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Saturday 25th of March 2017 (UTC)

Human Rights – Page 2

On the Bus

It is so frustrating. Destroy the Joint are counting dead women, mostly women who are killed by men. Destroy the Narrative are counting dead men, only those who have been killed by women. For both those groups, they are counting the people who have been killed ‘this year’. But for many people with disability, nobody […]

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#Enough! We can respond to the tears of Kunduz refugee, Abdul Fatah

Now – Kabul, Afghanistan We live in a World at War, and as fellow human beings, what can we do for refugees like 45-year-old Abdul Fatah, who has been crying lately, who doesn’t have a home in his own home? World at War is the title of a report UNHCR released in June 2015, in […]

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Who said poetry serves no useful purpose? Samantha Connor’s poem of complaint

Samantha Connor’s poem of complaint has had the desired effect, yielding a refund and a response from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and a promise to address the problem. Earlier in the week I wrote this piece (and published here about Samantha’s  response to her attempt to book a ticket for a Stephen Fry gig at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, only […]

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A complaint about disability discrimation written as a poem

My colleague and friend Samantha Connor is a renowned and fearsome Western Australian disability activist, advocate, writer and campaigner. Samantha is one of the most committed and innovative campaigners and activists I know. You can read about Samantha here and here.  Her writings on disability issues on The Stringer are here. This week Samantha tried to book […]

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They Built A Wooden Coffin

She locked him in a cage, in the corner, because he wouldn’t do what she wanted him to do. He tied her to the bed so that she wouldn’t leave the room. Every night, for two years. They built a wooden coffin, with a padlock, and soundproofed it with egg cartons so they wouldn’t hear […]

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Fear not persecution, be fearless in what matters in our days on this earth

Telling the truth said Paolo Coelho is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. Only from an informed context can there be a legitimate political reality engaging with the ways forward in the name of the common good. Our days on this earth are however many they will be and in those days […]

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“States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear”.

There are many things that the United Nations does that cause me to shake my head in disbelief. I have to say that their latest feat leaves me completely nonplussed. “States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear”. – Raif Badawi (about Saudi Arabia) To set the […]

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The ‘meddling’ priest who upsets corporate Australia

“What inspires me and us, as a faith community of course, is the life and teachings of Jesus. So we stand for what He stood for, what we believe He stood for, which was justice and equality, compassion and a society that looks after the edges, that doesn’t just look after the powerful and the […]

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There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routine…Frank Herbert

At what point will the Immigration department address the issues raised last night by the Four Corners Programme? The issue that has been raised relates to Immigration fraud and the story can be read here: There are so many of these instances arising all the time and it beggars belief that the Immigration department is […]

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Homelessness – one in four of Australia’s homeless are children

One in four of Australia’s homeless are children – and abominably one in six of Australia’s homeless are children aged 12 years of age and less. It should be an unimaginable scenario, but the face of Australia’s homeless is that of children. How is this possible in one of the world’s most affluent nations? How […]

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