In a country inhabited by both the oldest documented living culture and a population that collectively speaks more than 200 languages – the growing and vocal undertones of racism are alarming. Read more
I love adjectives, I really do.
They give life and colour and context to those plain old nouns. For example “a remarkable idea” takes on a whole different colour to “an idea”.
But I find that I’m rebelling against the use of adjectives that describe how things should be done…
Free-range eggs Read more
3 separate news stories, detailing aspects of the housing crisis in various remote Indigenous communities, were published on SMH.com.au on 19th March 2009. Collectively these articles paint a picture of the unacceptable plight of these communities and some obvious solutions.
Doors shut to remote houses pitch tells the story of Alf Arnold. An Aboriginal man, structural engineer and builder of 40 years’ experience who has developed a system that can build flexible but extremely resilient kit homes for remote Indigenous and mining communities Read more
As reported by smh.com.au – 9th February 2009
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, her voice wavering with choked-up emotion, has told the nation’s Parliament the Victorian bushfire tragedy will remembered as one of the darkest days in Australia’s peacetime history.
She offered Parliament’s deepest and most sincere condolences to suffering families and to lost communities.
“The seventh of February 2009 will now be remembered as one of the darkest days Read more
The call to ban alcohol advertising is not a new one.
But when the Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Professor Michael Good, calls for a ban on alcohol advertising it’s time again to sit up and listen. And he’s not alone…
As reported in the Courier Mail on 7th December – “surgeons have joined the push for the promotion of alcohol to face the same stringent controls as tobacco, saying risky drinking is more common”. Read more
I learnt today that the privatised prison industry in the United States predicts the value of its stock, in part, based on the future school performance of African-American and Latin-American third graders.
The industry also predicts it’s future bed numbers on the number of African-American and Latin-American third-graders – apparently the ratio is that 4 out of 10 will need a prison bed in 10 years time.
I find this sad and obscene. Read more
Yesterday was a proud and historic moment for our nation.
As an Australian I was deeply humbled and proud to hear our Prime Minister say the words ‘we are sorry’.
It marked and symbolised a new beginning in our relationship with the Indigenous peoples of this land and a significant healing in the lives of many, many people.
People who were directly affected by the indiscriminate removal of children from their families and communities. Read more
February 13, 2008
Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia
That today we honour the indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.
The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by Read more