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Monday 20th of November 2017 (UTC)

January 2016

Beagle Bay, Mary O’Reeri, the Baton of Life and “You do listen”

I have travelled to a great many homelands and communities throughout this continent. In the fog of my memories the deep cut through the mist is the connectedness, the meeting of people. One community I have had much to do with but had not been to until only recently is Beagle Bay. It is a beautiful sub-tropical […]

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Australia Day Fireworks stored on Registered Aboriginal Site without consultation

Invasion Day protests speak of the sadness felt by Aboriginal people when Australians celebrate the date that the British laid claim to their land. For them this date also marks the beginning of Australia’s policies and practices of genocide against First Nations’ people. The Invasion Day protests confront the issue of ongoing disadvantage and oppression […]

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Australia Day or Invasion Day

Some weeks ago there was an article in The West Australian newspaper written by Dr Ameer Ali. The essence of the article was a suggestion from him that Mosques in Western Australia fly the Australian flag for Australia Day. This is a part of that article and it can be accessed in its entirety here: […]

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The Buck Stops With Us

Do you remember the time your mother said to you, ‘I feel so much grief and anger that I had you instead of the child I really wanted’? No, neither do I. You can’t talk about love and grief in the same mouthful and expect your child to buy it. What, you’d never say it […]

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Categories Human Rights
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When official reports obscure as well as explain: An analysis of the report on Cockburn Sound mass fish deaths

 The Department of Fisheries has released the report of its investigation into the massive fish die-off that occurred in Cockburn Sound in late November and early December 2015. Over 2000 fish and 15 species died. An earlier piece I wrote on the environmental crisis is here and here. However, like many official reports, the Fisheries […]

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Bastardry in Australian migration – particularly in relation to disability

“Disability is often framed, in medical terms, as the ultimate disaster and certainly as a deficit.” – Stella Young. I have written often of the sheer bastardry of the rules and regulations pertaining to migration into Australia and particularly in the disability sector. Many cases have been highlighted which demonstrate the hypocrisy we practice in […]

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Derision over multi-faith prayer rooms in sporting facilities

We feel His presence wherever we go, in whatever we do…because God is everywhere. Those of you who live here in Western Australia or who access The West Australian Newspaper online would have seen this story, (here) which ran last week. Unfortunately, I was away in Melbourne and Geelong and was unable to read the […]

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Indigenous Suicide – White Comfort Politics and Survivorship

A few weeks ago I shared that I live with depression and anxiety. There have been periods in my life, several periods, where I would’ve been clinically diagnosed as suicidal; wanting to end my life. I’ve never ‘attempted’. At my most depressive times I’ve just wanted to lay down and go to sleep with the […]

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Fremantle Council’s shambolic treatment of the homeless must end

Fremantle has long been enamoured by its reputation as a ‘progressive’ precinct but its Council’s shambolic treatment of the homeless puts an end to any presumption of the Council and the people of Fremantle who elected it as ‘progressive’. Reputations should be built on deeds and not words alone. On both the counts of deeds […]

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Surveillance and Surveys in Kabul

In Kabul, where the Afghan Peace Volunteers have hosted me in their community, the U.S. military maintains a huge blimp equipped with cameras and computers to supply 24 hour surveillance of the city. Remotely piloted drones, operated by Air Force and Air National Guard personnel in U.S. bases, also fly over Afghanistan, feeding U.S. military […]

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