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Sunday 29th of March 2020 (UTC)

August 2019

“You do listen” but Governments don’t, and preventable suicides escalate

In the fog of my memories the deep cut through the mist is the connectedness, the meeting of people. One community I have had much to do with but had not been to until only several years ago is Beagle Bay. A beautiful sub-tropical pristine community of 400 residents. There is no police station, no […]

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Phillinka Powdrill – the majority of suicides were preventable

Gerry Georgatos – Lena Andrews thinks of her daughter, Phillinka, every day. Phillinka, eighteen years old, died by suicide in the Kimberley’s Fitzroy. The services failed Phillinka. No-one but her family was there for her. Phillinka ended it all by hanging, on October 18, 2014. Lena and her family were not supported. It was all […]

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Robodebt suicide, 19-year-old mum

Gerry Georgatos – A Robodebt contributed to the death by suicide of a 19 year-old-mother. Stressors and suicide are always the story. Society is defined by the sum of its relationships, and many relationships are that classist, racist, sexist, ableist, ageist that we devastate people. Australia is heading once again to 3,000 suicides. Once again, Australia […]

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“They came through the gate with my boy’s body more than six hours later”

By Gerry Georgatos – “They took my boy’s body away. I wanted to go with my son. They left us behind. They didn’t care to listen.” “They just looked at us. They flew off, right in our faces.” “They left us behind.” “They just left us,” said mother, Gwen Sturt. Through the night, with torrid rains […]

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If there is deficit, there is surplus – harm economics

Gerry Georgatos – Where there is deficit, somewhere else there is surplus. In economical terms someone’s deficit is someone else’s unfair gain. That’s greed economics and underwrites income inequalities. I describe greed economics as harm economics, and which culminates in high suicide tolls and rates. The majority of suicides are the direct result of socioeconomic […]

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Nearly 1,000 suicides of migrant born Australians

Gerry Georgatos – It has taken years for an at long last acknowledgement of the fact that nearly one-third of Australia’s suicides are of migrant born Australians, with a significant proportion relatively newly arrived. I have been writing relentlessly for years about the harrowing high number of suicides of the migrant-born and of the children […]

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Categories General News, Health and Wellness
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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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Categories General News, Social Policy
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Disabling trauma is the way to reducing suicidality

Gerry Georgatos – Suicide has always been with us despite its once again rising tide. It is not a tragedy of days modern but one of the ‘of the ages’, of human context. Suicide has always been considered historically as a breaking of the human spirit, of a downing of morale, relief from seeming endless […]

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There is more social justice today than ever before

Gerry Georgatos – The road of social justice is one with no end in sight and it is one without cobble, faithful only in its tribulations and headwinds. It is one that does not speak of the future but of long tomorrows, of sacrifice and courage to change the world in the striving to leave […]

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Categories Human Rights
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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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Categories Social Policy
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