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July 2019

Once we had nowhere to turn – suicidality, child sexual abuse and family violence – survivors kept their mouths shut; now there’s speaking up but still long way to go

Gerry Georgatos – As a young child, nearly half a century ago, I remember the absorption of sadness by some of Sydney’s Greek community of the suicide by a newly arrived Greek male. There was sadness but more silence than words. Years later I would read some of his letters to the homeland, yearning to […]

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Categories General News, Health and Wellness
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Acculturation, assimilation, racism – “Behave like White people”; Australia, still a racist’s country

Gerry Georgatos – Former Collingwood AFL club president Allan McAlister, once said of First Nations footballers that they “only need to behave like White players” if they want to be respected. Acculturation and assimilation are still the gig. It remains a racist’s Australia. We live in a polycultural society but misoxeny and xenophobia prevail. Acculturation […]

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Don’t vilify beggars & the homeless – if they beg, it is beggary

Gerry Georgatos – Careless assumptions, predicated by unconscious and conscious biases and prejudices, when dished prematurely into public domains, particularly through the media, can lead to vilification of the vulnerable. Classism as an -ism may seemingly endure into the ages, long after the rest of the -isms are done, dusted. But classism can be viciously […]

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Categories General News, Human Rights
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Disabling trauma, worries, stresses – reducing suicidality

Gerry Georgatos – Psychosocial is back. Disabling trauma as I’ve coined needs to core trauma understandings. Vicarious trauma is embedded in our daily lives. These premises may radicalise how we deal with trauma and conflict. There must be nothing that we fear discussing. Our psyches cannot remain as if unconscious. We need to develop substantial […]

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Who are we? Every 5 seconds a child dies

Gerry Georgatos – Horrendous lies, moral abominations, unprincipled politics, reprehensible grim makings have culminated in a child aged less than 15 dying every five seconds. Horrendous lies include that the one that the world’s poor are being lifted from extreme poverty. More than seven out of every ten human beings live in poverty. Moral abominations […]

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Dead at 45, homeless Australians – half-lives

Gerry Georgatos – Homeless Australians on average die in their forties, not only living depleted lives but also half-lives. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Census counts nearly 117,000 Australians in some form of homelessness with more than 7,000 living on the streets. I argue that homelessness is now in excess of 300,000 Australians – likely […]

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Australia, NZ; classists & human rights abusers

Gerry Georgatos – Australia is by various accounts one of the world’s wealthiest countries despite many languishing in poverty and some in abject poverty. Australia is the world’s 12th biggest economy. According to the Global Wealth Report 2018 the median wealth of adult Australians is $264,903 AUD. That’s the highest in the world. The median […]

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Smashing myths on reasons for public housing evictions

Gerry Georgatos – The Department of Communities Western Australia which incorporates public housing in its regime recently suggested in the media that disruptive behaviour is one of the major underwriters to the Department’s alarmingly high eviction rate of public housing tenants. Wrong. Western Australia has the nation’s highest eviction rate of public housing tenants. Victoria […]

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Indian women are 2 of 5 of world’s female suicides

Gerry Georgatos – Annually, India accounts for nearly 200,000 of the world’s suicides. Poverty intersects and is the predominant underwriting narrative. Alarmingly, India accounts for nearly 40 percent of the world’s female suicides. Once again poverty intersects, particularly crushing levels of poverty. However, within the Indian poverty narrative there is pronounced patriarchy and within crushing […]

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Claim that 80% of suicides are “mental health” related is wrong

Gerry Georgatos – Suicide is the leading cause of unnatural deaths. Australia’s suicide toll is increasing at one of the world’s highest rates   Australia’s suicide toll has increased by 35 percent in the last decade   Australia’s First Nations suicide toll has increased by 60 percent in the last decade   Nearly one in 3 […]

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