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Sunday 17th of October 2021 (UTC)

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Australia’s discrimination of no Medicare to its incarcerated is obscene

Australia’s governments must end health discrimination in its prisons. An incarcerated child must not be a second-class citizen. Nor any adult. We must ask, why are our governments dishing the vulnerable jailed, second-class healthcare? When evaluating the nation’s carceral system, we are unable to make it to the second level of Maslow’s pyramid before encountering a deprivation […]

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Don’t trash talk the homeless – a home saves lives

I have dedicated decades to the most vulnerable, so I write as if I speak from the streets. A cry from the alleyways, verge squats and lonely parks. The scale of homelessness, in all its forms, proportionally, is worst in Western Australia, where otherwise the privileged enjoy life in our nation’s wealthiest jurisdiction. Most recently, […]

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KRAKOUER and GEORGATOS: Billions of dollars spent to remove more children

Megan Krakouer and Gerry Georgatos work extensively in the suicide prevention space. Here they share their experiences supporting children on the run from child protection, reuniting families and discuss the catastrophe of Australia’s world record high rate of child removals. “I think of eight young children, now orphans, who found their dad after his suicide […]

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KRAKOUER and GEORGATOS: The voice of suicide, “I can’t take it anymore…”

By Gerry Georgatos & Megan Krakouer  “I remember a father who found his son hours after his suicide. The father lay his son down and cradled his body through the night until responders arrived in the morning,” Gerry Georgatos “I can never forget the journey of a single parent mother of six young children, who […]

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Antartic expedition doctor & bushfire sky

By Dr Joseph Ting – On returning to Brisbane as Antarctic Expedition doctor 12 months ago, I sought the infusion of fertile green to clear the anaemic ice-white mind fog incited by my lengthy immersion “On the Ice.”    I lay spread–eagled to try match my overheated form to the sparse shade conferred by the desiccated crown of my favourite curtain-fig […]

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By Delphene Fraser – A fortnight ago, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced there is to be a restructure of government departments and consolidation of portfolios to operate under a minimum government. The announcement should not have been a surprise, as it was an election promise of the Morrison government to reduce public service numbers. […]

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No time to ponder, argue or to judge – time for suicide prevention

Gerry Georgatos – By year’s end, harrowingly, Australia will record the highest ever suicide toll, in excess of 3,200 Australian lives lost. Suicide prevention is a fledgling discourse, half a century old, and changing continuously, however despite the encumbrances with the formative discourse there is much that is well understood but which is not systemically […]

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An end to things

Gerry Georgatos – Australia is struggling in understanding suicidality, and the discourse remains not only effectively rudimentary, but it is also both polluted by carpetbaggers and narcissists, and furthermore corrupted by a seeming immutable lack of political will, hence frantic reductivity and minimalism, with the price lives lost and many more ruined. Australia argues itself […]

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100 dead by suicide

Gerry Georgatos – More suicides so far this year, than this time last year while the Commonwealth & COAG talk but do little. As of the first day of August, I estimate that 1700 Australians have been lost to suicide, more than this time last year. But what I indisputably do know that as of […]

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18 percent of world’s pokies in Australia

Gerry Georgatos – Australia has nearly one-fifth of the world’s poker machines, 60 times the rate of the rest of the world. More than three-quarters of Australia’s 200,000 poker machines are in non-gaming venues; in recreation centres, clubs and pubs. Eighteen percent of the world’s poker machines pollute Australia, making poorer people of relatively little […]

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