher the arrest rates, the higher the jailing rates. In the last two decades Australia’s prison population has doubled. The national prison population is nearly 40,000. More than 85 per cent of inmates have not completed a Year 12 education, more than 60 per cent have […]

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The nation should weep – suicide an escalating crisis – happiness & the dawn of new meanings the ways forward

In the last few years I have written more than 300 articles on the suicides crises and on suicide prevention. There is not an article that I began writing without having been notified of a suicide. The suicide crisis is harrowing, with 6,000 suicides of Australians in the last two years alone. Suicide takes twice […]

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On March 11, Western Australians have the opportunity to vote out the nation’s most backward government – and save lives

On March 11, West Australians will vote in the state government elections. Western Australia enjoys the nation’s highest median wage, one of the world’s highest but the poorest, the most vulnerable, the incarcerated have it harder than anywhere else in the nation. One in 13 of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adult males are in […]

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Reducing incarceration by transforming lives – schools in prison

We should be doing everything possible to ensure people come out of the prison experience in a better state than when they went in. It is my experience that in general people come out of prison in a worse state than when they went in. We should be doing everything we can to ensure that […]

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Of all the royal commissions needed the one we need the most is the one on the suicides crises

There is not an article that I write on trauma or suicide prevention which has gone by without my just being informed of a suicide. I have written hundreds of articles on trauma, suicides and suicide prevention. Last year in an article I wrote for The Guardian, published on World Suicide Prevention Day, I opened […]

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