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What is wrong with our doctors?

June 22, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

By Christopher Kennedy It does not surprise me that young doctors have mental problems at twice the rate of the general population. It was only one hundred and twenty years ago that doctors figured out what the heart did. Two hundred years ago they were also the town barber and surgeon. They had no idea.…

Betrayed … by the mainstream media

June 22, 2017 - 09:00 -- Admin

What needs to be done for the stinking mainstream media? As I see it, the majority of problems have two origins: Problems Created (in the original design) and; Problems Arising (from result of application). The first can be excused as unforeseen, the second can be deduced from incremental measures while in use. The logic is…

Day to Day Politics: Overlooking politics for the common good.

June 22, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Thursday June 22, 2017 Had they really wanted a bipartisan approach the Prime Minister could have taken up the Opposition Leader’s offer to talk about the Finkel Report. Conversely, the Opposition leader, instead of just saying no, could have supported the Gonski reforms and still come out on top. But Australian politics as it is…

Hanson displays her ignorance

June 21, 2017 - 16:54 -- Admin

By Jane Salmon In suggesting that ‘autistic kids should be removed from mainstream classes,’ Pauline Hanson has reached a new low. The view Hanson reflects is one of ignorant prejudice, scarcity and austerity. Yep, my tackers with ASD are sometimes disruptive or especially emotional. They have painful struggles. This is easing with time, skill, therapy…

Shooting yourself in the foot

June 21, 2017 - 13:30 -- Admin

By their own admission, Coalition politicians don’t bother reading reports to inform their opinion before they shoot their mouths off – Abbott with the BHP Olympic Dam report, Pyne with the original Gonski report, MacDonald with the Forgotten Children report, Kelly with the Finkel report – they have their ingrained ideological views that will not…

Sincerity vs theatrics

June 20, 2017 - 09:53 -- Admin

As I listened to the panellists on Q&A last night discussing the erosion of trust in institutions, I was forcibly struck by the quiet common sense of Jane Goodall and her inspirational message to a young boy who asked what he, at age 11, could do to help prevent the destruction of natural habitats, and…

Citizen Shadow Parliaments – an alternative planning approach?

June 20, 2017 - 09:30 -- Admin

By Matthew Mitchell Do you ever wonder what our society would look like if everyday people were calling the shots? If everyday people had more influence rather than a few privileged rich and large corporations? Would we have sold our public utilities? Would the centre of Melbourne look less like Manhattan; have less poorly constructed…