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Saturday 25th of March 2017 (UTC)

March 2017

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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Australians must hit the streets in a civil rights movement to end the mass incarceration

The mass incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be a civil rights issue, one of the pressing issues of our generation. The descendants of the First Peoples of this continent number a little over 700,000 but at least 80,000 have been to prison and more than likely more than 100,000. Nationally, one in […]

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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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The suicide toll can be reduced by us coming together, the world over

I have been asked to visit Brazil and journey to the corrals of human misery where peoples such as the Guarani languish. They are suiciding at among the world’s highest rates. During the last few years I have published hundreds of articles on the suicide crises and on the ways forward. It was more important […]

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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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Ms Dhu and Mulrunji – little learned since John Pat

Miss Dhu’s death was confirmed at the Hedland Health Campus on August 4, 2014. A decade earlier, Mulrunji Doomadgee finished up dead on the concrete floor of the Palm Island police watch house, November 19, 2004. The paperwork in these cases piles, the public attention continues but without fail we remain shy of justice and […]

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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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