You still have power … despite the politicians that now sit in parliament

Our previous post encouraged Australians to vote for 'the things that matter' – for values, for a legacy that will inform a more inclusive future for the global community, …. And many of you did that. Many voted too it seems to demonstrate dissatisfaction with the major parties. And many voted because they trust what they …

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter

Sometimes we can feel that our vote is just going through the motions of some imposed regulation, that our one piece of paper means nothing. Often, in parts of the world, an election day can mean turbulence and violence. And in Australia it can come down to sausage sizzles and relief that we might not …

The “Australian Story” of Behrouz Boochani

Tonight (1 April, 2019) on Australia's national public broadcaster, the long running documentary series, "Australian Story" will focus on someone who isn't allowed to ever be Australian and, although he has committed no crime, is regularly vilified by many Australians, including members of the current Australian government. But Australia has shaped the last five years …

Hate Divides. Empathy Unites.

This post was started on the day after the horrific attack in New Zealand. It was then entitled "Jacinda Ardern and Fraser Anning: their messages … our response". Since then, there has been much social comment and media coverage in relation to the use of language and the attitudes that demonstrate a distinct contrast between …

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

As many of us feel relief at the passing of the medical evacuation bill (and others don't), it may be controversial to introduce a different perspective. Even so, there might just be some other aspects of the issue worth thinking about: Why did Australian politicians spend so much time debating multiple aspects of the issue …

FROM ‘innocents drowning’ TO ‘menace at the gates’

When we saw them floundering in the water as the debris of the pathetic vessels floated around them, Australians were motivated to prevent more innocent people from losing their lives by drowning. But now they're not people floundering. They are evil with destructive intent. An entity that requires ever-increasing "border protection" to prevent the infiltration …

Last Children off Nauru … credit where credit’s due

The Australian government has just indicated that the final four children who had been left on Nauru have been accepted for resettlement in the US with their families. Good news? Probably more relief that at least one vulnerable group is soon to be no longer subjected to a punishment they never deserved. It is always …

Detained asylum seeker wins Australia’s richest literary prize

It has just been announced that from Manus Island, Iranian-born refugee Behrouz Boochani has won both the non-fiction prize and the prize for literature at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for his book, 'No Friend but the Mountains'. The Guardian's full report is here. Will this lead to any change in the major parties' adherence …

Empathy Failure

Today is a public holiday in Australia to celebrate the nation. Last year I wrote this post in relation to the arrival of people on the shores of this country. I stand by it today. Each year non-indigenous Australians learn more about the impact on our First Nation's people of celebrating a day that means …

LAST CHANCE for Biloela Family

The people of Biloela have fought long and hard for the family of four who was taken away from them so suddenly. And yet the importance of that family remaining in the place that is their home has been overlooked and they are about to be deported to Sri Lanka. But there is one last …