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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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The poetry of Ahmed Fouad Negm (1929-2013)

If the sun drowns in a sea of clouds And extends a wave of darkness onto the world And vision dies in the eyes of the vigilant And the road is lost in lines and circles O shrewd traveler in straight lines and in circles, You have no guide but the eyes of speech  Ahmed […]

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Transfield, Father Rod Bower and the “what would Jesus do” test

Last week I wrote this piece about attempts by Transfield Chair Dianne Gander-Smith to silence Anglican Priest Rod Bowers whose tweets and signs outside his church in Gosford (about Transfield’s alleged culpability and involvement in the abuse and mistreatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru) had angered and upset the Transfield Chair. The Transfield Chairperson sought […]

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Two tumultous years but little real progress for adult victims of child sexual abuse

“Victims and their families have been fighting for recognition and justice for decades and great victories were achieved when the Victorian Inquiry and the Royal Commission were established. But ‘for what’ they say.” Judy Courtin The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is after 2 years, at its halfway mark. The Commission […]

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How plundering of our oceans is destroying fish stocks

“Under the euphemism of fishing, in pursuit of seafood, we are exterminating animals from the oceans: wiping out the larger predators, altering food webs and destroying habitats at a staggering rate and on a confounding scale, in an epic slaughter of life beneath the waves. The truth taints the palate. Starting in the fresh waters, […]

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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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Peter Tatchell on why he supports Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the British Labor Party

I have been following the remarkable ascension of Jeremy Corbyn and his bid to be the next leader of the British Labor Party. So I was interested to read this piece in Open Democracy by Peter Tatchell, the highly respected UK based Australian born campaigner. Peter Tatchell is a legendary and highly respected figure on the left for […]

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James Paul: The roots of the European refugee crisis lie with western intervention

“The aggressive nationalist beast in the heart of the political class of Europe and the United States is ready to engage in more military adventures. These leaders are not ready to learn the lesson, or to beware the ‘blowback’ from future interventions. This is why we need to look closely at the ‘regime change’ angle, […]

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Carol Tarlen and poetry that speaks of the struggle and humiliation of precarious existence

“Small Deaths” by Carol Tarlen I tear my hair like the mad queen of hearts. “What? you used a whole cube of butter to fry one eggs?” Leah’s eyes drop; I refuse to see the lashes cast shadow on her cheeks, too busy thinking, I must wipe dust from under the coffee table, and I’m […]

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Anna Akhmatova: If All Who have Begged Help

“If all who have begged help From me in this world, All the holy innocents, Broken wives and cripples, The imprisoned, the suicidal- If they had sent me one kopek I should have become ‘richer Than all Egypt….’ But they did not send me kopeks Instead they shared with me their strength, and so nothing […]

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