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September 2015

Fear not persecution, be fearless in what matters in our days on this earth

Telling the truth said Paolo Coelho is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. Only from an informed context can there be a legitimate political reality engaging with the ways forward in the name of the common good. Our days on this earth are however many they will be and in those days […]

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Categories Human Rights
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“Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate”. Aberjhani – The River of winged dreams

I think it is fair to say that in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull we have a progressive and forward thinking person in all the areas that his predecessor was not. Advocates in the areas of refugee policy, republican positions, Aboriginal relations, marriage equality and other areas are waiting to see where this man will take […]

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Categories Politics
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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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Categories Arts & Letters
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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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“States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear”.

There are many things that the United Nations does that cause me to shake my head in disbelief. I have to say that their latest feat leaves me completely nonplussed. “States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear”. – Raif Badawi (about Saudi Arabia) To set the […]

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The makeup of Australia’s parliaments is racist

The presumption that Australia’s modernist racist past is being whittled away has long been a fallacy and every once and a while shows its hand. The modern Australian nation arrived on the back of invasion, apartheid, genocidal policies – justified by the worst forms of racisms. The invaders continued on as oppressors and wrapped racist […]

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Predators, Near and Far

#Enough! Fatima needs food and proper medical care, not war! Kabul—Some days ago, at the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Borderfree Center, I met Jamila, the mother of a little girl, Fatima, who comes to the Street Kids School, a program designed to help children working on the streets go to school.  Jamila, a young mother of […]

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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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Categories Environment
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1 in 6 jail rate and 1 in 3 suicide rate are tools of the oppressor – institutionalised racism

Globally, the impacts of colonialism have seen a widening divide between the First Peoples of lands they once inhabited effectively uninterrupted for tens of thousands of years and the new dominant populations who at most are only hundreds of years old. The dominance of these new populations, whether they are the majority or the minority, has been […]

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