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Tuesday 20th of February 2018 (UTC)

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The death of a child by suicide

The death of a child is always heartbreaking but when it is by suicide it is as devastating as it gets, with long term psychosocial effects. There is a whole different level of anguish and grief. However the majority of child suicides can be avoided. Each year, I support and am in contact with hundreds […]

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How I’d end absolute poverty and reduce relative poverty if I were Prime Minister

Australia is masking its true unemployment levels, hiding the real number of its jobless, fiddling with the numbers of homeless, cheating Australians on the extent and depth of poverty. Poverty, acute and relative, is extensive, but we are sold that this is an affluent nation. We are told that there are 740,000 jobless Australians when […]

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Categories Employment, General News
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Poverty, Sexual Abuse, Suicide – silence is not an option

Internalising grief is toxic, it is a silence that maims and kills. The silences around sexual abuse, violence, emotional and psychological abuse, the –isms – sexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, the silences aggressively slow down and can shut down trauma recovery, and for many who are screaming to be heard, the deaf ears not only […]

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The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced

There is more poverty on this earth today than ever before, with both absolute and relative poverty guaranteed to accelerate their increasing trend. The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced right around the world. In fact it is increasing but there are diabolical efforts to mask this. Abominable […]

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Categories General News, Human Rights
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It is now time for a royal commission into Australia’s world record high rate of child removals

Last week I reunited a 14 year old girl with her biological mother. She had been removed from her mother at 12 months of age. Children removed from their biological parents are among the most elevated risk groups to serious aberrant behaviour and to suicide. On the day of her reunification she called me to […]

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Whatever Christmas is about, it should be about much more – leave no-one behind

November has seen more people lost to suicide than in any other month this year. More than a quarter of the suicides are of persons born overseas, with a significant proportion relatively newly arrived. The grim reality is that the end of year and the beginning of the new year are an elevated risk period. […]

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Slavery in the 21st century

Slavery remains a tragedy with the United Nations and the Global Slavery Index arguing that at least 40 million people around the world are in some form of slavery. The Global Slavery Index reports that at least 4,000 people in Australia are enslaved. Recently, I agreed to host a community television five episodes, hour long […]

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Categories General News, Human Rights
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Trauma must not become your injurious oppressor

Our days on this earth are not many and what we do with our days matters, not only for us but for those around us and for those whom we leave behind. Trauma is a part of life, few are unscarred. However for far too many, trauma overwhelms them and subsumes their personality. Trauma becomes […]

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Categories General News, Health and Wellness
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We are being lied to about poverty — it’s grim

A TRAGIC INDICATOR of increasing poverty and unemployment is the suicide toll. Another indicator is an increasing prison population. Another indicator is the widening gap between the average worker and the top one per cent of earners. Another indicator is the many more hours people have to work to make ends meet. Another indicator is […]

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When are we Australians? – Xenophon, Australian born and bred

Racism is a beast that threatens those whom it stares down and it regularly mauls its prey. This beast remains at all times as a firmament in the institutions of this Australian nation. Racism has many veils and layers – institutional and structural – and copiously pollutes the overarching documents that define this nation. The […]

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