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November 2015

Cutting ‘red tape’ and the rise in workplace fatalities

Last week here in Perth, three young men went to work but did not come home. Benjamin White, Joe McDermott and Gerry Bradley all died at their place of work.  Joe McDermott and Gerry Bradley were crushed to death by a concrete panel that fell off the back of a truck at a building site […]

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Only in Western Australia – the jailing of the poorest, fine defaulters

Australia is shamed by a horrific narrative on the disparity marginalised to the descendants of the continent’s First Peoples and it is ugliest in Western Australia. To the west of the continent, First Nations descendants are hit harder than anywhere else in the nation; the more west we journey across the continent the worse the hits and statistical narrative on Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

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An Open Letter to Destroy the Joint – We’re Waiting

Dear Destroy the Joint, Last week, you told us that you apologised for excluding us from your page and from the ongoing conversation about violence against women. This is what you said; Dear Destroyers, Let us begin with a belated and unreserved apology about the way we have handled the comment moderation in this instance. […]

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Forgiveness, redemption, ways forward instead of imprisonment and reoffending

There is nothing as profoundly powerful as forgiveness. The forgiving of others validates self-worth, builds bridges and positive futures. Forgiveness cultivated and understood keeps families and society solid as opposed to the corrosive anger that diminishes people into the darkest places, into effectively being mentally unwell. Anger is a warning sign to becoming unwell. Love […]

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Life Goes On Under the Helicopters and the Terrible Cost of Avoiding the Dangers of Kabul

When I arrived at the Kabul International Airport on November 4, I was unaware that on the same day the New York Times published an article, “Life Pulls Back in Afghan Capital, as Danger Rises and Troops Recede.” My friends Abdulhai and Ali, 17 years old, young men I have known since my first visit five […]

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White Flower Memorial speech – Craig Wallace

My friend and colleague Craig Wallace delivered this speech this week at the White Flower memorial. That memorial in Sydney was significantly organised by powerful disability activists Samantha Connor and Suzy Keene with assistance from some others. I commend Craig’s speech to all who weren’t aware of the level of death and violence perpetrated to people with disability. Thank you to all […]

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Categories Human Rights
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The photographic exploitation of victims of economic depression

“I wish she (Lange) hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.” Florence Thompson How could it be that someone could take a photograph of someone else, which photograph […]

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War and Love Letters from Dr Adele Kubein to the Afghan Peace Volunteers

Dr Adele Kubein works at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA and in the letters below over the past three years, she becomes vulnerable with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, expressing her love with tears. From the Afghan Peace Volunteers, “Thank you, Dr Adele!” Letter on 11th October, 2012 I hope others are listening. […]

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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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Who or what killed Ms Dhu?

I have attended nearly three of the four days thus far of the coronial inquest into the police watch house death of 22-year-old Ms Dhu. I walked away today somewhat disenchanted at the prospect of substantive systemic changes. Yes, hopefully the long awaited end to the jailing of fine defaulters will come and we will also […]

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