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Wednesday 30th of September 2020 (UTC)

Gerry Georgatos

Australia’s homeless – 3rd highest rate OECD and street homeless deaths increasing

There are many faces to homelessness. A 51-year-old woman walked into my Perth office. She has lived thirteen consecutive years street-homeless. Not long ago, she spent eighteen months sleeping her nights in the same park. She is weary, harrowed by neglect. For the most part, she has not wanted to be seen but sadly because […]

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Malawi – international aid, more spent on the helping hand than the help

Often beleaguered by international aid work I have lifelong been involved in; the increasing unmet needs, the mongrel injustices, I have argued the horrendous lie of our generation is that poverty is being reduced around the world. There are countries devastatingly poor, such as Malawi with a population of 19 million. When I first came […]

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I sobbed for the first time – a little boy suicides

I worked extensively in suicide prevention and in improving the wellbeing of people living below the poverty line. I reflect on a funeral I attended, of a 19-year-old lost to suicide. Our time on this earth is a short stretch. Everything comes to pass. Some of what we vainly chase or let stress us are […]

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Dickensian Australia – homeless orphans and 10 year old children jailed

The story you are about to read is not an outlier, not just some incidental tale, but thematic of a significant sliver of children and youth failed by state institutions, by governments, by muddled-minded politicians, policymakers and bureaucrats. It is a story of eight orphaned siblings. Many will find their story unimaginable in today’s Australia, […]

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“Behave like Whites” or it’s the highway

For the majority of people, racism is difficult to understand. Our world is one of diverse cultures, – polycultural narratives – but when we come to bordered nations, culturally diverse regions are devastated to the threadbare by a rapacious inherent bent for assimilation. Firstly, polyculturalism is a concept distinct from the “melting pot” of multiculturalism, […]

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Public housing’s poorest Australians and the suicide toll

Public rental homes – ‘social housing’ – surprisingly to many only account for 4 percent of Australia’s 9 1/2 million households. There are only 400,000 public rental homes nationwide. Within these homes, after the homeless, live the poorest Australians. Only the lowest income Australians are eligible to rent social housing – but at 25 percent […]

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Suicide, Australia’s leading cause of unnatural deaths — not a national priority

We’re at the end of 2019’s first quarter and tragically the Australian suicide toll stands at 750 thus far. Suicide is the leading cause of unnatural deaths, yet suicide prevention is not a national priority. The Australian suicide toll is: more than two and a half times the national road toll; more than 30 times […]

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Ending jailing for unpaid fines – real change includes affordable fines

Ms Dhu lost her life on August 4, 2014 in a Western Australian police watch house. Ms Dhu must never be forgotten. On that fateful day I received distressing phone calls from her family. In listening to the family, I sunk with sadness in understanding that if West Australia had a Custody Notification Service that […]

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Helots and hoplites, serfs and classism, racism – Naming unaddressed -isms

We rail against homogeneity while beneath it all, the ambience and veils of the eclectic, we long for homogeneity, at least in the name and form of equality. Critical class and race theories abound but all remain manifestations. Windows into human narratives have justified the unjustifiable, legislating wrong-doing and muddying the human journey, polluting it […]

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Homeless families, babies, toddlers on Australian streets

There is more homelessness than is reported. Youth homelessness is on the increase. It’s complex in terms of the spectrum of issues; complex life circumstance dynamics that led to homelessness, including family violence and/or neglect of the needs of children, various socioeconomic disadvantage, the accumulation of conflict and isolation with the culminating anxiety perpetuating trauma. […]

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